Saturday, November 24, 2012

Dr. Englander excels at home, too.

My regular readers may recall dispatches from my friend Dr. Honora Englander, when she was involved in caring for people in Uganda.  Well, I am pleased to report that the American College of Physicians has named her as one the top ten hospitalists of 2012.  The ACP particularly cited Honora's Care Transitions Initiative (C-TraIn). "The program is noteworthy not only for its success with helping poor and uninsured patients transition between hospital and outpatient settings, but also for garnering the financial support of the hospital."

“To ensure integration with hospital efforts and increase program sustainability, Honora pursued hospital funding rather than grants,” said Rebecca Harrison, MD, OHSU's section chief for hospital medicine who co-nominated Dr. Englander as a Top Doc. “That she developed a quality and business case and developed new clinical partnerships that bridge hospital and community care demonstrates her desire to solve substantive problems.”

I particularly like this characterization, which comes as no surprise to those of us who know her:

“Honora is a remarkably humane person and this comes through in how she treats her patients, colleagues from all disciplines, and also how she treats the work of systems change itself,” said Dr. Kansagara. “I think people naturally want to work with someone who has an action-oriented vision for improvement, and who is always keeping the ball moving forward.”

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