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The 19th Annual James E. & Bonnie L. Eckenhoff Lecture and John & Gwen Smart Symposium

The Buehler Center is delighted to host the 2014 Eckenhoff lecture, “Spiritual Care: What Do Your Patients Want and What Difference Does it Make?” which will be presented by Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH. Dr. Balboni currently serves as an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, and acts as Director of the Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center – a service dedicated to the palliative radiation therapy needs of cancer patients.

When: October 30, 2014
12:00-1:00pm Eckenhoff Lecture
1:00-2:00pm Smart Symposium
2:00-3:00pm Age Friendly Chicago Round Table

Where: Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
Hughes Family Auditorium, 1st floor
303 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611


Partnership for Patients Announces Impact of Efforts

Partnership for Patients Logo The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the efforts to reduce hospital-induced harm, including the Partnership for Patients of which PSEP is a partner with both the National Content Developer and the Joint Commission Resources Hospital Engagement Network, has prevented nearly 15,000 deaths in hospitals, avoided 560,000 patient injuries, and approximately $4 billion in health spending over 2011 and 2012. Additionally, the Medicare all-cause 30-day readmission rate has decreased from 18.5% to approximately 17.5% in 2013 after not experiencing any change from 2007 to 2011. PSEP’s partnership with the National Content Developer continues to September 2014, and the partnership with the JCR HEN continues until the end of 2014. Read more...

PSEP – Canada in the news

PSEP - Canada Logo The PSEP – Canada program has recently publicized two of their success stories. The first is on the successes of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in building a patient safety culture and can be found here. The second is the story of the success that Prairie Mountain Health has been having in developing a quality and patient safety program built on the PSEP – Canada curriculum for its core educational materials. PSEP continues to be proud of all the success that our partner the Canadian Patient Safety Institute has had with the PSEP – Canada program. Read more...

Gerontological Society of America Appointment for Dr. Eisenstein

Amy Eisenstein Amy Eisenstein, PhD, MA, has been named the co-convener of the Environmental Aging Interest Group for the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Eisenstein has been a member of the society for 11 years and is looking forward to her new role. Congratulations Dr. Eisenstein! Read more...

The 18th Annual James E. & Bonnie L. Eckenhoff Lecture and John & Gwen Smart Symposium

The Buehler Center was delighted to host this year’s lecture, In Action to Transform: The Journeys of Patient Safety Advocates in the 21st Century, presented by Martin J. Hatlie, Esq. Mr. Hatlie is a leader in patient safety advocacy and CEO of Project Patient Care, the Chicagoland safety and quality coalition dedicated to using the voice of the patient to improve care. He is also president of Partnership for Patient Safety, a patient-centered initiative whose mission is to advance the reliability of healthcare systems worldwide. This year's event was held on Monday, October 21, 2013. Read more...

The Buehler Center Partners with the City of Chicago for Age-Friendly City Evaluation

Age-Friendly ChicagoThe Buehler Center is currently working in partnership with the City of Chicago on an exciting local project. As part of the World Health Organization's Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities program, the center is conducting an independent evaluation of Chicago's age-friendliness; that is, an investigation into the assets and gaps in service of our city to its elderly citizens. In keeping with the center's person-centered research approach this project emphasizes listening to our city's older adults and representatives from key age-related institutions and organizations throughout the evaluation. In this way, the evaluation not only captures the clearest picture of our city's strengths and challenges, but also identifies strong community leaders and innovative programs that are capable of driving continuous improvement in age-friendliness. Read more...

PSEP – Canada Begins its Evaluation Research Phase

PSEP-Canada SealThe PSEP - Canada Evaluative Research Plan is the next phase of its partnership with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and is conducting a comprehensive, mixed methods evaluation of the PSEP - Canada curriculum. This project began in April 2013 and will run through September 2014. The program evaluation will include an analysis of existing demographic data, course evaluations, and test scores from Trainers who have attended PSEP - Canada training conferences; further, it will incorporate the development, administration, and analysis of qualitative surveys for both Trainers and an independent quality or patient safety representative from the Trainer’s home health care organization. The project will evaluate the extent to which PSEP - Canada Trainers have been able to implement change in their local patient safety culture, as well as lead quality improvement projects. Read more...

The Buehler Center Welcomes Four New Faculty

FireworksThe Buehler Center is thrilled to welcome four new faculty members. Rebecca Johnson, PhD, MSc was appointed Research Assistant Professor at the Center; she will focus on the development of projects that reflect her unique research skills spanning the humanities and the sciences. Amy Eisenstein, PhD, MA has joined the Center as Research Assistant Professor, where, in addition to conducting research, she will manage daily operations as Research Operations Manager. Dave Lu, MD, has joined as Co-Director of PSEP and also holds an appointment as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. Finally, Mitesh Rao, MD, MHS, joins as PSEP’s Co-Director and Director of the Health Services Evaluation and Policy Research Program. He also holds academic appointments within the departments of Medical Social Sciences and Emergency Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Welcome to all of our new faculty! Read more...

HealthCare Chaplaincy Research Featured on BMC Series Blog

HealthCare Chaplaincy Dr. Linda Emanuel, along with Rev. George Handzo and other colleagues at the HealthCare Chaplaincy (HCC), recently embarked on a three-year initiative to establish a foundational research community devoted to the study of hospital chaplaincy services. This project is funded by a grant award from the John Templeton Foundation. Read More...