September 12, 2008
Exploring the Institute for Patient Care

The MGH Institute for Patient Care, housed within MGH Patient Care Services (PCS), is a first-of-its-kind model for advancing multidisciplinary health care. Led by Executive Director Gaurdia Banister, RN, PhD, the institute comprises four separate centers which encompass several key tenets of the PCS commitment to delivering the highest quality health care: professional development, research, innovation and patient education. This fall, the institute will celebrate its one-year anniversary.

The four separate centers – the Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development, the Maxwell and Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center, the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research and the Center for Innovations in Care Delivery – each have a unique focus to advance the institute's mission of developing and promoting multidisciplinary clinical care. With a commitment to fostering professional development among PCS clinicians, the Knight Center offers one of the country's top hospital-based nursing education programs. At the Blum Center, patient and family education is the top priority, and staff are dedicated to helping visitors learn from a trove of health information resources. The Center for Innovations in Care Delivery is an interdisciplinary effort aimed at identifying opportunities for change in clinical practice, evaluating their effect and creating plans for their implementation. At the Yvonne L. Munn Center, leading nurse researchers are working to apply evidence-based research to improve health care delivery and outcomes as well as the nursing practice. Additionally, several other PCS programs are a part of the institute, including collaborative governance, ethics and clinical decision-making, credentialing, workforce development, organizational evaluation, clinical affiliations, the Clinical Recognition Program and the International Visitors Program.

"With a focus on the Institute of Medicine's aims of safe, timely, cost-effective care and the vision of Jeanette Ives Erickson, the institute is uniquely poised to address some of the complex challenges in delivering health care today and in the future," says Banister.

For more information about the institute, contact Banister at (617) 724-1266 or

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