Law & Governance

Law & Governance 13(8) January 2010
Governance

From Boardroom to Bedside: How to Define and Measure Hospital Quality

Michael Heenan, Haajra Khan and Dorothy Binkley

Abstract

[This article was originally published in Healthcare Quarterly 13(1).]

Following the release of its strategic plan, in which patient safety and quality were highlighted as key directions, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton recognized the importance of engaging its board of trustees to achieve these goals. Following a collaborative retreat with senior management, medical staff leadership and professional practice leaders, the board enhanced its governance oversight on quality. By removing quality from the consent agenda, defining quality and selecting a series of "big dot" measures, the board has led the development of a culture of quality that cascades from the boardroom to the bedside. This article describes how the organization followed a systematic process to define quality and select big dot quality indicators.

 

Comments

Be the first to comment on this!

Note: Please enter a display name. Your email address will not be publically displayed