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UMD Helps Start Community Healthcare Organization Chapter

May 2, 2016

Healthcare professionals and students will soon benefit from access to a local chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.


News Release — For info contact Lori Melton,, 218-726-8830.

Healthcare professionals and students will soon benefit from access to a local chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), whose mission is to improve health and healthcare worldwide.

The IHI Chapter mission is to promote and enrich collaborative relationships in the community with the goal of improving health and the safety and quality of healthcare in northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. One goal of the chapter is to bring health care professionals together to learn best practices from each other and from national experts. Additionally, the IHI Chapter will seek to serve students from a variety of institutions and programs by connecting those who share an interest in learning about quality improvement in healthcare and population health.

The IHI Chapter, led by Dr. Jill Klingner, Professor of Health Care Management at UMD, is set to kick-off with an event on Saturday, May 7.  The event will feature guest speaker, Dr. Yoshimi Anzai, Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer from the University of Utah Health Care System. In an effort to bend the cost curve and adapt to the rapidly evolving payment system of today’s healthcare environment, Dr. Anzai and her team have developed new methodologies to track real-time costs throughout a patient’s episode of care. As a result of their work, they’ve witnessed their entire expenditure decrease while simultaneously eliminating inefficiencies in providing care, improving quality metrics and patient outcomes, and accurately tracking physician performance. Their work has gathered the attention from healthcare organizations across the nation and received recognition from several leading organizations in quality improvement, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

The event will be held at UMD’s Weber Music Hall with a networking reception at 3:30 p.m. and Dr. Anzai speaking at 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. CEU and CME credits will be available. To register for the free event go to:

Membership in the chapter is free and open to anyone with an interest. You can find more info by contacting or visiting the web site

Sponsors of both the IHI chapter and the kick‐off event are Essentia Health, St. Luke’s, National Rural Health Resource Center, Leading Age Minnesota, HealthPartners, C-Suite Resources, University of Minnesota Duluth Labovitz School of Business and Economics, UMN School of Medicine, UMN College of Pharmacy, and UMD Continuing Education.

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