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process improvement fair 2019
The Albright Read Institute enhances the ability to deliver on our promise of excellence – to consistently deliver best clinical practices and compassionate, patient-centered care. With resources provided by the Institute, Salem Hospital will achieve better data integrity and statistical analysis and complete higher quality research to truly improve how it cares for patients.

The Albright Read Institute supports a wide range of patient-centered process improvement initiatives including:

  • Deliver care through effective multidisciplinary rounding practices to ensure that our patients and their families remain fully informed and participate in their care.
  • Document goals of care for high-risk patients in our Integrated Care Management Program so that all clinicians can provide care according to the patient’s wishes.
  • Obtain the best possible medication list for our patients arriving in the Emergency Department or admitted for elective surgery.
  • Eliminate all hospital acquired nosocomial c. Difficile infections by elevating our processes to the established known best practice across the continuum of care.

Process Improvement Training Series for Internal Medicine Residents

The Albright Read Institute provides support and training to our Internal Medicine residents through process improvement training, presentation of current published research in a monthly journal club, and faculty collaborative support and consultation. The training series teaches residents important skills to enable them to initiate their own process improvement projects. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires residents to demonstrate participation in practice-based learning and improvement skills classes.

Faculty from the ARI teaches residents statistics, process improvement, and research study design to increase familiarity with these methods. Topics include:

  • Validity, bias, and types of measurement
  • Data collection strategies and data types (chart selection, graphic displays, descriptive statistics and other data summary techniques)
  • Hypothesis testing and variance and regression analyses
  • Statistical process control

Current published research presentations

Residents are required to present current published research articles to their peers in a monthly journal club. ARI has provided support to residents by discussing and helping clarify the statistical methods used in the literature they present.


ARI faculty provide consultative support on study design and methodology to residents who are interested in conducting research or improvement projects. Several residents have expressed interest in writing systematic reviews on clinical topics of their interest. Some residents are involved in current improvement projects, such as the c.Difficile reduction project sponsored by Dr. Marc Rubin.

Advanced Fellows Training Program  

  • Literature searching for best practices
  • Implementation/launching projects
  • Lean Six Sigma framework for reducing variation
  • Relating process and quality improvement projects to hypothesis-driven questions
  • Managing variation and efficiency
  • Measurement
  • Control plans
  • Communication and marketing