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WHSC Strategic Plan, 2018-2022
Strategic Plan 2018-2022
Jonathan Lewin

Letter from Dr. Jonathan LewinCollaborate, Innovate, Serve

When I joined the Woodruff Health Sciences Center in February 2016, I was eager and proud to join an outstanding institution with the talent and drive to redefine the practice of medicine, the education of health professionals, advances in basic and clinical science, and the national dialogue around how we approach health and healing. Through the work of an extraordinary team, the WHSC continues to lead in ways that are both profound and transformative.

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Constructive Culture

Our goal is to be the best place to work, continuously learn, and grow for individuals and the health sciences center community

Strategies

  • Cultivate our leaders to build a constructive, diverse, and inclusive culture 
  • Adopt the WHSC Pledge as the foundation of our culture
  • Strengthen recognition of excellence and enhance work/life quality to promote professional joy

Year 1 Tactics

  • Define clear expectations of our leaders
  • Provide tools and resources to train leaders and leverage leadership best practices 
  • Enhance communication and connectivity between units to make it easier for people to network 
  • Adapt the principles of the WHSC Board-approved Pledge to incorporate faculty, staff, and learners
  • Leverage data from engagement surveys to identify key opportunities to improve culture and work environments

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Partners in ambulatory care

A school and a health system join forces to train future nurses

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Emory Healthcare is the only system in Georgia with three Magnet-designated hospitals.

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Woodruff Leadership Academy taps expertise throughout health sciences to achieve organizational vision.

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Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

Our goal is to transform health care through interprofessional learning and care to maximize health

Strategies

  • Invest in infrastructure to support Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) across WHSC
  • Institute inter-professional curricula that support team-based competencies for all learners, faculty, and care providers
  • Accelerate the development and adoption of team-based care models and advance knowledge on IPECP effectiveness through research

Year 1 Tactics

  • Establish an IPECP Council to lead and coordinate IPECP activities across the WHSC
  • Expand and strengthen the Woodruff Health Educators Academy
  • Establish IPECP learning objectives and competency expectations across WHSC teaching programs and ensure learners demonstrate the required IPECP knowledge and skills

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Bringing together educators from nursing, medicine, and public health

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Simulating the unexpected: Preparing for emergencies in the operating room

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Nursing student Colin McNamara discusses the benefits of "hotspotting," which relies on interprofessional collaboration to improve care for "super-users" of health care, such as the 5% of patients at Grady Hospital whose complex care accounts for 50% of health care costs.

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A residency using remote technology increases opportunities for nurse practitioners and physician assistants in critical care and expands these services to more rural settings, where previously they were unavailable.

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Transforming Models of Care

Our goal is to continuously lead in developing, studying, implementing, and teaching care models that improve lives and achieve better patient outcomes and experience at a lower cost, with inherent joy of providing care by the care team

Strategies

  • Innovate clinical care delivery by supporting successful testing, implementation, and evaluation of impact on the quadruple aim
  • Align and support health services research (HSR) across Emory
  • Expand HSR/care models education and continuing professional development 

Year 1 Tactics

  • Establish the structure and process for developing and testing new care models and appoint a Clinical Innovation task force to lead the process
  • Develop options to align HSR led by an interdisciplinary HSR task force

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Memory care

A nurse-led clinic provides primary and dementia care for patients and families

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Sepsis: Life-saving predictions from the ICU

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Working day for night: Caring for ICU patients remotely from Australia

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Innovative Discovery

Our goal is to fuel interdisciplinary discovery and innovative solutions to improve human health

Strategies

  • Enable high-risk, high-impact research leading to the discovery and development of new therapies and devices
  • Catalyze synergies by bringing researchers together across organizational boundaries
  • Develop a Cohort of the Future that is representative of the State to target major disparities and significant health issues for Georgians

Year 1 Tactics

  • Facilitate innovation, entrepreneurship, and the development of intellectual property across Emory
  • Identify novel technology focus areas to guide recruitment and development of people and new technologies 
  • Expand the Synergy award program to drive collaborative research across Emory around key themes
  • Charge a task force to define, catalog, and understand existing cohorts and identify ways to leverage cohorts across Emory
  • Host a symposium on cohort design and utilization in research with partner institutions and cohort innovators from around the country

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Tech R&D

A new "innovation hub" in Emory Healthcare exploits technology to improve outcomes and lower costs for patients

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Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics: This program includes basic scientists who identify new anti-cancer targets, translational researchers who refine these discoveries for clinical application, and physicians who treat patients with new cancer therapies and techniques.

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The All of Us research program is a momentous effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds.

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Data Science

Our goal is to transform discovery, education, and health care through data science

Strategy

  • Launch a Health and Biomedical Data Science Center to drive research and teaching in biomedical data science and informatics across Emory and our partners

Year 1 Tactics

  • Appoint leadership and steering committee to coordinate and facilitate data sciences activities across Emory and our partners
  • Implement a plan to create the Health and Biomedical Data Science Center

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Embracing big data: The Center for Data Science gives nurses the analytical tools to optimize health care delivery and outcomes

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Promulgating PrEP: A national database of clinics prescribing pre-exposure prophylasix for HIV helps those at risk get the help they need.

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