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Texas A&M National Research Cooperative and major Philadelphia health system partner to combat health disparities

Lankenau Medical Center August 20, 2015 Research News

Main Line Health becomes newest member of the Center for Health Organization Transformation

(Bryn Mawr, Pa.) – Main Line Health, a five-hospital teaching health system in suburban Philadelphia, recently became a member of the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health—an industry-university cooperative research center funded by the National Science Foundation and other health care organizations.

CHOT’s mission is to conduct and support research into major health care innovations in the areas of management, clinical care and information technology. As a member, Main Line Health will work with CHOT and will also leverage their new partnership between Lankenau Institute for Medical Research and Jefferson College of Population Health in Philadelphia to develop new and innovative ways to reduce health care disparities and close the gap in population health outcomes.

Despite spending more per capita than the vast majority of countries, health care disparities continue to persist among racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. In fact, studies show that these populations experience a lower quality of health services, are less likely to receive routine medical procedures, and have higher rates of morbidity and mortality than non-minorities.

“Our membership in CHOT will not only help advance the nation’s understanding of health care disparities and how to reduce them, it will also provide us with valuable information about patients in the communities we serve,” said Phil Robinson, President of Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health. “Our first project will focus on identifying the key drivers of disparities in 30-day readmission among our patients and implementing evidence-based interventions that could significantly reduce these disparities.”

“The partnership between Main Line Health, CHOT and researchers at the Jefferson College of Population Health, will be highly effective in answering important health disparities questions in the U.S.,” said Bita Kash, PhD, MBA, CHOT Director and Associate Professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. “We hope to advance our knowledge base in the field of population health outcomes and health disparities while gaining a better understanding of the important role health care organizations and health systems play in achieving population health targets.”

The first CHOT research project in the Philadelphia region will be led by Alva Ferdinand, PhD, JD, Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, and will focus on building a disparities-of-care predictive model for hospital re-admissions that takes key market and geographic factors as well as the diverse populations served by Main Line Health into consideration. This unique population approach will allow Main Line Health to formulate evidence-based strategies toward closing health disparities gaps.

About Center for Health Organization Transformation

Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) is one of the National Science Foundation’s 70 Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) in the U.S. and the only I/UCRC focused on innovations in healthcare delivery. Through their cooperative research model, CHOT researchers and industry members from across all spectrums of health care work with university faculty and graduate students to conduct research on strategies for improving health and transforming health care delivery.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.