Welcome to the IMPROVE network
Welcome to the website of the National Cardiac Surgery Quality IMPROVE Network (IMPROVE). The IMPROVE Network is an informal, voluntary collaboration of regional collaboratives. Despite thousands of publications on cardiac surgery, important gaps remain between current knowledge and current practice.
The IMPROVE Network members are: The Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program, Atlantic Cardiovascular Quality Initiative, Maryland Cardiac Surgery Quality Initiative, Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group, PH&S-Swedish Cardiovascular Clinical Performance Group and the Texas Quality Initiative. The mission of IMPROVE is to improve the value of cardiovascular surgical care by developing, sharing best practice knowledge, coordinating, undertaking, evaluating and disseminating quality improvement projects across our member organizations. The IMPROVE Network members have agreed to come together to share information and expertise regarding opportunities to further evaluate and improve the quality, safety and cost of cardiac surgical care. Each collaborative currently collects data on patients having cardiac surgical procedures and disseminates quality assurance reports (regional reports) focused on processes of care and outcomes.
On our website you will find information concerning our collaboratives, current areas of investigation, minutes from our meetings, and other potentially helpful resources as you work towards improving your cardiac surgical practices.
Donald S. Likosky, PhD
The Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program (COAP)
Shilpen Patel, MD
Eric J. Lehr, MD, PhD
Atlantic Cardiovascular Quality Initiative (ACVQI)
Gregory M. Hirsch, MD
Ansar Hassan, MD
Maryland Cardiac Surgery Quality Initiative (MCSQI)
Glenn Whitman, MD
Michigan Society of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative (MSTCVS)
Gaetano Paone, MD, MHSA
Eric C. Hanson, MD
Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group (NNECDSG)
David J. Malenka, MD
Robert Helm, Jr., MD
PH&S-Swedish Cardiovascular Clinical Performance Group
James K. Brevig, MD
Neil K. Worrall, MD
Texas Quality Initiative (TQI)
Baron Hamman, MD
Colleen M. McClorey
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