Tuesday Jan 25, 2022

Johnese Spisso President, UCLA Health (Part 1)

Tom Robertson, Executive Director of the Vizient Research Institute discusses the challenges of balancing research and patient care with Johnese Spisso, who before taking on her current role as President of UCLA Health, spent 22 years at UW Medicine in Seattle, another academic medical center in the top tier of research funding by the National Institutes of Health. Johnese describes UCLA’s innovation center, designed to bring new clinical discoveries to the bedside, and a purposeful focus of philanthropy on the translation of innovation into improved patient care, exemplified by UCLA’s recent ranking on the U.S. News and World Report’s honor roll.


Guest speaker:
Johnese Spisso, RN, MPA
President, UCLA Health
CEO, UCLA Hospital System 
Tom Robertson
Executive Director
Vizient Research Institute


Show Notes:

[0:55] UCLA Health System’s high rankings with the U.S. News & World Report

[2:30] UCLA focuses on delivering patient safety and performance improvement plan, not rankings

[3:55] MOVERS dashboard: Mortality, Outcomes, Value-based care, Experience of the patient and family and quality measure for Readmissions. It is reviewed monthly by department chairs.

[4:53] UCLA relies on Vizient to lead them through the quality, safety and service rankings; the ability to benchmark against similar academic medical centers and to be able to share ideas and lessons learned with peers has been invaluable

[6:56] All academic medical centers need to do more work on health equity

[7:37] Balancing priorities between research and patient care

[9:38] UCLA started an innovation center to develop new therapies, new technologies that are coming forward from bench to bedside.  It also created a bio design program to take clinical ideas from thought to commercialization.

[10:55] UCLA has patient and family advisory councils for innovations

[11:15] COVID has allowed the public to see the value of the investment in research because UCLA was able to bring COVID tests and participate in clinical trials faster than before.

[12:40] Philanthropy is investing in innovation to advance health care forward.

[14:00] Hospital systems struggle to consolidate clinical programs to reduce variation and cost


Links | Resources:

Johnese Spisso biographical information


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