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

delivering care," says RWJF Senior Program Officer Sue Hassmiller, Ph.D., RN. "There are a lot of lessons to be learned from these 24 models, because of their effectiveness in leveraging nurses and other health care professionals to deliver services more efficiently and economically, resulting in better quality care in a variety of settings," she adds.

The two dozen models profiled fall into three categories of care delivery: acute care, bridging the continuum, and comprehensive care. Visitors to the site will be able to read a complete description of each model, the impetus for why they were created, the results of the effort, what needs to be considered for replication, challenges and lessons learned, and helpful tools. Each description also includes information about the leaders who helped create or managed the development of each model. The models profiled are from all over the country, from Alaska, to Texas, to Massachusetts. Highlights of models profiled:

-- Johns Hopkins' Hospital at Home project, which allows patients with specific conditions, including congestive heart failure and cellulitis, to remain at home rather than be treated in the hospital. Physicians and nurses visit the patient at home and can provide comparable and more focused care that is less expensive, results in fewer complications, and increases patient satisfaction. The project has been replicated in a number of different sites, including Portland OR.

-- A rural collaborative in West Virginia that uses telemedicine and conducts outreach programs to address chronic health problems and narrow disparities in care. Minnie Hamilton Health System's Comprehensive Rural Care Collaborative has improved access to primary care and provided care to more than 10,000 poor people living in rural areas of the state.

-- Griffin Hospital's Planetree model in Connecticut, which puts patients at the center of the care system. Having transformed itself from a failing insti
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