Alberty lecture reveals pathways to clinical excellence

July 08, 2011

During his 40 years as a surgeon at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Roger Alberty, M.D., was a champion of quality improvement. Providence St. Vincent Medical Center administration honored him at his retirement last year by announcing the Roger D. Alberty, M.D., Quality Improvement Lectureship, funded entirely by donations in his honor to Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation.

The inaugural lecture featured a distinguished expert on health care quality, public health and medical economics. Brent C. James, M.D., is chief quality control officer and executive director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. He has advised Congress regarding the recently passed health reform legislation, as well as other legislation during the Clinton Administration.

The two-hour talk by Dr James, who is a surgical oncologist, was titled “Standardization and Outcomes Improvement through Data Management.” It ranged from an analysis of how our nation’s debt and growing health expenditures are threatening the existence of our health care system, to case studies of four quality improvement efforts that have saved thousands of lives and dramatically lowered health care expenditures.