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IHI Leadership Alliance: Informational Call for Canadian Organizations

Held June 30, 2015

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Are you a forward-thinking healthcare executive impatient with the current state of care? If so, we invite you to join a free informational call jointly hosted by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) on the IHI Leadership Alliance.

The IHI Leadership Alliance is a dynamic collaboration of health system executives and teams who share a mission to work with one another, as well as in partnership with our patients, workforces, and communities, to deliver on the full promise of the IHI Triple Aim. We are a learning community characterized by generosity, curiosity, and courage.

For the past year, CFHI has been the only Canadian member of the IHI Leadership Alliance and have found the content and the opportunity to interact with healthcare leaders across the border to be very interesting and enlightening.

Participating in the June 30 call will be:

  • Stephen Samis, Vice President, Programs, CFHI
  • Donald M. Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, IHI
  • Göran Henriks, Chief Executive of Learning and Innovation, Qulturum, Region Jönköping County
  • Saranya Loehrer, MD, MPH, Executive Director, IHI

After this informational call, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the vision and upcoming activities of the IHI Leadership Alliance
  • Evaluate the progress that CFHI has made in its first year of participation in the IHI Leadership Alliance
  • Assess your organization’s ability to join the next phase of work in September at a discounted rate

Together we can be:

  • United for Change: We are a rising, collective voice for system change and believe the focus of attention should shift from industry preoccupations to the pursuit of health and healing — confident that such a shift will inspire fundamentally better care and outcomes for people and communities.
  • Driven by Collaboration: We believe that breakthrough system performance and health outcomes are possible when healthcare systems share promising practices and fuel new innovations in partnership with civic, health, and social service organizations.
  • Grounded in the Triple Aim: Examples of healthcare systems delivering flawlessly on the Triple Aim serve as our beacons of learning for wider adoption and improvements.
  • Focused on Results and Action: From incubating new ideas to implementing new approaches to inspiring new policies, we are moving from talking to doing, from aspiring to achieving.

The vision of the IHI Leadership Alliance is care better than we’ve ever seen, health better than we’ve ever known, cost we can all afford — every person, every time. This is a learning community characterized by generosity, curiosity, and courage, fully committed to achieving unprecedented performance together.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), with its rich history of improving health and healthcare for more than 25 years, is uniquely positioned to convene forward-thinking health system leaders in this bold, collaborative learning community; to partner with them to address the most urgent challenges facing healthcare organizations; to innovate new models to achieve the Triple Aim of better care, better health, and lower cost; and to support leaders and their organizations in driving demonstrable and unprecedented results.

Additional Resources:

  • Gundersen Health System CEO Jeff Thompson recently wrote a blog post about his team's experience in the IHI Leadership Alliance.
  • Patrick Courneya, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan at Kaiser Permanente, also wrote a blog post about the Leadership Alliance.


Goran HenriksGöran Henriks, Chief Executive of Learning and Innovation, Qulturum, County Council of Jönköping, Sweden, has over 20 years of management experience in the Swedish health care system. Qulturum is a center for quality, leadership, and management development for County employees and for regional and national health care. He is a member of the Jönköping County Council Strategic Group, has been Jönköping's project director for the Pursuing Perfection initiative over the last four years, and is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Mr. Henriks is part of the Strategic Committee of the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare organized by the British Medical Journal and IHI.

Saranya LoehrerSaranya Loehrer, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of North America Strategy and Operations for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She leads efforts to accelerate health system transformation in the United States through the development and execution of key programming, including stewardship of the IHI Leadership Alliance. Saranya received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and her Master of Public Health Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she served as a Zuckerman Fellow.

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Donald M. Berwick was President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for nearly 20 years. In July 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a position he held until December 2011. He was formerly Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Berwick has served as vice chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, the first "Independent Member" of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Berwick served two terms on the IOM's governing Council and was a member of the IOM's Global Health Board. He served on President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. He is a recipient of several awards and author of numerous articles and books, including Curing Health Care and Escape Fire.


Stephen Samis imageStephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CFHI

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