As reported in the Daily Briefing, An organization's culture and hospital staff's "team spirit" appears to affect patient outcomes, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
For the study, researchers across one year interviewed 158 staff members at 11 hospitals in the top 5% or the bottom 5% of myocardial infarction (MI) patient death rates to determine employees' "team spirit." In addition to possessing extensive MI expertise, the research showed that hospitals with high MI survival rates shared organizational values and goals and a "vision for excellence," ABC News reports.
Hospital Culture Staff Camaraderie Linked to Patient Outcomes
Mary Jo Lewis' unexpected visit to her hospital's ED—where Lewis encountered inefficiencies, even as staff failed to recognize their new CEO—has galvanized Sumner Regional Medical Center's (SRMC) efforts to upgrade processes and streamline work flow, the Gallatin News Examiner/Tennessean reports.
Undercover Boss - After ED Visit Hospital CEO Urges Upgrades
The American College of Cardiology has announced that it is currently working to define principles for the cardiac patient-centered medical home (PCMH).
By way of background, PCMHs intend to improve prevention and the continuity of patient treatment by identifying a physician responsible for each individual's care. Along with the medical home's care team, the personal physician becomes the central hub for patient health information. The medical home then receives an incentive payment for each individual whose care it coordinates.
ACC Developing Cardiac-Specific Medical Home Guidelines