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Press Release for Monday, May 6, 2013

Quality Collaborative of Northeast Florida Hosts Annual Quality and Safety Forum

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102




The Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at the University of North Florida, in conjunction with the Quality Collaborative of Northeast Florida and the Duval County Medical Society, will host the 5th annual Quality and Safety Forum from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Grand Banquet Hall, on the UNF campus. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Refreshments and lunch will be served.


This year’s forum theme is “Creating a Culture of Quality and Safety.” National and regional experts will present and discuss creating an institutional culture of quality and safety through patient-centered caring communication, leadership and teamwork.


“Jacksonville has a long history of medical excellence, including the oldest and third largest graduate and post graduate medical education programs in Florida. Not surprising, the health professionals and institutions of Northeast Florida created the unique Quality Collaborative of Northeast Florida and participate in these annual quality and safety forums to continually enhance excellence in medicine and health care,” said Dr. Yank Coble, director for the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at UNF.


Keynote speakers include Dr. Michael Leonard, expert faculty, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Vice Adm. and Navy Surgeon General Matthew Nathan; and Dr. Ronald Paulus, president and CEO, Mission Health System. Leonard will discuss components of a culture of safety and the journey to create a culture of safety, while Nathan will share about promoting patient engagement and involvement. Paulus will discuss how to prepare an organization for upcoming changes in health care.


Additionally, there will be interactive sessions with leaders of medical and health care institutions in Northeast Florida about regional quality improvement efforts, patient-centered communication and culture change and safety, as well as case studies addressing the impact of pharmaceutical shortages on patients, professionals and the public.


Registration fee for the forum is $75. To register, visit or contact the UNF Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at (904) 620-1211 or . Reservations are limited to 150 participants.


The Quality Collaborative of Northeast Florida, an initiative of the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at UNF, was formed in 2010 and is comprised of 15 participating private-and public-sector health care organizations.


The Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at UNF was founded in February 2007, with the mission of promoting global understanding and collaborative action to improve health and medical care. Center initiatives promote optimal health and medical education, supporting leadership development in the health and medical professions, and integrating local, state, national and global participation in advisory committees, forums, research and education.


The Center’s principal work is to convene public and private sector experts to collaboratively address current issues in global health and medical diplomacy. Center-sponsored conferences, committees and public forums provide an opportunity for leading experts (regional, national and international) to discuss issues in an open environment that facilitates evidence-based dialogue.


 UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.