Quality, safety of health care subject of July 12-14 conference

WHAT: Sixth Annual Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice (2007 Theme: “Quality and Safety”)

WHEN: July 12-14

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Riverwalk Hotel, 111 E. Pecan St., San Antonio

WHY: This institute prepares health care providers from multiple disciplines for an increasing role in evidence-based practice to improve health care. National leaders will present the latest in evidence-based quality improvement.

WHO: More than 400 participants are expected from 38 states and four countries. The conference has been organized by a San Antonio panel including Kathleen Stevens, R.N., Ed.D., professor of family nursing care at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and member of an Institute of Medicine (IOM) expert panel on preventing medication errors.

Speakers will include:

Dennis O’Leary, M.D., president of The Joint Commission, which sets national standards of hospital accreditation;

Kevin Johnson, M.D., of Vanderbilt Medical Center, a member with Dr. Stevens on the IOM medication error panel;

Kay Dickersin, Ph.D., director of the U.S. Cochrane Center;

Jeremy Grimshaw, Ph.D., director of the Canadian Cochrane Center;

Judy Smitzer, R.N., vice president, Institute for Safe Medication Practices

NOTES: Media are welcome to attend any of the sessions and visit with speakers. The conference brochure is available in PDF format at http://www.acestar.uthscsa.edu/institute/su07/index.html. Lectureships for the conference are provided by the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, the Methodist Healthcare System and the Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice (ACE) in the Health Science Center School of Nursing. ACE is the conference sponsor.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $536 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $14.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 22,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, gen

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