Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, June 24, 2018

HARTFORD – St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center is one of seven national recipients of a Learning Health System Planning Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The AAMC award recognizes institutions that have implemented or wish to enhance the capacity of innovative, system-wide processes that improve the opportunity for research within one or more of three research areas: quality improvement, health equity and research using data from electronic health records.

"This award reinforces our approach of using innovation and research to improve the health of our patients and their families in an accountable care environment across the St. Francis system," states Christopher M. Dadlez, president and CEO.

"We are taking a disciplined, systematic approach to studying our efforts to improve everyday clinical practice and health equity," said Gregory Makoul, Ph.D., chief innovation officer and chief academic officer. "St. Francis has been recognized as a leader in the crucial area of developing and evaluating strategies to improve health care delivery." 

St. Francis has freestanding residency and fellowship programs, and is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine.

St. Francis created the Innovation + Learning Center at St. Francis to encompass education, leadership development, value-driven design, innovation, research and health equity initiatives to improve the art and science of health care delivery. The goal of these efforts is to build research capacity by implementing a fully integrated, interdisciplinary model that aligns research development, performance improvement and health equity.

The Learning Health System Planning Award includes a grant of up to $10,000 to allow award winners to participate in site-to-site learning and coaching opportunities.