May 2018

Trends, mergers, disrupters impact ongoing healthcare strategies

From time to time, it is worthwhile to review national trends in health care, as they will influence our ability to care for our communities

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April 2018


An update on physician wellness and leadership: A message from Thomas Balcezak, MD, Chief Medical Officer

National discussions highlighting physician burnout, physician health, and work-life balance have increased focus on physician well-being and engagement.
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March 2018

In celebration of National Doctors’ Day: A message from Thomas Balcezak, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Today marks the annual observation of National Doctors’ Day. On this day, we recognize physicians, their work and their contributions to society and our community.
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February 2018

The mutual commitment toward "greater alignment": A message from Thomas Balcezak, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Yale New Haven Hospital and the Yale School of Medicine have been intertwined for as long as both have existed. We are bound together by our common missions of patient care, teaching and advancing knowledge through research.

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January 2018

Connectivity, communication and high reliability: A message from Thomas Balcezak, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Facilitating communication across the hospital and health system is essential to effective performance improvement, increasing alignment across our large and growing medical staff, and to providing timely, safe, and patient-centered care consistent with our ongoing journey towards high reliability.

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November - December 2017

Capacity Command Center launches new era in patient management: A message from Thomas Balcezak, MD, Chief Medical Officer

The new Capacity Command Center provides unprecedented real-time insight into clinical operations, organizes key services and hardwires lessons learned into enhanced workflows to prevent the recurrence of operational defects.

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October 2017

Taking better aim at performance improvement: A message from Thomas Balcezak, MD, Chief Medical Officer

One hallmark of a healthy organizational culture is the ability to create alignment across all aspects of the organization by clearly communicating strategic direction. The beginning of a new fiscal year provides an opportunity to discuss our Performance Improvement Plan, which provides a road map for our improvement activities for the next 12 months. The Performance Improvement Plan is created based upon input from physician, nursing and administrative leaders, performance data and comparison with our peers.

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September 2017

Balancing the perception and reality of the U.S.News rankings: A message from Thomas Balcezak, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Many of us have discussed our strategy to improve our national rankings such that they accurately reflect the great strides we have made in clinical breadth, quality and safety in patient care. While rankings like the U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" have many flaws, they are noticed and valued by the general public.

 

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August 2017

The value of physician dashboards and individual clinical performance data: A message from Thomas Balcezak, MD, Chief Medical Officer

A focus on enhancing the value of care we provide guides much of the work I do and it is a common theme in my messages to you. We chose High Reliability as the guide for our ongoing journey towards that goal. Two key elements of a high reliability culture are transparency and accountability. In our ongoing journey to enhance value, we all must have the tools to understand and learn from our strengths and weaknesses.

 

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July 2017

Returning to basics invigorates professionalism, patient-centered collaboration: A message from Thomas Balcezak, MD, Chief Medical Officer

July is an important month at Yale New Haven Hospital, as we welcome the latest class of more than 300 new residents and fellows to our community.

 

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June 2017

Driving culture through medical staff engagement and alignment: A message from Thomas Balcezak, MD, Chief Medical Officer

The importance of developing a safe, collaborative, fair and just institutional culture is central to our success in navigating the challenges that face us in health care.

 

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