of seven in the U.S. to be recognized by the Association of American Medical
(Hartford, Conn. December 20, 2013) — Saint
Francis Hospital and Medical Center is one of seven national recipients to
receive a Learning Health System Planning
Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
The AAMC award recognizes institutions that have
implemented or wish to enhance capacity of innovative, system-wide processes
that improve the opportunity for research within one or more of three research
areas: quality improvement, health equity, and research using data from
electronic health records.
“This award reinforces our approach of using innovation and
research to improve the health of our patients and their families in an
accountable care environment across the Saint Francis system,” states
Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer.
“We are taking a disciplined, systematic approach to studying
our efforts to improve everyday clinical practice and health equity,” states
Gregory Makoul, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer and Chief
Academic Officer. “Saint Francis has been recognized as a leader in the crucial
area of developing and evaluating strategies to improve health
Saint Francis has freestanding residency and fellowship
programs, and is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University Of
Connecticut School Of Medicine.
Saint Francis created the Innovation
+ Learning Center at Saint Francis to encompass education, leadership development,
value-driven design, innovation, research and health equity initiatives to
improve the art and science of healthcare delivery. The goal of these efforts
is to build research capacity by implementing a fully integrated,
interdisciplinary model that aligns research development, performance
improvement, and health equity.
The Learning Health
System Planning Award includes a grant of up to $10,000 to allow award
winners to participate in site-to-site learning and coaching opportunities.
About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north
central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed
for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest
Catholic hospital in New England. Other
major entities of Saint Francis Care
include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint
Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut,
the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew
J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience
Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare
Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical
Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care
Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access
Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the
region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com