Conn. July 7, 2015)–Saint Francis Care has been selected to participate in “National Initiative
Community Health and Health Equity through Medical Education. The Initiative is sponsored by the Alliance
of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), a national membership
organization based in Chicago, IL.
AIAMC National Initiative (NI) is the only national and multi-institutional
collaborative of its kind in which resident physicians lead multidisciplinary
teams in quality improvement projects aligned to their institution’s strategic
goals. Fifty-five hospitals and health
systems and more than 450 individuals have participated in the AIAMC National
Initiatives since 2007 and have driven change that resulted in meaningful and
sustainable outcomes which improved the quality and safety of patient
care. Twenty-nine AIAMC-member hospitals
and health systems were selected to participate in National Initiative V.
Francis was selected based upon its demonstrated commitment to better
understanding and reducing health disparities in its community. A leadership team from Saint Francis will
collaborate with select hospitals from across the United States in engaging community
partnerships that will result in better care for at-risk populations. Marcus
McKinney, D. Min., LPC, Vice President, Community Health Equity and
Health Policy at Saint Francis will attend four on-site learning sessions as
well as monthly networking teleconferences and educational webinars during the
18-month period of the National Initiative.
disparities in the United States are well documented, and academic medical
centers play a critical dual role in addressing this national problem: 1) they train medical residents and fellows,
the future physician workforce, and 2) many academic medical centers are key
safety net providers,” said Kimberly Pierce-Boggs, AIAMC Executive
Director. “The time is right for
forward-thinking academic medical centers to proactively address community
health needs while at the same time reforming residency training by involving
trainees directly in community-based initiatives designed to improve health and
inclusion in this prestigious organization is a testament to our continuing commitment
to health equity for the patients we serve,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Saint Francis Care.
look forward to participating in the educational and collaborative programs
that the National Health Equity Initiative offers,” McKinney said. “In our work
at the Curtis D. Robinson Center for
Health Equity, we are exploring new ways to bridge the divide between the
system of healthcare delivery and the current needs of community members who
choose Saint Francis as their healthcare provider.”
About the AIAMC
AIAMC was founded in 1989 and its membership includes 73 academic hospitals and
health systems representing more than 750 senior medical academic leaders. Membership in the association is unique in
that AIAMC members are affiliated with medical schools but are independent of
medical school ownership or governance.
AIAMC members regard medical education and research as strategic assets
in providing patient-centered care. As
the only national organization focused on the needs of independent academic medical
centers, the AIAMC is uniquely sized and poised to provide its members with the
core, foundational value of networking.
Networking in the AIAMC takes on many forms through its key values of
creating and sharing best practices, delivering relevant and targeted services
and providing strong and respected representation. For more information on the AIAMC and its
National Initiatives, visit www.aiamc.org.
About Saint Francis Care
Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north
central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed
for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest
Catholic hospital in New England. Other
major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners.
Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial
Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services,
is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.
Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five
major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout
the region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.