In March 2008, representatives from the PHO had the opportunity to attend the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) annual conference in Orlando, Florida..
Dr. Keith Mandel, Gerry Pandzik and Carl Donisi attended sessions on a broad range of topics, including “Creation of a Highly Reliable Healthcare Network” and “Lean Improvement Approaches to the Development of a Sustainable Practice.” There were also several sessions focused on the Patient-Centered Medical Home as it relates to Children with Special Healthcare needs.
Featured speakers included Dr. Charles Homer, President of NICHQ, as well as David Lawrence, former publisher of The Miami Herald. Mr. Lawrence provided an inspiring message of how one person's leadership mobilized an entire community to provide seamless services for children.
Attending the sessions provided a wonderful opportunity to interact with national and global leaders in many areas of children’s healthcare.
The PHO was invited to share the outstanding work of the asthma initiative. The following story board was presented, with many positive comments on the amazing results achieved:
The sustained improvement efforts across the PHO network have greatly benefited children with asthma in greater Cincinnati, and on behalf of the leadership of the PHO, OVPCA, and CCHMC, we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for all the commitment and hard work among the community practices.