MedStaff Update: December 2017
Community Physician Spotlight: Allen Namath Combines Clinical Care and Research in His Home-Grown Career
In this first Community Physician Spotlight column, we spoke with Allen Namath, MD, a Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine physician with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Namath rotates his time between seeing patients at the PAMF clinic on El Camino Real, and being onsite at Stanford Hospital for a week at a time to care for critically ill patients in the ICU.
The Rise of Quality Improvement at Stanford
Quality improvement efforts are not a new phenomenon at Stanford. They have been ongoing for the past decade or more. But this past year, efforts to improve quality have become more targeted in response to national quality rankings that show Stanford excelling in many areas, but declining in some key quality measures.
Improving Surgical Recovery with a Team Approach
Variability in patient care before, during, and after surgery can factor into longer than average hospitalizations. Teams throughout Stanford have developed standardized pre-, intra- and post-surgical pathways to reduce this variability, improve quality of care and decrease length of stay through the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program.
Featured Guest Contributor: 5 Questions with David D. Jones
David Jones has been SHC’s Chief Human Resources Officer since January 3, 2017. He comes to Stanford with nearly three decades of experience in human resources, primarily in the health care field. In his first year, Jones and his team have been busy redefining and remaking the Human Resources operation. Here, we learn what inspires and motivates this West Virginia University graduate and self-described guacamole connoisseur.
Patient Safety: Lessons Learned: The Modern Unintended Retained Foreign Object
Unintentionally retained foreign objects (URFO) after surgery still plague health care organizations worldwide. What would seem to be an uncomplicated problem to solve has hospital administrators scratching their heads wondering why URFOs still occur. Stanford has identified the most common contributing factors to URFOs, and is taking steps to mitigate the distraction that comes from caring for patients whose care deviates from the norm.