New Strategy Developed to Enhance the Quality of the Nation's Healthcare

August 23, 2019

FARMINGTON, CT – Researchers at UConn Health have developed a new framework to improve the quality of healthcare by identifying and addressing unpredictable medical events before they emerge.

The new medical events preparedness strategy, Surprise Anticipation and Recognition Capability (SARC), is adapted from an established military strategy of the U.S. Navy. SARC is the brainchild of Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, CEO of The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering at UConn Health. Laurencin recognized the demand for a SARC structure due to the nation’s medical practice evolving from a reactive to a proactive paradigm.

“The new SARC framework will be instrumental in healthcare quality improvement as itrelates to preparedness and avoiding the negative effects of unexpected events,” says Laurencin.

According to Laurencin, the goal of SARC is to not only react to information provided to us, but to analyze, assess and prepare for circumstances that may arise unexpectedly, in effect, surprise.

At the heart of the SARC framework are the following three recommendations: 

1. Reduce the number of surprising events through planning.

2. Develop strategies that establish resilience when confronted with surprise.

3. Improve capabilities to coordinate a timely and effective response when unimagined circumstances occur.

“We are excited to implement this new structure and assess the beneficial outcomesthat SARC will provide to the medical community.” says Dr. Randall C. Morgan, Executive Director of the W. Montague Cobb/ National Medical Association Health Institute. SARC is a new strategy for the medical community to begin to consider, and provides the tools to mitigate even the extreme and low probability phenomenon, and provide a new paradigm for improved healthcare. 

To learn more about SARC, view the newly published article here. The article can also be accessed on the National Academy of Medicine’s website.

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Moffitt Ranked No. 3 On DiversityInc

May 08, 2019

TAMPA, FL — Moffitt Cancer Center moved up in the ranks to No. 3 on DiversityInc’s 2019 list of Top Hospitals & Health Systems. This is the fourth year in a row that Moffitt was recognized by the organization and the highest the cancer center has ever ranked on the list.

Moffitt is the only cancer center — and the only health care organization in Florida — to make the list. The Cleveland Clinic and Northwell Health placed first and second on the list, respectively.

When making its assessments, DiversityInc considers four key areas of diversity management: supplier diversity, talent pipeline, talent development and leadership accountability. Moffitt continues to excel in these areas, which is evident by the high ranking on the DiversityInc list.

“Moffitt’s values reinforce inclusion, and this honor puts a spotlight on that,” said Alan F. List, M.D., Moffitt president and CEO. “Once again, this is outstanding news and all of Moffitt’s team members can take pride in this announcement. Embracing our diversity and having an inclusive culture only helps to make Moffitt better prepared to serve our patients and the community.”

DiversityInc’s annual survey — tracking the nation’s top companies when it comes to hiring, retaining, and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans — is the most rigorous, data-driven survey of its kind, gauging detailed demographics based on race/ethnicity and gender at some of the largest U.S. employers.

“We are certainly honored to be recognized for our work in this area.  Diversity and inclusion are so critical to the overall success of the cancer center.  It cuts across every aspect of the important work that we do,” said B. Lee Green, Ph.D., vice president of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications at Moffitt. “To be recognized on the national level for this work speaks volumes for the support that is provided by leaders all across the cancer center. We realize that this cannot happen without the support of our most senior leaders.”

Moffitt is set apart by the work in the areas of diversity and inclusion education and training, cultural and linguistic competency, language services programs, community outreach and education efforts, and supplier diversity.  Over the past year, Moffitt delivered more than 2,800 hours of diversity and inclusion training to team members, and its in-house language services team has completed more than 7,500 patient encounters. Additionally, more than 680 underserved women were provided access to mammography screening vouchers.

The recognition from DiversityInc is among several notable awards for Moffitt. The cancer center was recently designated a 2018 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign and named one of the Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women. Moffitt was also recognized by the American Hospital Association as an Equity of Care Honoree.  Moffitt received the National Organization on Disability Leading Disability Employer Seal. Moffitt is a Top 10 Best Hospital for Cancer based on U.S. News & World Report.

To view DiversityInc’s complete 2019 rankings, visit their 2019 Specialty Lists.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 50 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt is a Top 10 cancer hospital and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 6,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.5 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.