June Simmons, CEO Partners in Care Foundation, Invited to Join Distinguished Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Triple Aim Team
San Fernando, California, December 3, 2007 - June Simmons, president and CEO, Partners in Care Foundation has been invited to join the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) team for its new Triple Aim Initiative, designed to better understand new models of care that can improve the individual patient experience and the health of entire communities, at a reasonable per capita cost.
“As part of the Triple Aim initiative we are looking at the way health care is delivered, helping people to stay healthy, focusing on prevention, catching illnesses early and overall minimizing the serious complicating conditions that can become life threatening,” noted Ms. Simmons. “Helping people to stay well or to restore their health is fundamental to achieving quality of life as well as reducing the cost burden on the delivery system.”
“By joining with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Partners in Care will be able to greatly contribute to the Institute’s goal of accelerating change in healthcare delivery due to Partners’ many years of experience dedicated to creating, testing and implementing new healthcare program innovations,” said Ms. Simmons. “It is critical that we move towards strengthening primary care and community partnerships which promote health and transform the way health care is delivered. Partners in Care will bring first hand experience as the lead agency for the state of California and its evidence based programs which focus on the empowerment of older adults to engage in self care, prevention and early detection practices.”
The IHI Triple Aim Initiative is in its first phase (September 2007 to April 2008) with the goal being to study effective strategies at participating sites and exchange key findings for possible further action. Twelve sites are participating in the first phase of the Triple Aim initiative and each site has systems in place to
1. Improve the health of the population,
2. Enhance the patient experience, and
3. Reduce (or at least control) the per capita cost of care.
Two of the sites are from outside the US because of the considerable experience in other countries in allocating very specific moneys and resources to deliver quality care to individual patients and defined populations. Solutions for improving health care will increasingly be found globally and through international collaboration.
All participating sites have: adopted the Triple Aim as their core organizational strategy, and have been actively pursuing it for some time; serve a defined population (based on geography, clinical condition, demographics, or health system affiliation) that can be identified and tracked over time; and function as “integrators,” with responsibility for the overall health, patient experience, and cost of health associated with that population.
About the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI): Founded in 1991 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, IHI’s work is funded primarily through its own fee-based program offerings and services, and also through the generous support of a distinguished group of foundations, companies and individuals awarded to further the IHI mission of leading improvement of healthcare throughout the world.
About Partners in Care, www.picf.org: Partners in Care is a leading non profit which creates, tests and implements healthcare program innovations. Partners’ new models of care improve quality of life for those served, while reducing the cost burden on the healthcare delivery system. Based in San Fernando, California and serving communities throughout Southern California, Partners has followed its mission of “Changing the Shape of Healthcare” for the last 10 years. Currently, Partners is disseminating many of its program innovations nationally as models of care that are targeted to change and improve healthcare delivery.
CONTACT: For additional information about Partners in Care Foundation contact:
Kathy Abbott-Mayer, Director Strategic Communications; Phone 818-837-3775 ext 137;
To learn more about Partners in Care Foundation please visit: www.picf.org