Today's top story is Bon Secours own Jeff Doucette has been named one of just 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows for 2014.
Jeff, currently the vice president and chief nursing office at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
joins a select group of nurses from across the country chosen to participate in the final cohort of this world-class, three-year leadership development program
that is enhancing the effectiveness of nurse leaders who are working to improve the US health care system.
Jeff has been practicing for more than 20 years, spending the majority of his career in leadership and executive nursing roles.
In addition, he serves on the editorial advisory board for Nursing Management Journal and speaks extensively throughout the country on topics of interest to nursing leaders.
He is the national chairperson for Nursing Management Congress 2014.
Jeff is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds certifications as a Nurse Executive -Advanced, Certified Emergency Nurse, and Certified Executive in Nursing Practice.
Of Jeff, Dr. Linda Cronenweltt, PhD, RN, co-director of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Executive Nurse Fellowship program said,
"At this moment, when the role of nurses in providing care and promoting health is expanding and our country’s health care system is being transformed, we need nurse leaders with the strongest skills possible.
...we know that Dr. Doucette...will do a tremendous amount to improve health care and build a culture of health in the United States."
To which Jeff responded, "I am honored to have been selected for the 2014 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows cohort.
Today’s health care environment is incredibly challenging and complex.
I look forward to working with my colleagues to develop the necessary leadership skills to lead during this historic time of health care transformation."
Please join us in congratulating, Jeff Doucette, vice president and Chief Nursing Office at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital for this prestigious recognition and opportunity as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundatio Executive Nurse Fellow for 2014.
In other news, part of Good Help ACO's success will be dependent on Bon Secours care coordinators.
Accountable Care Organization regulations require all providers...including Bon Secours good help ACO...to coordinate care across settings.
Traditionally nurses have been responsible for coordinating care including physicians and their offices, hospitals, pharmacists, rehab centers and home settings...just to name a few.
As a consequence, ACOs are calling on nurses to coordinate care on a larger scale-
across the continuum of the organization-
to ensure the delivery of high-quality care.
Bon Secours Good Help ACO is responding to this need by adding 37 care managers to fill the role of care coordinator.
According to Good Help ACO project manager and director of implementation Keith Newnam...care coordination outreach continues to increase for our ACO population.
And how is that happening?
Well, ActiveHealth Management is reaching out thru telephonic care coordination and nearly 10,500 Good Help ACO patients have been identified for care services thru various Good Help ACO programs...
And the numbers will only increase.
Why? Because manual care coordination has begun transitioning toward integration between ConnectCare and Active Care Team.
By the way, Active Care Team is an industry-leading care engine application from Aetna used to identify patient care needs.
So with the integration of ConnectCare data and claim data, Active Care Team is helping care managers identify patient care needs in the care coordination process as required by ACO regulations.
At the end of the day, it's easy to see how care coordinators...nurses... will become the backbone of Good Help ACO's ability to improve the patient experience of care.
And remember, improving the patient experience of care is just one leg of IHI's Triple Aim...
a critical component of Bon Secours GoodHelp ACO's continued growth.
Finally, with all the changes taking place in healthcare today, it's important to be wired.
And Bon Secours is one of the Most Wired health systems in the US.
That's according to Health Networks magazine's Most Wired survey.
But what does that mean?... being Most Wired?
Well, according to Hospitals and Health Networks magazine, sponsor of the Most Wired survey, there are four main areas of focus...
business and administrative management,
clinical quality and safety, and
To be considered a Most Wired Hospital or Health System, organizations must meet the criteria in each section to achieve the Most Wired status.