A Study to Determine a Methodology for Establishing a Center of Excellence Program at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.
Final rept. Jul 90-Jan 92,
FITZSIMONS ARMY MEDICAL CENTER AURORA CO
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The anticipated force reductions in the United States Army have resulted in an increasing awareness of cost efficient behavior in the Army Medical Department. The establishment of a center of excellence program in cardiovascular disease is one method that Fitzsimons Army Medical Center can pursue to accomplish the goal of delivering quality patient care within a resource limited environment. A center of excellence program is defined as a regional referral or consultation center that performs a specialized procedure with enough frequency to be designated as the leading expert in that particular medical specialty. The purpose of a center of excellence program is to provide an unexcelled level of quality patient care, usually at a competitive price, to ultimately arrive at a favorable outcome which reduces morbidity and mortality. This study developed a methodology for establishing a center of excellence program in cardiovascular disease. The development of specific criteria required for implementation of a cardiovascular center of excellence was accomplished with input provided by medical subject matter experts. The integration of a reliable patient referral process and aeromedical evacuation system are essential to provide the vital linkage between the smaller military community hospitals and the more advanced diagnostic and treatment capabilities at the Army medical centers.... Center of excellence, Specialized treatment facilities, Cardiovascular disease program criteria, Patient referral process, Aeromedical evacuation system, Graduate medical ed.
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