Denver Health Leads the Way!
The National Association of Public Hospitals had its annual
meeting in Denver, Colorado this week. Denver is the home of Denver
Health, a nationally recognized integrated health care system, renowned
for its mission and quality. As part of the annual meeting, I had the
opportunity to attend a day long seminar which was held on the campus of
Denver Health. I was very excited to have the opportunity to visit the
campus to observe Denver Health in person. Check out the pictures above
and below from the visit to their campus.
We heard from their CEO, Dr. Patricia Gabow, whom I consider to be an
icon and pioneer in the world of public hospital integrated development
systems. Dr. Gabow is very proud of their adoption of the LEAN
methodology as a way of "saving lives, saving money and saving jobs" as a
quality improvement effort. Also pictured below is UK HealthCare's
Penne Allison as she had a follow up discussion with Dr. Gabow after her
presentation to the group.
The results of Gabow's leadership speak for themselves.
Denver health :
has the best trauma survival rate in the nation at 95 percent
has overall mortality which is one of the lowest of all academic centers in the nation
is frequently the award recipient on cost and quality initiatives from national associations
It was very reassuring to observe that UK HealthCare is following
along similar paths in the pursuit of excellence in health care delivery
as we pursue our vision of becoming a national leader as an integrated
L to R: Penne Allison, UK HealthCare and Dr. Patricia Gabow, Denver Health
Denver Health Medical Center