From the Director

Jen MyersLaunched in 2009 to support research and training, the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine aims to be an engine for change and improvement in the delivery of healthcare. The Center offers a robust training program for fellows and junior faculty who aspire to be future leaders in the field of patient safety and quality improvement research, education, and administration.

The scope of our work extends across two healthcare systems, Penn Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, with a particular emphasis on clinical operations within the hospital and the transitions between inpatient and outpatient settings. Focusing on multidisciplinary collaborations between researchers, administrative leaders, and clinical providers, CHIPS draws members from across diverse clinical areas and benefits from collaboration with the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research Program, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania, the Center for Evidence-Based Practice, and the Penn Medicine Center for Healthcare Innovation.

The Center's goals are:

  • To provide in-depth, experiential education in the field of healthcare quality improvement and patient safety research and operations
  • To design, implement and evaluate healthcare system interventions designed to improve quality and patient safety
  • To establish a forum for cross-disciplinary collaboration in quality improvement research and implementation science
  • To disseminate findings widely, utilizing the broadest range of outlets

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The Center was made possible by a donation from the Philadelphia Antiques Show and is sustained with funds from the Laffey-McHugh Foundation, Penn Medicine, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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