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New Website Showcases 24 Promising Models That Are Transforming How Health Care Is Delivered
Date:4/16/2008

Health Workforce Solutions LLC Identifies Promising and Replicable Solutions For Lowering Costs, Improving Quality and Keeping Patients Satisfied

SAN FRANCISCO, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- When a large urban hospital in Florida put nurses in charge of managing and facilitating round-the-clock care for a designated unit of patients, it dramatically cut length of stays, improved medical outcomes, and increased satisfaction levels among patients and staff. The story of how Miami Baptist Hospital's 12-Bed Hospital elevated the role of nurses to transform the way care is delivered to patients is one of 24 models of promising health care delivery that are profiled in a website (http://www.innovativecaremodels.com) launched today by Health Workforce Solutions LLC (HWS), a California-based research firm focused on workforce issues in health care.

The Innovative Care Delivery Model site, funded with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers hospital and nurse leaders, quality and patient safety experts, consumer advocates, journalists, and others a one-stop source to learn about new ways hospitals and health systems from around the country are devising approaches to curbing health costs, improving quality and safety, managing chronic disease, increasing patient satisfaction and accommodating nursing shortages (see list of projects attached).

"Given the pressures in health care today, the need for new models of care delivery cannot be overstated," says David Cherner, Managing Partner of HWS. "We selected these 24 models to showcase on this site because they are truly sustainable and replicable and are having a material impact on cost, quality and patient satisfaction in both hospital and outpatient settings," he adds.

"The way health care is organized and delivered today is neither sustainable nor ideal - which is why we need to explore creative strategies for
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