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August 24, 2017

Around the nation: Keck Medicine of USC appoints first chief quality and patient safety officer

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  • California: Keck Medicine of USC has selected Santhi Iyer Kumar to serve as the organization's first chief quality and patient safety officer. Kumar, who also works as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Keck School of Medicine of USC and the director of the medical ICU at Keck Hospital of USC said of her new role, "Our goal is to create continuity across the medical center so that regardless of which physician or nurse is treating a patient, that care will be consistent, high quality, and compassionate" (Zimmerman, Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality, 8/22).

  • Minnesota: Fairview Health Services has named M. Osman Akhtar as its new COO, Laura Reed as its new chief nursing executive, and Mark Welton as its new CMO. Akhtar previously served as VP of operational integration with Sutter Health; Reed previously served as chief nursing executive and COO at ThedaCare; and Welton previously served as the Harry A. Oberhelman Jr. Professor of Surgery and chief of colon and rectal surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/22).

  • New York: Between 2009 and 2014, New York public hospitals reported a sharp increase in mental health admissions, while private hospitals saw a drop in psychiatric inpatients, according to a recent report from the New York City Independent Budget Office. The report said there were 25,000 mental health admissions to the city's public system in 2014, compared with 20,550 in 2009. Meanwhile, inpatient stays dropped 5 percent at private hospitals in the city. Further, public hospitals' share of beds designated for psychiatric patients was three times greater than the share private hospitals designated for psychiatric patients (Mueller, New York Times, 8/22). 

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