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The Stoneman Center

The Stoneman Center for Quality Improvement, established in 1999, is dedicated to creating and evaluating state of the art programs that enhance the quality and safety of patient care.  The Center develops and evaluates programs both within primary care and on the hospital wards that enhance patient safety and foster the patient's ability to deal with health and illness in a way that promotes the best possible quality of care.

The Stoneman Center draws on existing resources within the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, the Department of Medicine, and the Department of Healthcare Quality at the Hospital for staffing as well as generous gifts of donors.  The Center has sponsored a wide variety of quality improvement demonstration and research projects that have been influential in improving the care of patients in our Hospital and in others around the country.  The research programs initially focused on medication safety and led to the improvement in medication administration in the Hospital.  It established the first resident elective in quality care and patient safety in any hospital in the country and has become a model for hospitals throughout the nation.  In addition, graduates of our program are now major leaders in quality improvement in the Hospital and the Stoneman Center's research granting system has been adopted by the Risk Management Foundation, the Harvard insurance company.

Our current emphasis is to study and evaluate a project we call the Triggers Program.  It is the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's unique version of rapid response teams in the care of critically ill patients.  This program has already led to a decrease in morbidity and mortality in the patients on the hospital wards and we anticipate ongoing research in this area. We are also studying the impact of a geographic redesign to evaluate efficiency of care, distribution of work, communication with patients and families and response to critical situations.