Nashville Community Celebrates Anniversary

In May 2012, approximately 15 healthcare providers from across Nashville held their first meeting as a community devoted to reducing hospital readmissions. Three years later, they are still going strong, having just celebrated their anniversary at the University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn., with fifty members in attendance.The Nashville community, known as Transitioning Patients Across the Care Continuum (TPACC), has been meeting frequently since May 2012 to work on initiatives designed to reduce hospital readmissions, admissions and adverse drug events. They are currently working with atom Alliance to continue this work for the next four years.

Some of TPACC’s successes include

  • creating workgroups that focus on specific interventions,
  • creating a provider resource guide,
  • hosting a health fair and
  • providing learning opportunities for each other.

“This group is raising the bar on quality.”
Teresa Shelton,
Case Manager Director

Greta Mullinax,
TPACC Community Leadership Chair
The community has accomplished this under the same leadership since its inception— Greta Mullinax, Director of Marketing for Lakeshore Senior Living and TPACC Leadership ChairAt their anniversary event, Kathy Johnson Warner, leader of TPACC’s Discharge Process Workgroup, said, “This community is beneficial because it’s always about the bigger picture—the larger needs of the community.”

“This group is raising the bar on quality in terms of establishing community networks and care coordination,” said Teresa Shelton, community member and Case Manager Director at University Medical Center.

Members include clinical liaisons, healthcare business owners and C-suites, hospitalists, case managers, admission coordinators, educators and many more.

Tracy Reddick, leader of TPACC’s Patient Engagement Workgroup, said, “We get together and brainstorm for answers. We share resources and discuss problems.”

Communities also help each other. Linda Lisic, a social worker, is the leader of the newly established Cookeville Community. She attended the Nashville celebration because her new community is modeled after the standards created by this one, which she has attended for the last two years in preparation.

Go here to learn more about atom Alliance communities and find one near you.

Betty DeBlasio, RN

Betty DeBlasio is a clinical Quality Improvement Advisor for atom Alliance, where she brings together communities of health care providers and patients to improve care coordination and reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions in Tennessee. She has spent over 30 years as a practicing registered nurse in various healthcare settings, including 25 years of leadership, with the majority of her nursing experience spent in home health.

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