• Snohomish County Leaders Invited to Participate in National Healthcare Symposium

    Healthcare team to address policy makers on providing low-cost, high-quality healthcare

    EVERETT, WA – (May 25, 2010) – The national Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) invited key representatives from the Everett area to share their innovative approaches to healthcare at a symposium titled, “How Will We Do That? Building Low-Cost, High-Quality Health Care Regions in America.” The Everett team includes representatives from The Everett Clinic, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Premera Blue Cross and Group Health.

    The two-day symposium in Washington, DC begins May 25. It is jointly-sponsored by the IHI, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, the Brookings Institution and the Harvard School of Public Health.

    Fifteen healthcare teams from around the nation were invited to participate. The teams chosen were those with intentional action to align their efforts with “Triple Aim” results – better health, better care, at lower cost. Last year, a national analysis by The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care identified Everett as one of 10 model communities able to provide high quality medical care at relatively low cost.

    The symposium will examine the local, regional, and national factors – including culture, finance, and delivery structures – that underlie the ability of certain communities to provide low-cost, high-quality healthcare. The information gleaned from this symposium will help create more innovative models of healthcare delivery.

    The symposium will be moderated by leading healthcare improvement experts, including; Donald M. Berwick, MD, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Atul Gawande, MD, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.

    Additional Contacts:

    Cheri Russum
    Providence Regional Medical
    Center Everett
    425-304-0591
    cheri.russum@providence.org 

    April Zepeda
    The Everett Clinic
    425-304-1139
    azepeda@everettclinic.com 

    Additional Media Contact:

    Madge Kaplan
    Institute for Healthcare Improvement
    mkaplan@ihi.org 

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