The Health Collaborative CEO Takes On Additional Role

MEDIA CONTACT:
Shannan Schmitt
Director, Development & Communications
(513) 247-5253                                                                                                                                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Craig Brammer, CEO of The Health Collaborative, will also serve as CEO of The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement

OCTOBER 25, 2018 – CINCINNATI, OHIO – The Health Collaborative’s CEO, Craig Brammer, will be adding a second CEO title to his resume. Craig has been appointed to lead The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) starting November 1 and will concurrently serve in both roles.

Craig Brammer, CEO of The Health Collaborative and the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement

NRHI is a national network of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) and state partners from across the U.S. that work to transform healthcare and achieve high-quality, affordable care. The Health Collaborative, an NRHI member, is a high performing RHIC that is improving health and healthcare in our community, while also providing innovative solutions countrywide.

“The NRHI Board is thrilled that Craig has agreed to lead the organization into its next chapter,” said Marc Bennett, NRHI Board Chair and CEO of HealthInsight

“Craig’s perspective as a RHIC leader in Cincinnati, his previous experience working in federal government at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and his unique vision and leadership creativity will serve well the interests of NRHI and its members in communities across the nation,” Bennett predicted. 

The important work underway by The Health Collaborative’s members and stakeholders across Greater Cincinnati is increasingly recognized as a national exemplar. Although Craig will be spending time in Portland, Maine and Washington, DC, his solid roots in Cincinnati and the strong commitment and relationships to achieving success in this region will not be compromised; The Health Collaborative’s mission of improving health and healthcare will only be strengthened by this joint role. 

“Craig’s leadership in Greater Cincinnati has been instrumental in aligning our community around a clear agenda supported by a robust regional health improvement collaborative,” said Garren Colvin, President & CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Chair of The Health Collaborative Board of Directors. “Our interests are completely aligned with NRHI’s, where local leaders work together to improve health and healthcare in their own communities. I look forward to the local and national opportunities provided by Craig’s leadership of both organizations.”

Craig succeeds Ellen Gagnon, who has served as interim CEO of NRHI since April 2018. Ellen will remain on staff with NRHI in a senior leadership position as Executive Director, Healthcare Affordability. Together, along with NRHI’s staff and members, they will continue to work together to advance health, improve quality, and eliminate waste to make our healthcare system more affordable.

“I see this as an opportunity to elevate the great work happening in regions across the country while simultaneously being on the front lines of national trends and innovations that I can bring back to Greater Cincinnati,” said Craig Brammer, CEO, The Health Collaborative and the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement.

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 For more information, please contact:

The Health Collaborative

Shannan Schmitt

Development & Communications

SSchmitt@HealthCollab.org

NRHI

Kelsey Matheson

Senior Communications Coordinator

kmatheson@nrhi.org

 About The Health Collaborative:

The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.

About The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement:                                                    
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is a national organization representing more than 30 regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) and state-affiliated partners working to achieve better health, better care, and reduced costs through continuous improvement. NRHI and its member RHICs are non-profit organizations working directly with physicians, hospitals, employers, health plans, and patients. For more information, visit us on the web at www.nrhi.org.

The Health Collaborative CEO Takes on Additional Role

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Shannan Schmitt
Director, Development & Communications
(513) 247-5253

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Craig Brammer, CEO of The Health Collaborative, will also serve as CEO of The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement

OCTOBER 25, 2018 – CINCINNATI, OHIO – The Health Collaborative’s CEO, Craig Brammer, will be adding a second CEO title to his resume. Craig has been appointed to lead The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) starting November 1 and will concurrently serve in both roles.

NRHI is a national network of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) and state partners from across the U.S. that work to transform healthcare and achieve high-quality, affordable care. The Health Collaborative, an NRHI member, is a high performing RHIC that is improving health and healthcare in our community, while also providing innovative solutions countrywide.

“The NRHI Board is thrilled that Craig has agreed to lead the organization into its next chapter,” said Marc Bennett, NRHI Board Chair and CEO of HealthInsight. “Craig’s perspective as a RHIC leader in Cincinnati, his previous experience working in federal government at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and his unique vision and leadership creativity will serve well the interests of NRHI and its members in communities across the nation.”

The important work underway by The Health Collaborative’s members and stakeholders across Greater Cincinnati is increasingly recognized as a national exemplar. Although Craig will be spending time in Portland, Maine and Washington, DC, his solid roots in Cincinnati and the strong commitment and relationships to achieving success in this region will not be compromised; The Health Collaborative’s mission of improving health and healthcare will only be strengthened by this joint role.

“Craig’s leadership in Greater Cincinnati has been instrumental in aligning our community around a clear agenda supported by a robust regional health improvement collaborative,” said Garren Colvin, President & CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Chair of The Health Collaborative Board of Directors. “Our interests are completely aligned with NRHI’s, where local leaders work together to improve health and healthcare in their own communities. I look forward to the local and national opportunities provided by Craig’s leadership of both organizations.”

Craig succeeds Ellen Gagnon, who has served as interim CEO of NRHI since April 2018. Ellen will remain on staff with NRHI in a senior leadership position as Executive Director, Healthcare Affordability. Together, along with NRHI’s staff and members, they will continue to work together to advance health, improve quality, and eliminate waste to make our healthcare system more affordable.

“I see this as an opportunity to elevate the great work happening in regions across the country while simultaneously being on the front lines of national trends and innovations that I can bring back to Greater Cincinnati,” said Craig Brammer, CEO, The Health Collaborative and the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement.

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For more information, please contact:

The Health Collaborative
Shannan Schmitt
Development & Communications
SSchmitt@HealthCollab.org

NRHI
Kelsey Matheson
Senior Communications Coordinator
kmatheson@nrhi.org

About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.

About The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement:
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is a national organization representing more than 30 regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) and state-affiliated partners working to achieve better health, better care, and reduced costs through continuous improvement. NRHI and its member RHICs are non-profit organizations working directly with physicians, hospitals, employers, health plans, and patients. For more information, visit us on the web at www.nrhi.org.

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Celebrating THC’s Birthday: Three Became One – and Now We Turn Three!

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The Health Collaborative has a lot to celebrate lately!

Along with Reds Opening Day and the Step Up Cincinnati Challenge kickoff celebration, our organization has just turned three! Resulting from the 2015 merger of three long-standing health & healthcare nonprofits (HealthBridge, the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, and The Health Collaborative), today’s THC is stronger than ever, working with our members and partners to ensure that Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are “Healthy by Design.”  Click here to read a press release about the merger. Click here for news and links to local coverage of the merger.

THC staff gathered in the C-Lounge of our Elsinore Place headquarters downtown to celebrate with cake and a few words from CEO Craig Brammer.

Join us in celebrating the power of THREE!

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Celebrating THC's Birthday: Three Became One – and Now We Turn Three!

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The Health Collaborative has a lot to celebrate lately!

Along with Reds Opening Day and the Step Up Cincinnati Challenge kickoff celebration, our organization has just turned three! Resulting from the 2015 merger of three long-standing health & healthcare nonprofits (HealthBridge, the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, and The Health Collaborative), today’s THC is stronger than ever, working with our members and partners to ensure that Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are “Healthy by Design.”  Click here to read a press release about the merger. Click here for news and links to local coverage of the merger.
THC staff gathered in the C-Lounge of our Elsinore Place headquarters downtown to celebrate with cake and a few words from CEO Craig Brammer.

Join us in celebrating the power of THREE!

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“All Together, or Not At All:” Takeaways from IHI Forum [PHOTOS]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”35993″ img_size=”medium” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”http://www.ihi.org”][vc_column_text]Cincinnati-area healthcare providers had an opportunity to attend last week’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum – held in Orlando, FL – live via virtual webcast, hosted right here at The Health Collaborative’s conveniently-located Elsinore Place headquarters downtown.

Our clinical quality improvement team welcomed hospital administrators, nurses, patient advocates, and a broad cross-section of other care providers with a passion for improving the quality and safety of healthcare in our region. The two-day livestream offered robust keynote presentations, topic-driven workshops, and analyses of the latest methodologies and tools available to quality improvement specialists.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”35987″ img_size=”400 x 200″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]A panel of local experts rounded out the local webcast each day, offering perspectives from experts in fields beyond health and healthcare. Ramsey Ford (CEO, Design Impact); Hari Joshi (Senior Executive, Centric Consulting), and Dustin Shell (Director of Innovation, Tier 1) led a discussion on “Healthy by Design: Applying Business Thinking to QI” on the 12th. They shared reactions to the IHI morning plenary and livestream presentations, and discussed ways to apply business- and design-thinking to healthcare quality improvement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]On the 13th our guests were joined at lunchtime by Dr. Robert Collins (CMO Ret., TriHealth); Dr. Rena Sorensen (Staff Psychologist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center); and Linda Juengling MSN, RN, NE-BC (Director of Nursing, TriHealth), all past winners of The Health Collaborative’s annual Richard M. Smith Leadership in Quality Improvement Award. Their reactions to the presentations and discussions of the IHI Forum set the stage for sharing their real-world examples of quality improvement efforts within their organizations, from grassroots initiatives to organization-wide culture change.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”35990″ img_size=”400 x 200″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Quotes of note: Wisdom from IHI presenters and local panelists
  • “All together, or not at all” – Don Berwick MD, MPP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow of IHI; emphasizing the importance of partnership and ensuring that each team member has a voice in decision-making (including patients, their families, & their support networks)
  • “You don’t drink the kool aid, you make the kool aid.” – Dustin Shell, Tier 1
  • “Stay mission-focused and figure out how quality improvement fits into that.” – Hari Joshi, Centric Consulting
  • “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” – Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative
  • “Every opportunity is an opportunity to innovate.” – Dustin Shell, Tier 1
  • “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” – Hari Joshi of Centric, describing how leadership sets the tone at any given organization, making workplace culture an even more powerful driver of improvements than any policy or strategy
Key themes: Takeaways from the IHI Forum
  • Joy in work is a strategic priority
  • All team members should be comfortable speaking up if something seems wrong or ill-advised
  • If patients ran the health system they’d have “quality” as the operating system, and “joy in work” would be the renewable energy
  • The nursing suicide rate is greater than that of the general population; nurses don’t speak up when they think a patient may be harmed by others’ actions or decisions for fear of reprimand
  • The ripple effect: when leadership demonstrates joy in practice/work, it has a ripple effect that is felt by staff, patients
  • Statistic: there is a 14.6% RN turnover rate in the healthcare industry today, which adds up to $7.8 million in waste per year and compromises patient safety (Source)
  • Don’t ask permission to innovate
  • Get out of silos
  • Data is critical
  • Be unoffendable
Attendee Feedback
  • “I want to thank you for hosting this event. It was a great opportunity to hear some new ideas.”
  • “Instead of educating my team, I will increase collaboration and communication”
  • “Listen to understand”
  • Collaborative energy & spirit needs to be spread

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CEO Corner: Healthy by Design in 2017

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Season’s Greetings!

With 2017 wrapping up, we’re reflecting on all that we’re grateful for including the good work made possible by your partnership. This year we rolled out a bold new strategic plan with a vision that underscores the work we commit to collectively, with you, every day:

Greater Cincinnati is healthy by design, and everyone is connected to quality, affordable healthcare.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”32460″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Together, we’re solving complex issues that no one group could solve on their own. We’re building innovative technology solutions to improve workflow and inform decision-making. We’re designing programs that leverage our community’s assets. And we’re drawing a blueprint for better care, smarter spending, and ultimately healthier people.

  • From the partnerships formed under the architecture of Collective Impact, Greater Cincinnati was selected to test a new model of care delivery to address social determinants of health: the Accountable Health Community
  • With help from our partners, we solidified the three building blocks of GEN-H with Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Plus, the Accountable Health Community model, and place-based health initiatives.
  • Working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we’re designing and testing a multi-state health data exchange model that overcomes some of the barriers providers have in getting complete information about a patient’s medical history.
  • Building on the success of the CPC Classic pilot, we’re leading one of the largest payment demonstration projects in the country – CPC+ puts more primary care practices at the center of patient-focused care for quality improvement and healthcare cost-savings.
  • We launched a new Healthcare Workforce Innovation service line in 2017, built to help create a more robust and diverse pipeline of healthcare talent for the region with strategies designed by our members to address the reduction of health disparities and improvement of equity of care through clinical quality improvement efforts. In November, 600+ Greater Cincinnati students attended HealthFORCE – our new healthcare careers expo for high school students – representing schools from private, public, and tech-based schools located in Hamilton, Warren, and Butler counties as well as SE Indiana & Northern Kentucky.
  • In November we hosted the 2017 Inspire | Healthcare dinner and awards celebration for more than 320 members, partners, and community stakeholders at The Renaissance downtown. Those who have made significant contributions to improving healthcare in Greater Cincinnati were recognized for their innovations in population health, informatics, and quality improvement. The annual Hoxworth Blood Drive award winners were also announced.
  • Our Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) celebrated more than 27 years serving its 150+ member organizations across four contract categories: Energy & Infrastructure, Food Service, Patient Services, and Professional Services. More than 65% of the 18 contract partners are local businesses, generating over $30M in annual sales volume and saving GPO members a total of $4M+ in estimated savings.

We are immensely grateful to you – working daily to build a healthier Greater Cincinnati. Whether that’s through innovative applications of health information technology, new patient safety and quality improvement protocols, or designing workplace wellness and population health programs, you are contributing to the framework of the future health and vibrancy of this place we all call home.

Before you close up shop for the holidays, take a few minutes to check out our Healthy by Design video that highlights some of our collective accomplishments this past year. With a solid foundation in place, we look forward to working together in 2018 to achieving health by design in ways previously unimagined.

Thanks for a fantastic year,

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