Members in the News
Heather Sakely, PharmD, BCPS, Director, Geriatric Pharmacotherapy and Director, PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency, was selected to participate in the fourth cohort of the Practice Change Leaders program.
The Practice Change Leaders program is proud to announce the selection of the 2016 class.
This class of Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health were selected from professionals who responded to a highly competitive nationwide call for applications. Ten Leaders were selected to participate in the prestigious program, aimed at building leadership capacity among professionals who have a leadership role in a health care delivery organization, health-related institution, or community-based organization with direct responsibility for care that impacts older adults. Through participation in the fourteen month Practice Change Leaders program, awardees receive $45,000 and the support of local and national Mentors to further develop their leadership skills and to complete a project aimed at implementing a new geriatric service line or aging program. Complementing their development as individual leaders, the Leaders will be joining a collegial network of dedicated professionals who share a commitment to improving health and health care outcomes in older adults.
As part of the PCL program, Heather Sakely has chosen to implement a program entitled PIVOTS-S: Pharmacist-led InterVentions On Transitions of Seniors – Scalability, A Skilled Nursing Facility Intensive Intervention For Hospital Readmission Reduction, which will demonstrate the role of the pharmacist within the interprofessional geriatric team, as both a direct patient care provider and change agent for improving care quality. The goals of this project are to create (1) local scalability of existing pharmacist-physician practices; (2) development of pharmacist-led institutional and health system level feedback loops, transparency, practice change and quality improvement around medication-related systems-based practice concerns and drug therapy problems, along with 7-day hospital readmission reduction from the skilled nursing facility (SNF); (3) regional and national scalability of our practice through creation of a working business plan. “Poor quality of care during transitions is a major public health problem and is often highlighted by numerous risk points for medication misadventures. Our program is critically responsive to this need and places pharmacists in direct patient care provider roles in the SNF, partnered in real-time with the interprofesional geriatric team, responsible for all medication therapy needs, and providing actionable and timely follow-up for the patient’s care.” said Dr. Sakely. “It is our vision to afford this enhanced interprofessional patient care delivery system to all older adults”.
The Practice Change Leaders program is made possible by the generous supported of the Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited life foundation, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The program is under the direction of Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH. To learn more about the program, please visit www.changeleaders.org.
About The Atlantic Philanthropies
The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Atlantic is a limited life foundation that makes grants through its five program areas: Ageing, Children & Youth, Population Health, Reconciliation & Human Rights, and Founding Chairman. Atlantic is active in Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam. To learn more, please visit: www.atlanticphilanthropies.org.
About the John A. Hartford Foundation
The John A. Hartford Foundation is a private philanthropy working to improve the health of older Americans. After three decades of championing research and education in geriatric medicine, nursing, and social work, today the Foundation pursues opportunities to put geriatrics expertise to work in all health care settings. This includes advancing practice change and innovation, supporting team-based care through interdisciplinary education of all health care providers, supporting policies and regulations that promote better care, and developing and disseminating new evidence-based models that deliver better, more cost-effective health care.
The Foundation was established by John A. Hartford. Mr. Hartford and his brother, George L. Hartford, both former chief executives of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, left the bulk of their estates to the Foundation upon their deaths in the 1950s. Additional information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.jhartfound.org.