July 11, 2011 10:00 ET

Advocate Christ Medical Center Supplements Professional Development of Physicians With Sg2's Training Program

Results-Oriented Curriculum Empowers Physicians to Assume Expanding Leadership Role

SKOKIE, IL--(Marketwire - Jul 11, 2011) - Sg2, a health care intelligence and information services company, today announced a multiyear educational partnership with Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital, both located in Oak Lawn, IL, for their Physician Management Institute (PMI) tailored training program. The 690-bed premier teaching institution is part of Advocate Health Care, one of the nation's leading health care networks.

As health care reform continues to prompt increased accountability and changing payment incentives, the role of the physician will continue to expand. Physician executives who build their leadership skills will be better positioned to effectively lead their medical staff and enable their organization to achieve long-term strategic goals. In expectation of these changes, Advocate Christ Medical Center has instituted a strong complement to its current leadership development program. Through the PMI, Advocate Christ Medical Center physicians will participate in customized Sg2 educational sessions on relevant topics, including the evolving role of the physician in the reform era, providing effective communication, leading teams and changing management strategies. Additional group projects and Advocate Christ Medical Center events, such as strategic planning retreats and departmental goal-setting sessions, will allow physicians to put their new skills to immediate use.

Under the direction of Sg2 physician faculty, the tailored curriculum includes quarterly educational sessions, interactive case studies, on-demand Web seminars and other resources. Discussions on how physicians operate and lead -- particularly compared to administrative leaders -- will provide insight into how to bridge that gap, especially in today's changing marketplace. Throughout the program, Advocate Christ Medical Center has the option to incorporate its advanced analytics from Sg2's proprietary 10-Year Impact of Change® demand forecast and the Sg2 INSIGHT Clinical Performance Management System into course exercises to help identify growth and performance opportunities.

The 4-year program includes training 120 physicians, and 15 selected physician leaders will receive one-on-one mentoring. "Advocate Christ Medical Center has a true partnership with its physicians -- we know our success depends on their professional and personal development. The PMI curriculum not only mirrors our unique needs, but speaks to the expanding role of the physician leader in the light of reform," says Advocate Christ Medical Center Vice President of Human Resources Robin Fell. "Sg2's highly respected experts have the ability to present today's relevant concepts in the context of the physician's world, allowing for a candid, dynamic atmosphere for learning."

William Adair, MD, interim vice president of Clinical Transformation at Advocate Christ Medical Center, is a longtime champion of enhancing physician leadership. "This is an exciting time; today's national health care priorities require physicians to be more engaged and part of the solution. The Sg2 program will not only educate our physicians about business, but will also teach skills that affect process change across the entire continuum of care."

"Advocate Christ Medical Center understands that value delivered across the System of CARE will continue to be the new basis for success in health care. Organizations driven by strong physician-hospital relationships provide better quality care at a lower cost. Sg2's tailored approach to physician education aligns with Advocate Christ Medical Center's ongoing professional development and quest for excellence in the reform era," says Sg2 President Steve Lefar. "As the role of the physician leader evolves, our faculty will incorporate case studies, clinical analytics and leadership concepts into real-life scenarios, which demonstrate how to affect change and improve outcomes."

CARE = Clinical Alignment and Resource Effectiveness.

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About Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital
Advocate Christ Medical Center is a 690-bed, world-class teaching and research institution. Part of Advocate Health Care, which is one of the nation's leading health care networks, Christ Medical Center trains some 400 residents, 600 medical students and 800 nursing students annually. Its medical staff, a team of more than 1,000 physicians, represents 60 specialties and subspecialties. Christ Medical Center is internationally recognized and has achieved clinical leadership in cardiology, cardiac surgery, heart and kidney transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, surgical services, women's health and emergency medicine. The campus' emergency department and Level I trauma center -- the largest Level I trauma center in a 12-state region of the Midwest -- serve some of the most severely ill and critically injured patients in Illinois and Indiana, providing care for more than 86,000 emergency patient visits each year. Christ Medical Center also is home to the heart and vascular, cancer, neurosciences and bone and joint institutes, which offer some of the most innovative treatment available. Located on the same campus is Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, a state-of-the-art pediatric medical facility that provides high- quality, specialized care in a setting dedicated to helping children heal. In 2011, Hope Children's Hospital was ranked among the top 50 children's hospital nationally in cardiology and heart surgery by US News and World Report. Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Medical Center and is among only a small group of US hospitals that have twice earned Magnet designation. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession. For more information about Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital, log on to

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