Elmhurst Hospital: Med Staff Update

February 2020 - Medical Staff Update

Edward and Elmhurst earn A grade for safety

Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals have both been awarded A’s from the independent national watchdog organization, The Leapfrog Group, for its Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades.

Elmhurst Hospital is one of only 36 hospitals in the U.S. to achieve an A in every grading cycle since Leapfrog began the Hospital Safety Grades in 2012. Edward has recorded its third straight A and has registered A’s in eight of the last 12 Hospital Safety Grades dating back to Spring 2014.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. Leapfrog uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D or F grade twice a year to 2,600 acute-care hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

In addition, Edward-Elmhurst Health, which includes Elmhurst Hospital, Edward Hospital in Naperville and Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by IBM Watson Health.

Elmhurst Hospital has also been named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group three years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018) for achievements in patient safety and quality, while Edward Hospital was named a Top General Hospital in 2017.

Important News 

Schedule your next outpatient test or procedure now with easy, in-person scheduling

Make scheduling your next test or procedure easy! Our new In-person Outpatient Scheduling is conveniently located in the Edward Heart Hospital so you can schedule any tests or procedures your doctor ordered immediately following your office visit. For more information on our new Outpatient Scheduling, click here.

Jackie Smith promoted to Associate Vice President

On Nov. 1, 2019, Edward-Elmhurst Health announced the promotion of Jackie Smith to the position of Associate Vice President, Physician Recruitment & Medical Staff Relations.

Jackie has served Edward Hospital and Edward-Elmhurst Health since 1995. Jackie’s areas of responsibility include physician recruitment and onboarding, business development, medical staff affairs and credentialing and continuing medical education.

These responsibilities have expanded system-wide twice, beginning shortly after the merger with recruitment and then again in 2017 with medical staff affairs and credentialing and CME. Her accomplishments in these areas have long placed EEH as a leader in physician relations and alignment.

In her new role, Jackie will also provide leadership in the area of physician merger and acquisition activities as continued growth of the EEH Physician Enterprise is a critical component to both our strategic plan and five-year financial plan.

Epic Storyboard Upgrade

The Epic Storyboard is continuing to be upgraded to provide users quicker access to the key details and common actions without switching screens.

User research led the creation of eight major types of Storyboards. Outpatient, ED/Urgent Care, Inpatient, OR/Procedure Areas, Therapy, Link, Patient Access, and Revenue.

It’s our goal to make the patient story front-and-center.

The patient storyboard is a 30,000-foot view of who the patient is, why they are here and other useful information about them.

This upgrade is not only designed to make the patient storyboard more prominent, but to also make better use of the space within Epic. When you open a patient’s chart the storyboard will appear on the left side of the screen and the activity tabs will appear at the top of the screen.

If you right click in the storyboard, you will have the option to change the width of the storyboard to wide or narrow. There will be higher-resolution screens to make it possible to show more information in the same amount of space.

Information that used to appear in the header now appears in storyboard, where it’s easier to read because it’s less likely to be truncated. Moving the activity tabs to the top of the screen is possible because information has been consolidated onto fewer activity tabs.

Each Storyboard is unique to your specialty while still answering generic questions that are consistent amongst all users. You will notice more basic information towards the top, while more specialty focused information towards the bottom of the Storyboard.

The Pilot for this upgrade is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20, with a System Go-Live date of Saturday, Apr. 4.













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