05.27.2011

Monroe Clinic Engages Nurses to Participate in National Quality Improvement Program

Monroe Clinic is pleased to announce its selection and participation in Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB), part of an innovative nationwide healthcare quality program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. TCAB brings together teams from 16 Wisconsin hospitals to lead improvements in the quality and safety of patient care.

TCAB is a nurse-led hospital program that engages frontline staff to identify, pilot, test and adopt new practices over an 18-month period. The medical/surgical nurses are leading the way at Monroe Clinic. They’ll be sharing successes and lessons learned with both staff and regional and national partners.

“Sharing information and successes both internally and externally affects the quality of care our patients receive,” said Paula Elmer, chief nursing officer at Monroe Clinic. “Our participation in this program shows our commitment to leading healthcare improvements and increasing efficiency to produce better patient experiences and outcomes.”

TCAB is part of Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), the foundation’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care and provide models for national reform. The AF4Q TCAB program in Wisconsin is led by the Wisconsin Hospital Association and is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through a grant to the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality. In all, 17 regions across the country are a part of the Aligning Forces initiative.

“This program is a great fit for us, as it aligns with other process improvement initiatives at Monroe Clinic,” Elmer added. “Oftentimes, the best solutions and changes are discovered by those closest to work. In this case, our nurses are empowered to make key decisions affecting patient care.”

 

About TCAB

In Wisconsin, Aligning Forces for Quality is a joint project by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, Wisconsin Hospital Association, and other organizations. Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AF4Q and all of the regional TCAB efforts are coordinated by The Center for Health Care Quality at The George Washington University Medical Center School of Public Health and Health Services, which serves as the national program office for the Aligning Forces for Quality initiative. Local hospitals were recently asked to apply to participate in this hospital-based quality improvement component of the initiative.