Wednesday, April 25, 2018


11:30 a.m. Central


1 hour


Performance Improvement Collaborative Series

Join us on Wednesday, April 25th for the next program highlighting the work of Vizient’s Performance Improvement Collaboratives. Through these collaboratives, a growing community of leaders is advancing the performance of their organizations by focusing on issues vital to health care reform, through expert-led research and insights that examine processes for better patient care, improved operations, cost savings and more. Dealing with today’s issues while preparing for tomorrow’s changes, participating members have achieved top-tier performance in quality, safety and cost-effectiveness.

As one of the most complex areas in our hospitals, the emergency department is an area that impacts admissions, revenues, and patient experiences including satisfaction and patient safety. This program will review the work of participants in the Emergency Department Throughput Collaborative which focused on reducing length of stay and throughput by understanding key contributors to the treatment process.

Learning objectives:

  • Examine ways to reduce unnecessary emergency department visits
  • Identify strategies to improve throughput and reduce emergency department length of stay


Laural Whitmore, MSE
Associate Vice President, Performance Improvement Collaboratives

Guest speakers:

Thomas Spiegel, MD, MS, MBA
Medical Director,
Emergency Department
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago Medicine

Marilyn Sherrill, RN, CPHQ, CNOR
Collaborative Advisor