Erin DuPree, MD, and Corita Grudzen, MD, MSHS, of Mount Sinai Selected for New Innovation Advisors Program

Erin DuPree, MD, and Corita Grudzen, MD, MSHS, have been selected as inaugural members of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Advisors Program.

New York, NY
 – January 26, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Erin DuPree, MD, Vice President for Patient Safety and Deputy Chief Medical Officer in The Office for Excellence in Patient Care at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Corita Grudzen, MD, MSHS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, have been selected as inaugural members of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Advisors Program. The initiative was launched by the CMS Innovation Center in October 2011, and aims to help health care professionals deepen skills to drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs. 

After an initial orientation phase, Innovation Advisors will work with the CMS Innovation Center to test new models of care delivery in their own organizations and communities. They will also create partnerships to find new ideas that work and share them regionally and across the United States. 

By attending in-person meetings as well as remote sessions to expand their skills and applying what they learn, Among other duties, the Advisors will be expected to support the Innovation Center in testing new models of care delivery, to form partnerships with local organizations to drive delivery system reform, and to improve their own health systems so their communities will have better health and better care at a lower cost. 

The Advisors, including clinicians, allied health professionals, health administrators, will be able to deepen their knowledge in health care economics and finance, population health, systems analysis, and operations research. 

Drs. DuPree and Grudzen were among 73 individuals selected from 920 applications through a competitive process that required each applicant to propose a systems improvement project. Dr. DuPree’s proposal focused on systems improvements for decreasing surgical complications. 

"It is a huge honor to be chosen for the first class of Innovation Advisors," said Dr. DuPree. "This program will enhance the technical skills of all the participants while building a multi-directional network that supports the innovation needed to truly transform the delivery of patient care." 

Dr. Grudzen is interested in creating automatic triggers for palliative care consultation for older adults with certain chronic conditions in the Emergency Department. 

"Palliative care is a key area of health care in need of attention," said Dr. Grudzen, "and this program is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across the country on ways to improve care and reduce costs." 

Funding for the initiative was made possible by the Affordable Care Act. 

More information about the Innovation Advisors Program, including a fact sheet and a list of participants and their affiliated organizations, can be found at:

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report. 

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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