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Weiss Memorial Hospital Physician Named to Prestigious Healthcare Quality Governing Body

Aug 12, 2010

Dr. Dheeraj Mahajan shares his expertise in improved quality and patient-centered care

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CHICAGO (Aug. 12, 2010) — Dheeraj Mahajan, MD., C.M.D., geriatrics medical director at Weiss Memorial Hospital and clinical assistant professor of medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago has been appointed to serve as a member to the IFMC-IL Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Governing Body.

“As a member, Dr. Mahajan will help steer IFMC-IL activities to improve patient safety in the hospital and nursing home settings, and with physicians to encourage the use of electronic health records and preventive services,” said Debbie Camacho, manager of patient safety at IFMC-IL.

“I am very happy to be part of this governing body,” Dr. Mahajan said. “It allows me another means to share my vision for patient-centered care in the Chicagoland area, which involves patient education, health promotion and community-based research to prevent and manage diseases.”

IFMC-IL provides assistance to Medicare consumers as well as healthcare providers who participate in the Medicare program. It is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services federally designated QIO for the state; so the Governing Body provides strategic guidance to the QIO as it works to protect the integrity of the Medicare Trust Fund and improve the quality and safety of healthcare services for Medicare beneficiaries. 

“Dr. Mahajan’s appointment to the Governing Body further demonstrates his commitment to improving healthcare quality,” said Frank Molinaro, chief executive officer at Weiss. “His presence will allow Weiss to hear firsthand the latest best practices in such areas as care transitions and physician quality reporting, which only will enhance our focus on our patient safety and quality improvement.”