UNC Medical Center Approach to Quality Improvement
UNC Medical Center, led by Dean William Roper, MD, MPH, is a highly integrated structure with involvement of both hospitals and physicians to achieve quality. The Medical Center Improvement Council oversees improvement and is tasked with reviewing performance data, establishing and tracking Medical Center improvement goals with specific performance target. The Council's members come from across the health care system - UNC Hospitals, UNC Faculty Physicians, and the UNC School of Medicine - each is actively engaged in our ongoing efforts to improve clinical care. By making recommendations to the Departments of Performance Improvement and Patient Safety, Operational Efficiency, and Practice Quality and Innovation, the Improvement Council prioritizes projects and deploys dedicated improvement resources at Medical Center. Co-chairs of the Council are Dr. Tom Ivester, Associate Chief Medical Officer of UNC Hospitals, Dr. Tina Willis, Director of the UNC Institute for Health Care Quality Improvement (IHQI) and co-Chief Quality Officer of UNC Hospitals, and Dr. Cathy Madigan, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of UNC Hospitals.
IHQI was created in 2013 as part of the School of Medicine's strategic plan. Its mission is to help build skills in improvement science at UNC, catalyze improvement efforts within UNC Health Care and conduct research in quality improvement. Learn more about IHQI here.