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Guiding Virtues
What Drives Us

The Carolyn J Oliver, MD Center for Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare was dedicated in 2008 with the intent of promoting patient centered care by following four (4) guiding virtues:

Innovation - To be leaders in the field of healthcare delivery, those who do not race ahead will fall behind. Success in effective healthcare delivery requires a two pronged approach. Long standing strategies should be evaluated and implemented and novel concepts should be fostered and explored

Patient empowerment - Multidisciplinary teams are crucial to quality healthcare. Patients and their families are key members of the healthcare team. Only through their cooperation and assistance can true healing take place. Patients and their families must be active members of the healthcare team.

Communication - A well integrated team has effective communication and synergy amongst the members. Clarity is only achieved through questions and an open and honest exchange of ideas and feelings.

Respect - Every effective team or organization is built on these virtues. Physician, nurse, pharmacy technician, transportation assistant, patient and family member are all integral members of the healthcare team. Success is only ensured if all members feel valued and respected.


Our Current Programs

We have joined with PartnerHealth to pilot test their program titled "Safe and Sound." This program is rolling out with the help of the wonderful staff in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and in the John Sealy Hospital Unit 7C.

The Oliver Center promotes healthy lifestyles. We sponsor the UTMB Lunch Bunch where patients can interact with doctors about health topics in a casual setting. Check out one of the videos created with the help of Oliver Center funds.

The Oliver Center awarded Dr. Rana Bonds a one-year grant to test the implementation of a program where patient's are videotaped practicing using their medical devices, sent home with those videos, and reminded regularly to watch them. We hope this expanded patient education will help patients comply with treatment and properly administer their important medications.

In partnership with the Cautious Patient Foundation the Oliver Center helps support audio recording of patient and provider appointments..

digital sound recorder

It began in May 2009, when the Oliver Center provided funding to the Department of Hematology/Oncology to provide digital recorders for UTMB patients who are receiving cancer treatment. Read more...