NEW ORLEANS - In addition to being a non-profit healthcare system, Ochsner is also a non-university based academic teaching facility. And as such, Ochsner announced today it has been named a 2008 Alliance Innovation Award winner for exemplifying creative and innovative approaches to medical education and research which, in turn, have resulted in better patient outcomes.
Ochsner was recognized for its AIAMC National Initiative: Improving Patient Care through GME. Ochsner was selected to participate because it demonstrated leadership in utilizing graduate medical education to improve quality, patient safety, and the cost-effectiveness of care.
The Alliance Innovation Award is presented annually by The Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC). Winners must demonstrate a change in development of innovative medical education programs for residents, physicians and other staff, or the development and/or application of scientific discoveries.
Kimberly Pierce-Boggs, Executive Director of the AIAMC says that "those of us in academic medicine realize that residents play an important role in patient care at teaching institutions; however, residents are generally not visible in safety and quality efforts." Therefore, the National Initiative developed a resident-driven quality improvement effort shared across multiple programs in the U.S. Ochsner was honored for its role in implementing this successful venture, resulting in improved patient outcomes.
The Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers is a national membership organization made up of 60 major academic medical centers and health systems committed to quality patient care, medical education and research. AIAMC members regard medical education and research as strategic assets in providing patient-centered care; operate independently of medical school ownership or governance while maintaining major medical school affiliations; care for a patient population that mirrors their local communities; and provide teaching and research that is innovative, applicable to practice and community responsive. For more information on the AIAMC and its membership, visit http://www.aiamc.org.
Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education. The system includes seven hospitals and over 35 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and 450 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner was ranked one of the "Best Places to Work" by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years. Ochsner was ranked as "Best" Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007. Ochsner has over 10,000 employees system-wide.