SCOTT ELLNER, D.O., M,P.H., NAMED PATIENT SAFETY FELLOW Will Participate in Prestigious Leadership Program

(HARTFORD, Conn., July 27, 2010) – Scott Ellner, D.O., M.P.H., of West Hartford, Director of Surgical Quality at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has been named to the 2010-2111 Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship program.

Dr. Ellner is one of 30 clinical and administrative leaders from across the country chosen for the leadership development program. Taught by internationally recognized health policy leaders, the one-year program is designed to help healthcare professionals develop leadership skills that will allow them to organize a culture of patient safety within their organizations.

Throughout the year, fellows attend four retreats, complete self-study modules and participate in monthly conference calls. As part of the program, Dr. Ellner will develop and implement for Saint Francis a post-operative debriefing checklist for specific surgical cases to improve communications, work flow and patient outcomes, as well as to identify processes to enhance patient safety.

The Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship is sponsored by the American Hospital Association and the National Patient Safety Foundation, in partnership with the Health Research & Educational Trust, Health Forum, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

“Dr. Ellner is a skilled clinician and a physician leader. We highly value his contributions to Saint Francis and are honored that he has been selected for this prestigious fellowship,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, the Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Ellner received his degree in osteopathic medicine from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif., and a master’s degree in public health from San Diego State University.

He served as an intern, resident and executive chief resident in surgery, and a postdoctoral research fellow in surgical oncology at the University of California at San Diego. He later served as a fellow in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery at the University of Connecticut/Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Board certified in surgery, Dr. Ellner holds appointments as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets. It is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.