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Main Line Health joins Institute for Healthcare Improvement in two-year initiative to advance equity

April 3, 2017 News Releases

Main Line Health is one of nine health care organizations across the U.S. selected to participate in Pursuing Equity, a two-year initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to reduce inequities and outline a blueprint for how health care can advance equity. The initiative, supported by the Rx Foundation and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, aims to reduce inequities in health and health care access, treatment, and outcomes by implementing comprehensive strategies to create and sustain equitable health systems. The nine health care organizations—diverse in size, geography, and patient populations served—will work with IHI and learn from one another.

“We are honored to be selected to participate in this important initiative of the IHI, as public health and the elimination of disparities in care is an important focus at Main Line Health,” said Barry Mann, MD, Main Line Health chief academic officer. “We have worked hard to establish programs, such as our annual Health Care Colloquium, that have far-reaching impact on people's health, the quality of care they receive and the systems that provide that care.”

The initiative hopes to break new ground by explicitly addressing institutional racism, and by identifying ways health care organizations can impact equity in areas like employee wellness and social determinants of health, in addition to reducing clinical disparities at the point of care. Amy Reid, a director at IHI and lead of the Pursuing Equity initiative, stated: “No one sector holds the entire answer to health and wellbeing, but we each have an important role to play in our own sphere of influence. Health care can make an impact by providing equitable, high-quality, and high-value care, and also through its role as an employer and partner in a community. Through Pursuing Equity, we are thrilled to work with nine organizations that are already demonstrating what’s possible when health equity becomes a strategic priority.”

Making health equity a strategic priority is one of five key recommendations recently laid out in the IHI white paper, Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations. Other recommendations include developing structures and processes to support equity work, deploying scientific strategies to address the multiple determinants of health on which health care organizations can have a direct impact, decreasing institutional racism within the organization, and developing partnerships with community organizations. To achieve these goals, each of the nine organizations taking part in Pursuing Equity will build on foundational work in their health systems, including promising programs to reduce clinical disparities, the ability to track equity in process and outcomes data, and a high level of quality improvement knowledge and capability.

“We see a future where every health care system in the country pursues equity as part of daily work and core skills, ensuring that individuals and communities can attain their full health potential—and we believe Pursuing Equity is an important step in creating a blueprint for other organizations to follow,” Derek Feeley, IHI president and CEO, stated. “Pursuing Equity is part of the next phase of IHI’s ongoing commitment to address the unjust, costly, and persistent inequities in health and health care across the nation. We are energized and ready to continue this critical work.”

About the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) strives for a future free of health inequities, and is committing its tools, talents, and team to this essential human pursuit. IHI aims to achieve health equity by working in collaboration with organizations, communities, and individuals to accelerate the elimination of inequities in health care access, treatment, and outcomes across our nation. More information and resources about Health Equity are available on IHI.org. IHI’s Pursuing Equity initiative is made possible through funding by the Rx Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, and the participating health systems.

About the Rx Foundation

The Rx Foundation funds innovative projects and people to improve health care quality and access in the United States. The foundation supports early-stage initiatives with strong leadership and potential for out-sized impact.

About the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

The mission of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is to promote health equity and improve the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by serious diseases and conditions, by strengthening community-based health care worker capacity, integrating medical care and community-based supportive services, and mobilizing communities in the fight against disease. For more information about the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, please visit bms.com/foundation or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.