Wednesday, October 8, 2008

National vascular experts meet at Mass General to share best practices

Physicians, nurses and administrators from 12 of the nation’s top vascular centers gathered during the two-day meeting to discuss best practices and strategize on the challenges facing the specialty.

As the host institution, physicians and administrators from Massachusetts General Hospital dissected the development and operations of its integrated vascular center, presenting on diverse topics including credentialing, quality initiatives, network development and finance. The examples opened up discussions among attendees about the efficiencies and successes of each institutions’ attempts to integrate its vascular services.

Dr. Michael Jaff, medical director of the Mass General Hospital Vascular Center, hopes the meeting will foster opportunities for continued collaboration among the different institutions and open up conversation about the future of vascular centers nationwide.

“The presentations were interactive and fostered some excellent dialogues. Hopefully, the attendees will be able to take information back to their institutions that could help them overcome some existing hurtles as they continue to establish integrated vascular centers,” said Jaff. “We also hope to open up discussion between these institutions about the research interests in the vascular specialties and the development of a national vascular database.”

Moving forward, participants agreed to hold future Vascular Center Consortiums every six to nine months to keep the momentum of this first meeting. The next is expected to be at the Arizona Heart Institute with an expanded group of participants.

“This was a sentinel meeting. These 12 centers represent the most advanced vascular centers in the country, and we have agreed to work together to try to push the vascular center concept forward,” said Thom Rooke, MD, Mayo Clinic.

“We may look back 10 years from now and recognize that something quite significant took place here this week.”

Participating institutions in the first Vascular Center Consortium were Mass General, Mayo Clinic, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Northwestern University, Stanford Universality, Arizona Heart Institute, Ochsner Clinic, Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania.

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