CINCINNATI, Feb 25–Xavier Leadership Center (XLC), The Xavier University School of Nursing and Ohio’s largest healthcare organization, Catholic Health Partners, have partnered to create the Nurse Care Coordinator Program (NCCP), the first of its kind in this region and one of the first in the country.
The program is important because it is responding to a national trend in health care that is shifting toward patient-centered care. It is designed to prepare registered nurses to lead and collaborate with teams of health care professionals (primary care doctors, specialists, nutritionists, therapists, etc.) to deliver high quality, coordinated care to patients. It prepares them to be excellent communicators and team members as they implement care management across the health care continuum.
Lynne McCabe, RN, Director of Community Care Coordination Programs for Catholic Health Partners, heard about Xavier University from a staff member/care coordinator who had a positive experience while getting her Master’s Degree in Nursing at Xavier. McCabe was already looking to start a training or certificate program for her nursing staff, but found a similar program offered on the East coast to be cost prohibitive and far away. Using knowledge and experience acquired through implementing a care coordination program for Catholic Health Partners, McCabe knew that partnering locally would be a better solution. Cincinnati’s largest healthcare system, Mercy Health, is part of the Catholic Health Partners organization.
By working with Xavier to create a Nurse Care Coordinator Program here in the region, McCabe could send more nurses through the program and keep them working while attending classes.
“We need Nurse Care Coordinators; they are the backbone of operations,” said McCabe. “Working one-on-one with patients, Nurse Care Coordinators are able to help them overcome barriers and better manage their care. By helping patients develop self-management practices, patients become more accountable for their care and outcomes are better. Care Coordinators help patients with transportation barriers, home care needs, education and medical advice, diet and nutrition counseling, and scheduling office visits. When patients are navigating the healthcare system, they need all the help they can get. That’s why the Care Coordinators are so important.”
McCabe is excited about the program which began last month at the Xavier Leadership Center, explaining, “We currently have 15 Nurse Care Coordinators and a Dietician going through the program for the first time. I hope this becomes an ongoing program that expands and opens to any nurse who wants to attend.”
Susan Schmidt, PhD, RN, Director and Professor/Epidemiologist of the School of Nursing at Xavier University, was one of the main supporters of the program. “It certainly fits the mission of Xavier beautifully. We seek to serve others and educate them intellectually, morally and spiritually by challenging them to become men and women of integrity and compassion. We look to support diversity and the betterment of mankind. Through these nurses, Xavier is able to reach out and touch a lot of people of diverse backgrounds.”
Schmidt, who teaches two of the classes in the program —Trends in Healthcare and Risk Stratification, adds, “It’s also a movement nationally. Healthcare is moving toward reaching the triple aim of positive patient experience, positive health outcomes, and reducing per capita costs. Yet, currently many individuals aren’t experiencing this. With a Nurse Care Coordinator Program we are hoping to create a more holistic health care system with far less fragmented care.”
Mike Leavy, Associate Director of Xavier Leadership Center, and one of Schmidt’s and McCabe’s co-developers, believes “This is an innovative program for the region, which will enable participants to be leaders and pioneers in serving the needs of all stakeholders in the rapidly changing health care environment.”
If you have questions, please call Mike Leavy at 513-745-2942 or visit http://xavierleadershipcenter.com/programs/public-sector-leader-certificate-program for more information.
About Xavier Leadership Center:
Building upon its rich history, Xavier Leadership Center offers a comprehensive and flexible range of professional development and leadership programs, globally recognized certificates, and expert advisory and coaching services that address today’s business challenges. These programs are scheduled at convenient times and dates at the Schiff Conference Center on the Xavier campus. For more information about the Leadership Certificate Programs, the Certified Management Accountant program as well as other Corporate University programs offered by Xavier University, visit Xavier Leadership Center online at www.xavierleadershipcenter.com or contact Shelly Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (513) 745-1094.
About Xavier University:
Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 3 among 146 universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of The Best 378 Colleges.
About Catholic Health Partners:
Catholic Health Partners (CHP) is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, employing more than 31,000 in Ohio and Kentucky. With $6 billion in assets, CHP operates more than 250 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs, and eight home health agencies. Its hospitals operate as Mercy, Mercy Health, Mercy Health Partners, Humility of Mary Health Partners, Community Mercy Health Partners and St. Rita’s Health Partners. In keeping with its mission, CHP provided $374.7 million in community benefit services in 2013. CHP’s bonds are rated AA- by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, and A1 by Moody’s. Truven (formerly Thomson Reuters) has consistently rated CHP among the nation’s top health systems for clinical quality and efficiency. For more information, visit www.health-partners.org and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and/or YouTube.