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PlexusCalls - Jefferson School of Population Health: New Trends Emerging
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When: Friday, October 5, 2012
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Where: Plexus Institute Webex Event Center
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, October 5, 2012 - 1-2 PM Eastern Time
1-650-479-3207 Access code: 662 390 175
Jefferson School of Population Health: New Trends Emerging
Guests: David Nash and Jeffrey Cohn

David Nash, MD, MBA,  was named the Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) in 2008. This appointment caps a twenty-year tenure on the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University. JSPH provides innovative educational programming designed to develop healthcare leaders for the future. Dr. Nash is a board certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development and quality-of-care improvement. In 1995 he received the top recognition award from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. He received the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in October 1997, and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in 1998. In 2006 he received the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data from NAHDO. In 2009 Dr. Nash received the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award. Repeatedly named to Modern Healthcare's list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, his national activities cover a wide scope. He served as Chair of a National Quality Forum Technical Advisory Panel and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Care Continuum Alliance (formerly DMAA). Dr. Nash is a principal faculty member for quality of care programming for the American College of Physician Executives in Tampa, Florida, and is the developer of the ACPE Capstone Course on Quality. He also leads the academic joint venture between ACPE and the JSPH.

Jeff Cohn, MD, MHCM, connected with Plexus in 2006 when he led the Positive Deviance/MRSA Infection work as Chief Quality Officer at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Jeff subsequently worked as part of the Plexus team supporting change in several other institutions working on reducing healthcare-associated infections. After graduating from Clark University in Worcester, MA, Jeff earned his MD degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed residency in internal medicine at Einstein, and fellowships in hematology and medical oncology at Emory University in Atlanta and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. In 2005 he earned a masters degree in health care management, a program designed for physician leaders, from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was a practicing hematologist/oncologist, and for a time was involved in clinical research, representing community oncologists in the development of new clinical trials for patients with lymphoma. At Einstein, Jeff became the first Chief Quality Officer for the network. During his tenure in that position, Einstein won two successive awards for quality from the Premier healthcare alliance, a network of over 2,500 hospitals in the US. He created and implemented the hospital's palliative care program and continues to have a passion for enhancing the quality of care at the end of life. He led Einstein's early work in implementing CUSP, the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program. He learned the model working under Peter Pronovost, MD, medical director of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, and got Einstein involved in the CUSP learning network started by Johns Hopkins. Click here for access to a February 29, 2012 Plexus Health Quality Call in which Jeff and Peter discuss patient safety.

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