Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 30(1) March 2017 : 33-42.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2017.25107
Case Study

Integrated Comprehensive Care – A Case Study in Nursing Leadership and System Transformation

Laura Wheatley, Winnie Doyle, Cheryl Evans, Carolyn Gosse and Kevin Smith

Abstract

Calls for transformational change of our healthcare system are increasingly clear, persuasive and insistent. They resonate at all levels, with those who fund, deliver, provide and receive care, and they are rooted in a deep understanding that the system, as currently rigidly structured, most often lacks the necessary flexibility to comprehensively meet the needs of patients across the continuum of care. The St. Joseph's Health System (SJHS) Integrated Comprehensive Care (ICC) Program, which bundles care and funding across the hospital to home continuum, has reduced fragmentation of care, and it has delivered improved outcomes for patients, providers and the system. This case study explores the essential contribution of nursing leadership to this successful transformation of healthcare service delivery.

 

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