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Sept. 14, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

UPMC's chief quality officer plans lecture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tami Minnier, chief quality officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a Pittsburgh-based integrated health care delivery system with more than $8 billion in annual revenues, will discuss health care careers and opportunities with Slippery Rock University students in a 12:30 p.m., Sept. 18, address.

The lecture, sponsored by SRU's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences, will be in 111 Eisenberg Classroom Building.

"The visit should be of interest to all of our health-care related majors as well as those in business-related majors," said Kurt Schimmel, dean of the sponsoring college. "She is one of the top leaders at UPMC, and I think students will want to meet and talk with her."

A question-and-answer session will be part of the event.

In her role as the chief quality officer, Minnier coordinates the activities of more than 20 hospitals, 2,800 physicians, 1.5 million health plan enrollees and three international hospital sites.

She joined UPMC more than 20 years ago and has served as vice president of patient care services/chief nursing office at UPMC Shadyside, a 510-bed tertiary care hospital. The IHI and RWJ Foundation selected UPMC Shadyside as one of three pilot sites nationally to participate in the "Transforming Care at the Bedside Initiative." TCAB, as a model for rapid redesign, played a vital role in investing vitality and satisfaction into the patient care at UPMC.

Many of the care delivery improvements Minnier developed have gained national and international recognition for UPMC, including "Condition H," a patient-family initiated rapid response team, the patient-controlled liberalized diet and bringing patients and families into the evaluation and redesign of programmatic health care delivery services.

Minnier is also UPMC's liaison to the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research and president of Sim Medical, a UPMC subsidiary with expertise in the creation and management of integrated healthcare simulation training programs.

She earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing and her master's degree in nursing from University of Pittsburgh and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has studied the Toyota Production System, Leaning Manufacturing and other business improvement applications to healthcare.

Minnier has been published in Newsweek, The Journal of Nursing Administration, Modern Health Care, Healthcare Leaders, Reflections by Sigma Theta Tau and other journals.v

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