In September the University of New England’s Center for Health Innovation is parterning with LifeWings to offer TeamSTEPPS trainings in Bangor, Portland, and Biddeford. The LifeWings TeamSTEPPS training is an evidence-based framework to optimize team performance across the health care delivery system. It’s based on team structure and has four teachable-learnable skills: Communication, Leadership, Situation Monitoring, and Mutual Support. The interactive LifeWings TeamSTEPPS training will address the U.S. and Canadian IPEC competencies.
On Wednesday, September 14th, the training will be held in Bangor at the Spectacular Event Center from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, light food and refreshments will be served from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. The training will offer students, faculty, and clinical affiliates in the Bangor area an opportunity to earn a Team Strategies and & Tools to Enhance Performance & Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) certification and providers will also be eligible to receive CME credits. To register for the Bangor training please e-mail Ian Imbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, September 16th, there will be two separate training’s, one on each of UNE’s campuses. The first training will occur Friday morning from 7:45am-12:00 pm on the Portland Campus in the Finley Recreation Center, registration and light breakfast to start at 7:00 am. The second training will be from 1:15 pm-5:30 pm on the Biddeford Campus in Leonard Hall, light lunch to start at 12:30 pm. The training will offer students, faculty, and clinical affiliates an opportunity to earn a Team Strategies and & Tools to Enhance Performance & Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) certification. To register for the Portland event, sign up here. The Biddeford event is full.
LifeWings is a small team of healthcare professionals, military pilots, and healthcare risk managers who have come together to create a sustainable culture of quality. The LifeWings company guarantees that its initiatives will produce measurable outcomes such as creating better teams and teamwork; reducing errors, rework and waste; improving efficiency and reliability; and creating better care and outcomes. The LifeWings team consists of seven different educators who train more than 13,000 healthcare professionals each year at over 150 hospitals worldwide.
Jeff Hill is a LifeWings educator and will be performing the TeamSTEPPS training at the University of New England in September. He brings 30 years of experience in aviation leadership and safety processes to his 15 years of experience as a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer in healthcare. Prior to joining LifeWings, Jeff was the associate director responsible for TeamSTEPPS trainings at Vanderbilt where he developed safety tools and educational curricula supporting patient safety through teamwork and communication. Jeff has given national presentations at Partners Healthcare, The Joint Commission, and the National Patient Safety Foundation.
The Center for Health Innovation is providing the TeamSTEPPS training to meet the objectives of the four-year $600,000 Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant it received last year and the five-year $2.5 million grant that it received in conjunction with PCHC in July of 2016 from the Health Resources Service Administration. One of the main goals of the grant is to transform the primary care workforce in rural and underserved Maine and improve health outcomes. The training will provide the necessary tools for UNE’s graduate healthcare students and area providers to have a basic understanding of and exposure to team-based care. It will also encourage students to work interprofessionally before venturing into their professional careers.
For more information on the attending one of the upcoming TeamSTEPPS events in Bangor, Portland, or Biddeford please contact Ian Imbert, MPH, Project Coordinator for interprofessional practice and education at email@example.com.