Thursday, April 16th, was another busy day for the Center for Total Health team, including four tours. We kicked off the morning with a group of regional health care leaders from Australia, then met a retired Kaiser Permanante nurse and information technology maven, a group of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellows, and Kaiser Permanante IT specialists from California. As always, we learned as much (if not more) from our visitors as they did from us.
Last week, the Center for Total Health — along with Lu Casa, MSN, CRNP, CTTS — welcomed accelerated students from George Washington University School of Nursing (@). As always, we enjoyed hosting the future leaders of health, and hearing their ideas and questions about health care delivery. You can read more about the visit here.
To see more pictures of their visit, click here.
As part of National Health IT Week, Carla Sandy, MD, Chief of OB/Gyn for Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente, discussed integrated, technologically coordinated care to support nationally recognized birth outcomes yesterday in Washington, DC.
Dr. Sandy brought her son Calvin along, who found a fan in DC Mayor Vincent Gray.
Representatives from the National Health Service of England, along with British Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, paid a visit to the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health on June 2. This marks the second visit to Kaiser Permanente for the Secretary.
This time, he spent a half-day contemplating many issues in health care which we all acknowledge are global in nature. Representatives from Kaiser Permanente shared the health care organization’s deep knowledge and experience regarding topics such as management of complex patients with chronic disease, leveraging technology to augment care, and physician management. The exchange was interactive and lively.
Taking part in the discussion from Kaiser Permanente were Kim Horn, president of the Mid-Atlantic States region; Bernadette Loftus, MD, associate executive director of The Permanente Medical Group; Philip Fasano, executive vice president and chief information officer; Murray Ross, vice president and director of the Institute for Health Policy; Ted Eytan, MD, physician director for the Center for Total Health; and Walter Suarez, MD, executive director of health IT policy and strategy.
We all agreed that we work for the patients and our decisions should be guided by that core belief. For our British colleagues, the afternoon session triggered new ways of thinking about and approaching the challenges faced “back home.”
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care globally. Sessions like this one and other international learning forums are coordinated by Kaiser Permanente International (KPI).
Today, the Center for Total Health team was delighted to host six real-life Rosies, so-called for the famous Rosie the Riveter of World War II. These women worked in Kaiser Shipyards — where Kaiser Permanente was born — while their friends, brothers, husbands, and neighbors were at war. They were among the first women hired for these jobs, and the first admitted into the Boilermakers Union.
In addition to the well-known Rosie image, we loved this poster showing safe shipyard attire.
The women are in Washington, DC, to meet with Vice President Joe Biden, President Obama, and other senior government officials. See all the pictures here. You can read more about them, and World War II in the shipyards, on the History of Total Health Blog.
Today, the Center for Total Health welcomed two groups of students (or, as we like to call them, future health leaders): The first group was from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and second group included student volunteers for Health Leads. It was great to spend the day with young people so interested in, and passionate about, health!
Today was a busy day at the Center for Total Health. We were excited to welcome a range of guests from across the total health spectrum. Guests included a group of nursing students from George Washington University, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), and Hal Ruddick, Executive Director of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions.
Community innovators across the landscape of total health met yesterday at the Center for Total Health’s February Community Tour. Attendees included physician and health leaders from Johns Hopkins Health System, Anacostia Watershed Society, American Institutes for Research, Trust for Public Land, and the DreamIT Health Baltimore 2014.
Thanks to all who joined us today for our Total Health and Technology Focus. The final video will be up soon. In the meantime, here are a few photos from today’s filming.
The Center for Total Health team did a special team meeting on Friday, meeting at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial and walking back to the Center for Total Health.