Implementing an Enhanced Recovery Program for Surgery

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3), Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN) and Vizient are pleased to welcome Michael McGee, MD, for a webinar on “Implementing an Enhanced Recovery Program for Surgery.”

Dr. McGee, a colorectal surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will share his experiences carrying out a large-scale quality improvement program that included a strong patient engagement component.  The program reduced wound infections after colorectal surgery by 50% and reduced readmissions by 40%.

Dr. McGee will describe the barriers his team experienced while changing the protocol in a large healthcare system, and will share the strategies they used to overcome challenges. He also will provide examples of how data was used to change culture and garner support. Q&A follows the presentation.

Target Audience:  This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize barriers to implementing a large quality improvement (QI) project
  2. Develop strategies to overcome barriers to implementing a large (QI) project
  3. Detail basic tenets of surgically enhanced recovery protocols
  4. Develop audit and feedback programs to enhance performance of existing QI projects
  5. Apply this information to professional practice

These learning objectives align closely with the TCPI change package; quality improvement programs that include patient and family input are included in Drivers 1 and 2.

This is the first webinar in a 3-part series with a quality improvement focus on reducing readmissions and engaging patients and their families.

About the speaker:

Michael F. McGee, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Dr. Michael McGee is a colorectal surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Division of Surgical Oncology. Prior to obtaining his medical degree at Drexel University, he was a trained mechanical engineer.

After completing general surgery training at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. McGee completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. While at Case Western, Dr. McGee completed the Dudley P. Allen Scholarship dedicated to clinical research in minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. McGee’s clinical interests include minimally invasive colorectal surgery, complex re-operative abdominal surgery, surgical endoscopy, abdominal wall reconstruction, and anorectal surgery.  His research interests include surgical quality improvement, clinical trials, and patient education.  He is an active member of several national surgical organizations and has authored over 50 publications and received multiple grants and awards for research, teaching, and humanism.

Dr. McGee serves as faculty on the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) where he led statewide quality improvement projects to reduce surgical site infections and develop enhanced recovery programs for surgical patients. Dr. McGee is the current chairperson for system-wide enhanced recovery program development at Northwestern Memorial Health Care and is co-chairperson of enhanced recovery programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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