Seven teams from rural, urban and suburban Nursing Homes have begun working on their Quality Improvement Projects using the Lean Six Sigma Process. Their projects range from decreasing medication errors and resident falls with injuries to looking at staffing retention and dining orders.
Trainings are held at the Finger Lakes Community College Victor Campus, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, Victory, NY 14564.
If you are interested in participating please contact Project Coordinator, Julia VanOrman at Julia_VanOrman@urmc.rochester.edu or 585-273-5201 for more information. Fall training dates are: September 11th and 12th October 2nd, October 30th and 31st from 8:30 am to 4pm and November 20th from 8:30 am till noon.
A groundbreaking collaborative of regional nursing homes and other health care organizations to implement Quality Improvement team training, share ideas, and develop solutions to problems to improve resident care and service delivery.
To Learn more about our collaborative please view the following video:
Improving Quality through Collaborative Learning
Established September 25, 2009, the GRNHQC overcomes the geographic isolation of rural and under-served nursing homes by providing a forum to exchange ideas and strategies to make quality and value improvements in resident care.
We are excited to announce that federal funding for GRNHQC was renewed for three more years (2012-2015). Our grant is entitled The Meliora Project: Advancing Quality in Long Term Care. Meliora, Latin for ever better, is a fitting tribute to our learning collaborative of long term care professionals committed to quality and performance improvement. Our grant supports:
- educating interdisciplinary teams to use Lean Six Sigma methods.
- enabling consortium’s member homes to collaborate in developing federally mandated Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) programs and to more widely disseminate the materials they develop to non-member homes. A key component of the Affordable Care Act requires that all 16,000 nursing homes across the country have QAPI programs in place to qualify for Medicare funding.
- offering graduate nurse traineeships for students interested in pursuing education as nurse practitioners certified in geriatrics.
For additional information or to express interest in participating in the Greater Rochester Nursing Home Quality Consortium, please contact:
Tobie Olsan, PhD, RN
Phone (585) 275-5828
Supported by a Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program grant (#D62HP15056) and an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant (#1D76HP20640-01-00) from the Health Research and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded to the University of Rochester School of Nursing.