Board Chairman Recognized for Commitment to Patient Safety and Quality

Thomas Denomme, board chairman at Beaumont Hospitals, was recently recognized by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) for demonstrating leadership in patient safety and quality improvement. Denomme was one of only two executive leaders to win the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Award.

Denomme, who was named chairman of Beaumont Hospitals in January 2007, immediately placed patient care and safety at the top of the board's priority list. Denomme made a goal to engage and collaborate with staff to promote a culture of safety, quality and transparency as demonstrated by his reorganization of the Board's Joint Conference Committee into a Patient Care and Quality Committee.

The new committee, whose responsibility it is to monitor Beaumont's performance on core quality measure and patient satisfaction, is composed of Board members, trustees, the CEO, COO, chief medical officer and the corporate patient safety officer along with rotating representation from medical staff presidents, medical directors and chief nurse executives.

By setting aggressive targets, widely communicating the importance of publicly reported quality and service measures, Denomme's initiatives have allowed management to set up the necessary infrastructure for continued improvement.

Along with quality and patient safety, Denomme is also a strong proponent of transparency as a driver of improvement, which includes public sharing of quality data on Beaumont's website.

Based in Lansing, the MHA represents all of Michigan's community hospitals and successfully advocates on behalf of hospitals and the patients they serve. The MHA addresses key issues in the legislative and regulatory arenas to advance initiatives that protect quality, cost-effective and accessible care. Learn more about the awards presented by the MHA.

Thomas Denomme, board chairman at Beaumont Hospitals, was recently recognized by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) for demonstrating leadership in patient safety and quality improvement. Denomme was one of only two executive leaders to win the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Award.

Denomme, who was named chairman of Beaumont Hospitals in January 2007, immediately placed patient care and safety at the top of the board's priority list. Denomme made a goal to engage and collaborate with staff to promote a culture of safety, quality and transparency as demonstrated by his reorganization of the Board's Joint Conference Committee into a Patient Care and Quality Committee.

The new committee, whose responsibility it is to monitor Beaumont's performance on core quality measure and patient satisfaction, is composed of Board members, trustees, the CEO, COO, chief medical officer and the corporate patient safety officer along with rotating representation from medical staff presidents, medical directors and chief nurse executives.

By setting aggressive targets, widely communicating the importance of publicly reported quality and service measures, Denomme's initiatives have allowed management to set up the necessary infrastructure for continued improvement.

Along with quality and patient safety, Denomme is also a strong proponent of transparency as a driver of improvement, which includes public sharing of quality data on Beaumont's website.

Based in Lansing, the MHA represents all of Michigan's community hospitals and successfully advocates on behalf of hospitals and the patients they serve. The MHA addresses key issues in the legislative and regulatory arenas to advance initiatives that protect quality, cost-effective and accessible care. Learn more about the awards presented by the MHA. http://www.mha.org/mha_app/public_site/about_us/awards.jsp