The Chair’s Letter

RichGriffeyRichard Griffey, MD, MPH, FACEP
Associate Chief for Quality and Safety
Division of Emergency Medicine
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Assistant Professor
Washington University School of Medicine

This quarter’s newsletter comes as summer has already winded down, the kids are back at school, and we approach a mid-year restart – pondering the year ahead and priorities for our work. We are looking forward to ACEP13 in Seattle, WA and are making plans for our annual meeting, which will take place Tuesday October 15, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Cirrus Room, 35th Floor of the Sheraton Hotel. We are finalizing the agenda to include the election of officers, the presentation of 2014 Resident Quality Awards with brief presentations of selected projects, and a follow up on the recent Section publication “Quality and Safety Implications of Emergency Department Information Systems,” a keynote presentation by Kevin Baumlin, MD, FACEP of the Emergency Medicine Informatics Section. This year, section members are also participating in the ACEP/Urgent Matters pre-conference, Emergency Care Quality Improvement in the Era of Public Accountability, October 13, 2013 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Willow A-B at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, WA.

The Section continues to work on Section grant projects related to chief complaint based quality measures and feedback from a recent Quality Officer Survey.  I would also like to thank former Chair Drew C. Fuller, MD, FACEP and ACEP staff member Dainsworth Chambers for the continuing evolution and improvement of our web page. 

As in the past, we continue to pursue opportunities that will allow the section to incorporate as many members as possible. Recently, we held two all-section calls to discuss current trends in quality, such as care coordination for discharged patients and the Safer Sign-out project. We also collaborated with the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation (EMPSF) to share webinars and Patient Safety Alerts content on the QIPS website. 

The annual meeting is a great opportunity to meet leaders in quality and safety, learn new approaches to challenges we all face, renew friendships, and network. We look forward to hearing your input on how to best maximize service to the section and engage leaders in the field in order to improve quality care and safety for our patients.

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