Twenty-Four Health Care Organizations Win the First John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge

Categories: Care and People & Places.

First national competition to create a tipping point in the improvement of care delivered to millions living with a serious illness

NEW YORK, NY (February 6, 2020)—The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) proudly announced today the winners of the inaugural round of the Tipping Point Challenge, a national innovation and quality improvement challenge sponsored by CAPC and The John A. Hartford Foundation. It is the cornerstone of a five-year campaign aimed at creating a tipping point in the improvement of care quality delivered to millions of Americans living with a serious illness. Over 1500 organizations participated.

The goal of the first Tipping Point Challenge was to help health care organizations expand the ability to effectively care for seriously ill patients by enhancing skills among clinicians in all medical specialties treating serious illness. These include communication, pain management, and symptom management skills directed at the complex needs of people living with serious illness.

According to Diane E. Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, “The enthusiasm and heightened activity of health care organizations across the country to rapidly enhance skills that are not usually the focus of training in medical school, is a testament to the thirst and extraordinary need to improve the quality of care provided to people living with serious illness. The competition also shows a very productive collaboration between clinicians and their C-Suite leaders that energizes, inspires, and demonstrates high levels of leadership.”

From 1500 participating health care organizations, 24 organizations won and another 71 achieved the Honor Roll. Many found that the competition challenged them to be more ambitious in their thinking and facilitated the spread of skills across specialties and disciplines. Organizations and leadership tackled the issue on an enterprise-level, enabling them to continue scaling improvement in the care they deliver to this patient population.

The 24 winning organizations are:

  • Aspire Health
  • Bluegrass Care Navigators
  • Butler Memorial Hospital
  • CareMore Health
  • Compassion Hospice
  • Compassus
  • HCSC
  • House of Loreto
  • Lutheran Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Main Line Health – Hospice
  • McKenzie County Healthcare System
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
  • MercyOne Clinton Medical Center
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • OSF St. Luke Medical Center
  • Snowline Hospice
  • St Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital
  • St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital
  • Stonehill Franciscan Services
  • Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Sutter Care at Home
  • VA Medical Center Iowa City
  • Visiting Physician Association

The second Tipping Point Challenge will be announced in Spring 2020 and will focus specifically on the development of innovation.

About the Center to Advance Palliative Care
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need. CAPC is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

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