Jackson honored with health policy fellowship

Three Michigan professionals honored with top patient safety fellowship

The Leapfrog Group’s Bruce Bradley Fellowship awarded to seven candidates nationwide

The Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM) is excited to announce that three Michigan professionals are the recipients of the 2017 Bruce Bradley Fellowship, awarded on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, in Washington D.C. by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog group for patient safety and hospital quality of care.

The three Michigan professionals awarded the fellowship are:

  • Bret Jackson, president at Economic Alliance for Michigan
  • Jonathan So, senior director of healthcare at Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Terrisca Des Jardins, MHSA, administrative director at Physician Organization of Michigan ACO

The Bruce Bradley Fellowship is a year-long education and training program sponsored by The Leapfrog Group for corporate-health professionals who want to take an active role in empowering purchasers and employers to steer employees and their families to safer, higher-quality hospitals and health systems.  Fellows will gain expertise in measurement of and advocacy for hospital safety, as well as effective methods of improving quality and costs. After training, Leapfrog expects that fellows will become recognized leaders, looking out for patients and purchasers.

“Bret is the perfect recipient for this award,” said Bernie Swartout, director of compensation and benefits at Ford Motor Company. “His enthusiasm for improving healthcare value and transparency in the State Michigan is second to none and this fellowship will further enhance his knowledge and make him an even stronger advocate.”

“To have three of the seven recipients of this national award from Michigan is a true testament to the talent that lives here,” said Ron Bieber, president at Michigan AFL-CIO.  “Congratulations to Bret and EAM for this deserving award and thank you to The Leapfrog Group for your constant dedication in raising the bar in patient safety.”

“The Detroit Regional Chamber is honored and thankful that The Leapfrog Group awarded Jonathan this opportunity,” said Roy Lamphier, vice president of healthcare and business solutions at Detroit Regional Chamber. “The knowledge he will learn will strengthen the chamber’s understanding of hospital quality of care and bring insight on how to improve conditions in the Detroit area.”

To learn about the Bruce Bradley Fellowship and The Leapfrog Group go to www.leapfroggroup.org.

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