Medical care quality and safety will be discussed



BAR HARBOR — Acadia Senior College will host Dr. Jeff Dunn, speaking on Navigating Quality and Safety in Medical Care, as part of its Food For Thought program on Friday, Oct 24, at Birch Bay Village Inn, Hulls Cove.

Historically, healthcare quality was mostly the domain and concern of individual providers – hospitals, physicians, and nurses. Complexity and disappointing outcomes have mandated that the focus be moved to a national, system-wide, coordinated approach, teaming all players using nationally acceptable standards.

This coordinated approach, what quality and safety mean and how we measure them, who the players are and how they impact or impede quality and safety will be discussed, as well as how consumers and patients can navigate the healthcare quality maze.

Jeff Dunn served as chief of pediatric cardiac surgery and professor of surgery at Temple University and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. He was also chief medical officer and hospital president at a large multi-hospital university healthcare system on the east coast. Dunn has had a career-long interest and passion in hospital and healthcare quality and safety.

He and his wife, Linda, have summered Down East for the past 31 years, raising two children. They now spend most of their time on Mount Desert Island. They enjoy sailing, hiking, birding and reading in front of the fire. Dunn is a watercolorist.

A hot buffet lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and costs $11; the lecture is from noon to 1 p.m. Reservations are required for either. Contact the Acadia Senior College office at 288-9500 or email [email protected]

All Food For Thought events are open to the public.

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