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Stratis Health partners to form Superior Health Quality Alliance. To drive continued achievement of Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program goals under the new Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors (NQIIC) framework, eight organizations have come together to power a new nonprofit organization. Superior Health Quality Alliance is comprised of the Illinois Health & Hospital Association, MetaStar, Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Midwest Kidney Network, Minnesota Hospital Association, MPRO, Stratis Health, and Wisconsin Hospital Association. All have served as either a quality improvement organization, hospital improvement innovation network (HIIN) or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) network. Each organization remains independent and addresses health care issues outside the Medicare QIO Program

Antibiotic prescribing technical assistance for Johns Hopkins research project. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is funding a nationwide initiative to optimize use of antibiotics across health care settings. Stratis Health is a partner with NORC, supporting researchers at Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality who aim to identify which approaches are most helpful and operationalize efforts to optimize antibiotic prescribing. Stratis Health is nearing the final months of the hospital implementation phase of the initiative, where the team has provided support to hospitals in the central and southern United States. Stratis Health is providing input to the national team to support recruitment and launch of the next setting, which is long-term care.

Jane C. PedersonJane C. Pederson, Stratis Health chief medical quality officer was selected as a fellow for the national Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. The goal of the Fellows Program is to provide professionals in health and aging with the experience and skills necessary to help lead and shape a healthy and productive future for older Americans, through the translation of cutting-edge science and practical clinical experience into sound health policy.

Stratis Health thanks outgoing board members Donna Anderson, retired director of the Dakota County Public Health Department, and Mary Jo Kreitzer, founder and director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, who each served six years on the board of directors.

Outgoing board members presented plaques

Jennifer Lundblad and Craig Svendsen, board chair, recognize outgoing board members Donna Anderson (left center) and Mary Jo Kreitzer (right center).