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Hear what today's leading healthcare experts have to say about the future of children's health:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

David Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, Director and Founder of Yale University's Prevention Research Center (Bio)

Feet, Forks and the Fate of Children
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP is an internationally renowned authority on nutrition, weight control, and the prevention of chronic disease. He is also recognized internationally as an authority on evidence-based, integrative medicine.

He is an Associate Professor (adjunct) of Public Health Practice, and formerly the Director of Medical Studies in Public Health, at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Katz directs Yale University’s Prevention Research Center ( which he co-founded in 1998. As director of this clinical research laboratory dedicated to chronic disease prevention, Katz has served as Principal Investigator for numerous community and clinical trials, and has acquired and managed over $25 million in research funds.

Dr. Katz earned his BA from Dartmouth College (in 3 years), his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health.

Admiral Clara H. Cobb RN, MSN, FNP, Assistant Surgeon General,
Region IV

Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future
12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

Admiral Cobb serves as the principal federal public health leader, reporting directly to the Assistant Secretary for Health. She provides executive level leadership in policy development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs and directs five regionally based programs designed to protect and promote the health of all communities within the eight southeastern states; Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina and North Carolina.


Patrick J. Hagan, MHSA
, President and COO, Seattle Children's Hospital

Innovation and the Paradox of Standard Work
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

The idea of using standardization to move healthcare forward contradicts one’s intuitive understanding of what is needed to innovate and stay ahead in a complex industry. Yet the very practice of using predictable, reliable methods within a continuous performance improvement (CPI) context is a proven pathway to innovation and is yielding big benefits in quality, safety, cost, engagement and service delivery at Seattle Children’s Hospital. This session will present the framework and results possible when harnessing a data-driven and standard approach to improving processes in healthcare. 

Learn about recent advances and innovations to benefit patients, make the work of healthcare practitioners easier and achieve sustainable change that could apply in your healthcare setting.

Patrick Hagan joined Seattle Children’s in May 1996 and currently serves as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Over the past 25 years he has held executive positions at children’s hospitals in Ohio and Arizona, in addition to Seattle. Learning from the experiences of Toyota, Boeing, Genie, and other companies utilizing continuous improvement principles and tools, Pat has led and helped develop the CPI strategy at Seattle Children’s.  Uniquely, Seattle Children’s CPI strategy builds not only upon continuous improvement methodology but also upon the Service “Hardwiring” lessons of Quint Studer and others, and the Engagement philosophy espoused by the Gallup Organization.  This multi-dimensional approach has much to do with Children’s outstanding success in improving its performance in service quality, clinical access, patient safety, staff engagement, and financial results.  Pat has sponsored, led, or participated in several Rapid Process Improvement Workshops, and teaches Children’s week-long CPI Leader Training course.  Over the past several years Pat has spoken at numerous conferences and institutions about CPI and Seattle Children’s successful application of this transformative strategy.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Charles J. Homer MD, MPH, President and CEO, NICHQ (Bio)

10 Year Retrospective on the Progress Made in Children's Health Quality Improvement
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Dr. Homer's presentation included a video from the Perinatal Quality Cooperative of North Carolina (PQCNC) entitled, "Gabby," about the importance of the Catheter Associated Blood Stream Infections (CABSI) initiative. Click here to watch the video.

Dr. Homer will discuss the most promising work being done in children's healthcare quality today, progress being made towards achieving a vision of better care, trends in pediatric healthcare to look for in 2010, how today's healthcare professionals can leverage their roles to improve future outcomes and the role the new administration will have on addressing the health and healthcare needs of children and families.

Charles J. Homer is a Founder and the CEO and President of the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ).  Dr. Homer is a pediatrician with advanced training in epidemiology.  He is an Associate Professor of the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard University School of Public Health and an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  He was a member of the third US Preventive Services Task Force from 2000 – 2002 and served as chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management from 2001 – 2004. Prior to his position at NICHQ, he was director of the Clinical Effectiveness Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, and served as program director of the first federally supported fellowship training programs in pediatric primary care and health services research.  Dr. Homer is a frequent speaker on quality measurement and quality improvement for children’s healthcare. 

Daniel Salinas MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Zero is a Real Number: The Children’s Journey to Excellence in Pediatric Quality Outcomes
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

When two formal pediatric hospital rivals came together a little more than ten years ago, the one commonality between the two medical staffs was a dedication to high quality pediatric care. This is the story about the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta journey to Quality and improved patient outcomes—and the guiding principle lighting that journey is the understanding that zero is a real number. Learn what Children’s has done to bring its organization closer to zero, and what Daniel Salinas, M.D., SVP, Chief Medical Officer for Children’s, envisions for the future of quality pediatric healthcare, not just for Children’s, but for the industry as a whole.

Daniel Salinas, M.D., is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In this role, Dr. Salinas provides visionary leadership for the clinical delivery systems and draws on his skills as a relationship-builder and facilitator to forge partnerships with physician practices. In addition, he provides oversight to the Children’s Medical Directors, service line Chief Medical Officers, Medical Affairs department and Child Health Promotion—the advocacy arm of Children’s.

Dr. Salinas has a proven track record as a well-known pediatrician and physician leader committed to the care of Georgia’s children. Before coming to Children’s, he served as Regional Vice President and National Medical Director for WellPoint Inc. Previously, he was Vice President and Medical Director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and served in a number of leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente.

A native of Houston, Texas, Dr. Salinas earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School, after earning his bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran College. He currently serves on the HSOC Board of Trustees and is a member of the Children’s Healthcare Surgery Center at Meridian Mark Plaza and the Fragile Kids Foundation Board.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lisa Simpson MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP, Director, Child Policy Research Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Turning 10: Personal Learning and Policy Progress
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

This keynote will reflect on the progress we have made in the last decade in understanding quality of care for children, how well we are applying that knowledge in the design of policy and system strategies to sustain care improvement, and what opportunities exist in the coming years to truly transform care for children.

Dr. Simpson is Director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Health Policy and Clinical Effectiveness, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. The Center provides evidence based information to inform policy and program decisions at the local, state, and national levels with an emphasis on strategies to improve the quality of healthcare, the effectiveness of public policies, and child well being.

Dr. Simpson, a board-certified pediatrician, was formerly the Deputy Director at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor for John Hopkins University School of Public Health and University of Hawaii's Schools of Public Health and Medicine. She has received numerous awards including the Excellence in Public Service Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Senior Executive Service Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, and the DHHS Secretary's Distinguished Service Award for the development of a user-driven and integrated planning, budget and evaluation strategy for the Agency.

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