Hospitals want more diversity in leadership, but haven't achieved it

Most health care professionals say diversity in hospital leadership improves patient satisfaction, strategic efforts, clinical outcomes and the bottom line, but less than 15 percent say hospitals have closed the diversity gap in the last five years. Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer surveyed more than 400 health care professionals, in partnership with the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, Asian Health Care Leaders Association, National Association of Health Services Executives and the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives. The survey found that lack of commitment from top management is the main culprit and identifies the top five solutions for improving diversity. Visit www.wittkieffer.com.

IPEC aims to align education, practice of six health professions

Six associations have created the Interprofessional Education Collaborative to integrate and coordinate the education of nurses, physicians, dentists, pharmacists, public health professionals, and other members of the health care team to provide more collaborative and patient-centered care. The groups are the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Dental Education Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of Schools of Public Health. IPEC will formalize the work begun three years ago that led to last May's report, "Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice."

Transformation fellows named

Sixteen senior executives have been selected to participate in the second class of the American Hospital Association Health Care System Transformation Fellowship, an intensive six-month program that provides participants with a road map of how to design and plan for new care delivery and payment models. For information and to nominate a colleague for future programs, visit AHA Health Care Transformation Fellowship.