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Innovator of Care Transitions Model for Hospital Patients Honored

From: The Hospitalist, December 2012

Geriatrician Eric Coleman, MD, MPH, of the University of Colorado at Denver, and pioneer of the celebrated Care Transitions Model for discharged hospital patients, wins MacArthur Foundation “genius” award

by Larry Beresford

University of Colorado at Denver geriatrician Eric Coleman, MD, MPH—who pioneered the celebrated Care Transitions Model (www.caretransitions.org), which sends “coaches” on home visits and has them make phone calls to patients in an effort to smooth post-hospital discharge transitions and enhance self-care—has been honored with a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award.

Dr. Coleman also co-chairs the advisory board for SHM’s Project BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older Adults through Safe Transitions) national quality initiative.

The MacArthur Fellowship is known for honoring individuals who have shown exceptional originality and creativity, bestowing them with a $500,000 award—no strings attached. Dr. Coleman says the award “promotes the opportunity for approaching complex problems in new light—taking risks with new approaches and serving in the role of a ‘change agent.’”

“I look forward to working collaboratively with hospitalists and hospitals on finding new strategies and solutions for improving the discharge experience,” he says.


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