October 10, 2008

Hospital CEOs Learn to Improve Quality and Efficiency

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- C-level executives will learn how to improve the quality of hospital care and how the physical environment of care impacts quality during a conference at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 10.

Trane and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) have partnered to offer this professional learning opportunity for ACHE members. The event will open with a presentation about how to improve the quality of care followed by a panel discussion about how the hospital environment affects quality of care, productivity, employee satisfaction and business results.

Nearly 1,200 evidence-based design studies, validated by groups such as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, have directly connected the physical environment of the hospital with quality, patient satisfaction, staff satisfaction, productivity and financial performance.

Secrets of Great Healthcare Organizations -- A Study of 200 U.S. Hospitals

Chip Caldwell, FACHE, president of Chip Caldwell & Associates, and former hospital chief executive officer and executive vice president of Juran Institute's Healthcare Practice, will present "Secrets of Great Healthcare Organizations" drawn from a study of 200 U.S. hospitals. Caldwell will discuss how to implement an action plan to bring and keep costs down while improving patient care. He will address:

   --  The role of Lean-Six Sigma in optimizing capacity and eliminating the       cost of quality   --  "Big Q" strategies with sequences of projects over time vs. "Little Q"       projects one at a time   --  Required infrastructure and resources to optimize the power of Lean       Six-Sigma   --  Roles of senior leaders and managers    Quality and Its Impact on the Environment of Care  

Thomas C. Dolan, Ph.D., FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer, ACHE, will lead a panel discussion on "The Environment of Care and Its Impact on Quality." C-level executives from three hospital systems will participate in the panel.

   The panelists will provide insight into:   --  How the environment of care impacts quality and business results,       including patient outcomes, staff/physician satisfaction and retention       and the bottom line   --  Hospital best practices in creating a high quality environment of care  

Richard Campbell, vice president of Trane's central territory, is available for media interviews upon request and appointments.

About Trane

Trane has worked with health care facilities for over 40 years, providing a range of systems, services and solutions to optimize healing environments, improve patient outcomes, increase comfort levels of staff and patients, and optimize facility investment. Nearly half of all healthcare facilities in North America rely on Trane systems for their comfort needs.

Trane, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand , provides systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings around the world. Through its two premium brands - Trane and American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning - the business offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions. Its systems and services comprise dehumidifying and air cleaning products; aftermarket service and parts support; advanced building controls; and building and financing solutions, including those that allow energy-efficient systems to pay for themselves through energy savings. Trane's systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a powerful distribution network. The business has 35 plants in 10 countries and more than 29,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.trane.com/; http://www.americanstandardair.com/; and http://www.ingersollrand.com/.

About ACHE

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year. ACHE is also known for its journals, the Journal of Healthcare Management and Frontiers of Health Services Management and its magazine, Healthcare Executive, as well as ground-breaking research and career development and public policy programs. ACHE's publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management in addition to textbooks for use in college and university courses. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare leaders by providing exceptional value to its members.


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