The new Illinois nonprofit limited-liability corporation, Midwest
Healthcare Quality Alliance, is designed to leverage the combined
strengths of the two organizations to create new solutions needed to
address the complex health care requirements of today and tomorrow,
The Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance will be governed by a
10-member board of managers and is based in the heart of the
Mid-Illinois Medical District in Springfield.
Dr. Charles Callahan, senior vice president and chief quality
officer for Memorial Health System, and Dr. Eric Brown, chief
medical officer for SIU HealthCare at Southern Illinois University
School of Medicine, will serve as the co-executive directors of the
The governing board includes five leaders from each organization,
including Callahan and Brown. The other eight are Edgar Curtis, Dr.
Doug Rahn, Scott Kiriakos and Dr. Raj Govindaiah from Memorial
Health System, and Dr. Jerry Kruse, Nelson Weichold, Dr. Stacy
Sattovia and Dr. Harald Lausen from SIU HealthCare.
"This alliance will foster innovative new methods and
partnerships for delivering care across our region in ways not
possible today," Callahan said. "The alliance will bring together
the best thinking in emerging areas, like population science, big
data, lean six sigma, high-reliability safety systems, chronic
disease management and patient activation, all focused on improving
the health of the people and communities across central Illinois."
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The alliance will ultimately be housed in the new Memorial
Center for Learning and Innovation, currently under construction
at the intersection of Miller and Rutledge streets. The
four-story building is expected to be completed in late 2014.
"SIU HealthCare remains committed to improving patient health
care outcomes throughout our communities," Brown said. "This
exciting collaboration gives us the opportunity to develop
evidence-based clinical pathways, improve coordination of care by
integrating data registries and leveraging clinical informatics, and
decrease health care costs by reducing variations and disparities in
clinical care. The alliance offers a platform to transform health
care delivery through innovation in clinical care, education,
research and community service."
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[Text from file received from
Memorial Health System]