Fall 2018

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Quality officers Lane Donnelly and Karen Frush.
Steve Fisch

Quality of care

Patients may get a bit apprehensive when they’re planning a stay in the hospital, but Lane Donnelly and Karen Frush want local residents to know they’re in good hands when they come to Stanford Medicine.

Donnelly, MD, is the chief quality officer for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and Frush, MD, is the chief quality officer at Stanford Health Care. Both hospitals have been repeatedly ranked among the best health care providers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and other organizations. One of the key factors in these rankings is the quality of care the hospitals deliver.

Both hospitals have earned reputations for providing the highest levels of care to the most acute patient populations in the nation, and Donnelly and Frush say they are working with their teams to build new quality initiatives on the hospitals’ strong foundations.


"It’s not sterile expanses of white walls. We’re trying in every way we can to not have it feel like a hospital."

Mary Leonard, MD, professor and chair of pediatrics, on the new main building for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital .

Boston Globe, Aug. 11 

“These glasses are perfect for something like this, they’re able to provide real-time feedback.”

Dennis Wall, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, on his research that found an app connected to Google Glass could help children with autism better understand facial expressions.

ABC News, Aug. 2

“There’s been all this awareness on opioids but very little focus on benzodiazepines and yet people are dying from them.”

Anna Lembke, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on the rising number of prescriptions for a class of sedative drugs known as benzodiazepines.

NBC News, July 27

"We’ve made big advances in emergency care by having some basic standardized approaches to emergencies. That’s what we’re bringing to maternity care now.”

Elliott Main, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, on California’s efforts to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth.

NPR, July 29