Director of ER to Speak at National Conference

Atlantic General Hospital selected for innovative 30 Minute ER Promise

Andi West-McCabe, director of emergency services at Atlantic General Hospital, will represent the hospital at the annual Premier Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition, to be held June 16-19, 2009 in Anaheim, Ca.

West-McCabe was selected to sit on a two-person panel to discuss the nationwide problem of emergency room overcrowding, the challenges of efficient ER throughput and the successes garnered through the 30 Minute ER Promise Atlantic General Hospital launched in February 2007.

The goal of the Premier conference is to discuss the future of healthcare and bring together top performing organizations to share best practices and introduce innovative solutions. Last year’s conference was attended by more than 3100 Premier members and industry experts.

“The opportunity to share the procedures and technology we have implemented to make our emergency department run more smoothly and efficiently in a national forum is very exciting,” said West-McCabe. “Our end goal with the 30 Minute ER Promise was always to improve the community’s access to the care they need. Through this conference and other venues we are able to share these best practices with other hospitals and, hopefully, help improve their patients’ experience as well.”

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Premier Healthcare Alliance brings together nationwide knowledge to improve local healthcare. It does this by collecting and analyzing clinical and financial data from its member hospitals, organizing committees of members to make decisions and set direction for the Alliance, sponsoring seminars and conferences, and sharing best practices. Approximately 200 not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems, including large systems operating multiple hospitals; academic medical centers associated with universities; and community-owned hospitals entirely take ownership of Premier. Owners range from small and rural to large inner-city facilities. Owner hospitals and health systems share the not-for-profit purpose of operation for social good, and they share with Premier the core purpose of improving the health of communities.