Quality improvement as a healthcare career option seems to be on a growth curve, recent hires are showing.
Minnesota's not-for-profit health plans have announced the formation of a new organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality in the state. Jim Chase, 45, former director of healthcare purchasing for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, was named the first executive director of the organiza-tion, MN Community Measurement.He will lead the organization's efforts to develop the annual Community Measurement Health Care Quality Report, engage employers and consumers in efforts to improve quality, and help providers and health plans work together to improve patient care. Chase will work with a board of directors that includes physicians, employers, consumers, and representatives from health plans, hospitals and quality-improvement organizations.
"MN Community ... requires unprecedented teamwork among Minnesota's medical providers, health plans, employers, patients-all of us as we work to make Minnesota the best place in the country for quality healthcare," Chase says.
Meanwhile, at DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur, Ga., Steven Meurer, 37, has been named executive director of the DeKalb Quality Institute, a recently restructured quality and performance improvement de-partment. Meurer had been vice president of operations at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, Pa. He also has served as director of patient safety for BJC HealthCare in St. Louis.
The DeKalb Quality Institute was created as a collaboration between DeKalb Medical Center and its physicians to provide research and development support in performance, quality and service improvement for DeKalb Medical Center facilities, the DeKalb Physician-Hospital Organization and medical staffs.