Providence Regional Medical Center Everett leaders invited to participate in national health care symposium 

Healthcare team addresses policy makers on providing low-cost, high-quality healthcare
The national Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) invited key representatives from the Everett area to share their innovative approaches to healthcare at a symposium titled, “How Will We Do That? Building Low-Cost, High-Quality Health Care Regions in America.”  The Everett team includes representatives from Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, The Everett Clinic, Premera Blue Cross and Group Health.

The two-day symposium in Washington, DC, was held May 25 and 26. It was jointly-sponsored by the IHI, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, the Brookings Institution and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Fifteen healthcare teams from around the nation were invited to participate. The teams chosen were those with intentional action to align their efforts with “Triple Aim” results – better health, better care, at lower cost. Last year, a national analysis by The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care identified Everett as one of 10 model communities able to provide high quality medical care at relatively low cost.

The symposium examined the local, regional, and national factors – including culture, finance, and delivery structures – that underlie the ability of certain communities to provide low-cost, high-quality healthcare. The information gleaned from this symposium will help create more innovative models of healthcare delivery.

The symposium was moderated by leading healthcare improvement experts, including; Donald M. Berwick, MD, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Atul Gawande, MD, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.