Care Transitions & Re-admission Reduction
The first project to address re-hospitalization and communication barriers between acute and post-acute care facilities will focus on information flow upon discharge from the hospital setting. The Foundation, with the help of multiple industry players, will develop, test and implement a standard discharge information tool. Future projects include the creation and use of an industry best practice and competency model for hospitals and families to place patients in appropriate care settings and establishing medication management protocols as an essential factor in readmissions and improving outcomes.
Community Health & Wellness: Health Disparity
Collaborate with multiple North Texas organizations (lead by the DFW Hospital Council) to create a website of community health data. Reports generated from this interactive data source will help identify DFW health disparities, what resources we have available to mitigate the occurrence of disparate outcomes, and offer the foundation an opportunity to initiate change. Disparity focused events are being planned for 2012.
North Texas Telemedicine Network
Organize the creation of a telemedicine network across North Texas connecting rural primary care providers and their patients to specialists in the DFW Metroplex. We intend to use the telemedicine network to provide continuing medical education to rural providers with a specific focus on particular conditions being addressed by the Dept. of Texas State Health Services chronic disease program http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chronic/
Nancy A. Williams Legacy Fund
The Health Industry Council Foundation has established the Legacy Fund to honor Nancy’s spirit of collaboration. The purpose of the Fund is to support innovation, collaboration, and interdisciplinary initiatives to enhance the health and health industry in North Texas.
The Foundation is requesting donations for the Fund, including support the following programs:
- Health Leadership North Texas, a new leadership development program. The program’s goal would be to develop enlightened leadership that understands the value of working together in and across industry segments to improve the health of North Texas residents. This program would be modeled after programs like Leadership Dallas and Leadership Fort Worth. However, it would focus on understanding and leveraging the broad reach of North Texas’ $50-billion health industry.
- Health Leadership Speaker Series, a regular forum that would bring the industry’s brightest minds to North Texas. The goal of the series would be to encourage the industry to consider new ideas from outside our region that improve health and patient care.
We believe that these two programs — one that develops local healthcare leaders and one that looks externally for shining industry difference-makers — exemplify what Nancy has worked towards for her entire career. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to donate.
Publish results of quarterly surveys from a set panel of local/regional healthcare experts to identify barriers, opportunities, and best practices.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Gordon Law Firm
Beth Mancini, RN
- UTA College of Nursing
- AIDS Arms, Inc.
- Nurses Today, Inc.
Mari Tietze, PhD
- Texas Woman’s University, College of Nursing