Saint Francis Honored with Learning Health System Planning Award

One of seven in the U.S. to be recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges 

(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 care delivery.”   

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