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How To Feed A Crowd With Single Piece Pie Making

How To Feed A Crowd With Single Piece Pie Making

Every Thanksgiving, Accelerate’s graphic designer Marcie Hopkins hosts a pie party for 90 friends and family. This year, Marcie collaborated with senior value engineer and expert home chef Matt Sanford to design the best way to make enough pies to feed a crowd. Here, they share their process — true to our mission, there’s a great health care application as well.... Read More
Ari Weinzweig on the Power of Belief

Ari Weinzweig on the Power of Belief

Ari Weinzweig, CEO and cofounder of Zingerman’s gourmet food company, spoke at U of U Heath’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI) this past March. Weinzweig argues the power of belief – and our individual ability and freedom change our beliefs – is the answer to unlocking our personal and organizational potential.... Read More
Safety Lessons: Are We Using It or Losing It?

Safety Lessons: Are We Using It or Losing It?

We’ve all done it: attend an amazing lecture or conference, glean some great ideas, only to return to work and forget about it entirely a couple weeks later. This common conundrum prompted Lawrence Marsco to ask the U of U Health LDI curriculum committee, “How do we know if anyone’s using this content?”... Read More
Canyoneering Close Call: Always Have a Safety Plan

Canyoneering Close Call: Always Have a Safety Plan

Engineer Cindy Spangler compares canyoneering and surgery and identifies a common thread: the need for high-reliability processes. She describes how surgical time-out, a quick huddle to debrief before surgery, can serve as a useful model for reducing the risk of harm in canyoneering.... Read More
Halloween Lean

Halloween Lean

This post is inspired by a few cartoons Linda Tyler shared with us last season. Just for fun, we thought we’d check in with our resident expert Cindy Spangler – value engineer and modern-day renaissance woman – for some cartoon captions that scream happy lean Halloween!... Read More
What I'm Reading: 3 Tips For Changing Culture

What I'm Reading: 3 Tips For Changing Culture

As Utah’s first graduate medical director of quality and safety, hospitalist Ryan Murphy has a big job: prepare physicians to transform health care. Like any good student, Murphy hit the books to understand how to lead this tall order. Here he shares three insights from one of his favorite leadership books.... Read More
Want To Transform Health Care? Work on a

Want To Transform Health Care? Work on a "Boring" Project

Claire Ciarkowski is on a journey to reduce unnecessary labs for inpatients at University of Utah Health. As a junior faculty member, she volunteered to work on the project when it didn’t sound exciting. But she is changing culture by asking the hard questions and delivering better care to patients at a lower cost. Accelerate’s Mari Ransco asked what she has learned.... Read More
How Nurse-Physician Rounding = High-Performing Teams

How Nurse-Physician Rounding = High-Performing Teams

Teaching the next generation of health care providers happens every morning in 10 minute chunks throughout the hospital. The Surgical Intensive Care Unit reimagined the physician rounds to feature the patient’s nurse, instead of the patient’s physician-student. They found that this simple change created a stronger interprofessional team and advanced nursing practice.... Read More
Wanted: “Teams” not “Cowboys

Wanted: “Teams” not “Cowboys"

Dr. Kyle Bradford Jones confronts a long-held cultural icon in medicine: the cowboy doctor. He argues that living up to the cowboy mythology undermines how physicians provide care – in trying to do it all, they actually do more harm. His cure for cowboy medicine? Relying on a great team.... Read More
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Accelerate frequently chronicles the hard work of building and nurturing teams because we believe that real teams are the antidote to the chaos of modern medicine (in the words of Dr. Tom Lee). Here, we highlight a necessary ingredient of high-performing teams: motivation.... Read More
Invest In Your Team: Listening and Storytelling

Invest In Your Team: Listening and Storytelling

University of Utah Health was an early adopter of bundled payments. Accelerate’s Mari Ransco sat down with Ryan VanderWerff, one of the first in our health system to participate in payment innovation, to learn firsthand what it takes to lead a team in turbulent times.... Read More
Our Community's Best of Utah

Our Community's Best of Utah

We're wrapping up our new faculty welcome with a short list from Accelerate's advisors on where to eat, what to do and a few locals-only insider tips.... Read More
Wendy Hobson-Rohrer: Five More Tips For Faculty

Wendy Hobson-Rohrer: Five More Tips For Faculty

We were amazed by the traffic to Ryan and Ellen’s post on advice for new faculty. So we were thrilled when pediatrician and the Associate Dean for Faculty Development Wendy Hobson-Rohrer asked to write a follow-up! She knows from experience that navigating a career in academic medicine is more jungle gym than ladder. Here's her top five tips for all faculty.... Read More
We're Looking For a Managing Editor! (...is it you?)

We're Looking For a Managing Editor! (...is it you?)

We’re thrilled to be hiring a managing editor to help continue to grow Accelerate. We’re looking for someone hardworking who can thrive in a small and energetic operations team. Think you could you be passionate about our burgeoning community? Read on.... Read More
Patient Experience 101: Kirk Hughs Looks Beyond the Percentile

Patient Experience 101: Kirk Hughs Looks Beyond the Percentile

Improvement in patient experience is often the hardest part of managers’ jobs. It takes consistent work engaging your team. There are no shortcuts. In this series, we’ll be sharing lessons learned the hard way from people working on the front lines to deliver care. In this post, specialty clinics director Kirk Hughs gives practical advice on looking beyond the percentile in your patient experience data.... Read More
A Framework To Measure Value-added Time in Health Care

A Framework To Measure Value-added Time in Health Care

The dojo welcomes guest author and senior value engineer Will McNett with a deep dive into clinic capacity utilization. McNett borrows from manufacturing to offer a framework to measure and increase what really matters to patients: time spent with their provider.... Read More
A Post About Nothing (sort of)

A Post About Nothing (sort of)

Zac Watne, Utah’s payment innovation manager (he gets paid to understand the volatile world of payment reform), is back with another update on “bundles.” In this post, Zac explains that while the latest news on bundles is important to know, it's much ado about nothing for University of Utah Health.... Read More
Why Rounding Demonstrates Respect for Patients and Teams

Why Rounding Demonstrates Respect for Patients and Teams

Rounding – the act of connecting with patients and staff – is a leadership best practice. While few find rounding easy to start, those who master it are hooked. It is a daily habit that improves patient care, experience and engages the team. Susan Clark and her medical director, Dr. Dana DeWitt, have taken the practice one step further by rounding together as a leadership dyad, resulting in a more connected and authentic team.... Read More