Category Archives: Implementation

19 July 2016

Sheridan Helps NICU Boost Average Daily Census 600%

Sheridan Healthcare’s decade-long partnership with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has helped St. Francis Medical Center upgrade to a level III NICU, increase its ADC to six times the original volume, decrease the minimum gestational age of the babies it cares for by five weeks, build its market reputation and improve the quality of care.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care facility in Colorado Springs that includes Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Healthgrades has named Penrose-St. Francis one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” for nine years in a row (2008 - 2016).

About 10 years ago, Penrose-St. Francis wanted to upgrade the level...

11 July 2016

Engaging Physicians Collaboratively to Innovate Emergency Medicine

In today’s value-based care environment, healthcare providers are feeling the urgency of finding better ways to improve their processes and communications.   The problems caused by inefficient processes and poor communication are magnified exponentially in emergency departments (EDs) because of the high patient volume and high proportion of patients needing urgent care.  Sheridan physicians have already implemented innovative ED process and communication improvements that have improved patient care, cleared ED bottlenecks, dramatically lowered “left before being seen” rates and increased patient satisfaction. In 2015, the organization launched an annual Innovate Emergency Medicine (iEM) conference to...

6 July 2016

Physician Spotlight: Jody Crane, MD, MBA

Dr. Jody Crane is the chief clinical operations officer for Sheridan’s Emergency Medicine Division. A respected expert in emergency department (ED) operations, Dr. Crane wears many hats. In addition to his responsibilities at Sheridan, he’s the co-author of “The Definitive Guide to Emergency Department Operational Improvement: Employing Lean Principles with Current ED Best Practices to Create the ‘No Wait’ Department.” He’s also a very active educator who is helping to drive healthcare process and clinical improvements around the world.

Dr. Crane’s work in these varied roles focuses on ED and hospital-wide operations, the application of lean principles within the healthcare...

22 June 2016

IBM Selects Sheridan Healthcare for Global Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative

Sheridan is proud to announce that it has been selected by IBM as one of the foundational partners in the new Watson Health medical imaging collaborative, a global initiative comprising 16 leading health systems, academic medical centers, ambulatory radiology providers and imaging technology companies. The collaborative aims to bring cognitive imaging into daily medical practice to help doctors address breast, lung and other cancers; diabetes; eye health; brain disease; and heart disease and related conditions, such as stroke. IBM Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability and is delivered through the cloud. Watson analyzes extremely large volumes of unstructured data, understands complex,...

20 June 2016

Communication and Transparency in Lean Process Improvement

A recent article in Modern Healthcare discussed the importance of data transparency and communication in targeting process improvements effectively. One of the examples highlighted was the Project Zero campaign launched in 2011 by St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho to eliminate hospital-acquired infection in the orthopedic service line. By allowing orthopedic surgeons to routinely monitor the system's infection rate after knee and hip replacement surgeries, laminectomy procedures and spinal fusion surgeries, St. Luke’s was able to reduce the rate from 1.08 percent to 0.57 percent in two years. In addition to tracking data, effective communication and collaboration were key to success. Dr. Kevin Shea,...

15 June 2016

Slowing the Superbug Evolution: Improving Antibiotic Stewardship in the ED

Scientists have warned for years that overuse of antibiotics would eventually lead to bacterial infections against which these “miracle drugs” would be ineffective. A world in which antibiotics are powerless to fight infections seems almost unimaginable. But the threat of untreatable infections is very real, and we’re getting closer to that ominous scenario.

In May, a bacterium that is resistant to an antibiotic of last resort was found in a patient in the U.S. for the first time. The presence of the mcr-1 gene was discovered in an E. coli bacteria cultured from a patient who had been treated for a urinary tract infection on April 26 at an outpatient military facility in Pennsylvania. Tests showed that...

7 June 2016

The Physician Burnout Epidemic, Part 2: How Physician Leaders Can Help Combat Burnout

In Part 1 of this series we reviewed the root causes of the alarming increase in physician burnout. Part 2 focuses on the important role physician leaders can and must play in helping to not only stem but also reverse the pervasive tide of dissatisfaction and burnout among doctors affiliated with health systems, hospitals and large physician services companies.

Research has shown that physician leaders have a major impact on burnout in those who report to them. In the April 2015 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers Tait D. Shanafelt, M.D. and colleagues shared the results of their study evaluating the impact of organizational leadership on the professional satisfaction and burnout of individual...

31 May 2016

Sheridan Congratulates First Graduates of Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program’s inaugural class of 29 Sheridan physicians graduated from the leadership training program on May 13, 2016. The 18-month training program, which launched in October 2014, is designed to prepare the next generation of clinical leaders within the organization to take on future leadership roles.

Sheridan partnered with the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), now the American Association of Physician Leadership® (AAPL), to create the Emerging Leaders Program curriculum, which includes both online and in-person training designed and facilitated by AAPL faculty. The courses focus primarily on leadership skills, but also include other topics such as finance, quality and other...

24 May 2016

MACRA Gets Real: What It Really Means for Doctors

MACRA – the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 – was signed into law more than a year ago. Yet it’s only recently (April 27, 2016) that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finally released the first major proposed regulation under the law. The proposed rule on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive lays out the two payment track options under MACRA (referred to collectively by the CMS as the Quality Payment Program or QPP).

MACRA fundamentally changes how Medicare pays physicians and other clinicians who participate in the program. A key feature is the permanent repeal of the CMS’s unpopular...

6 May 2016

Physician Spotlight: Gerald A. Maccioli, MD, FCCM

Dr. Maccioli serves as Sheridan’s Chief Quality Officer. Before joining Sheridan in 2015, he practiced Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine for more than 27 years. He served as Director of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) for North Carolina and as Chair of the ASA Section on Education and Research. He also served as President of the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists. As the Chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Committee of Innovators, Dr. Maccioli played an influential role in developing comprehensive, progressively responsible healthcare reform strategies. He continues to serve on the AMA’s Quality Improvement Advisory Committee (QIAC) as well as the Committee on Practice...