Hospitals join the Colloquium and participate as members. As a hospital membership organization, the Colloquium provides a framework for multiple hospitals to focus their efforts on heart failure building upon a broad transdisciplinary base. Experts within the member hospitals provide unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge and experience about heart failure.
Each hospital in America is faced with formidable challenges. The challenges are in fact rather similar but are influenced by local and regional factors. It makes sense for hospitals seeking pre-eminence to find a way to share knowledge and experience as they work through the challenges. Heart failure is such an arena. As the number one reason for hospital admission, heart failure plays increasingly important role in the health of the hospital. With a burgeoning population of people afflicted with heart failure and serious reductions in reimbursement, new ways to approach an old disease are needed. At the Colloquium we believe that experts working with experts within an organized framework can lead the way.
The organized framework of the Colloquium is reproduced across the entire country. Each member hospital has a defined core heart failure leadership team (HFLT).Â Any heart failure coordinator has access to multiple other coordinators that are only a click away. The networking is invaluable. It saves time and effort â and is often a âfast trackâ to getting an answer or meeting a pressing need. Physician directors, administrators, and milestone team leaders all enjoy this membership service. The Colloquium functions essentially as a âKnowledge Organizationâ when operating in this mode. There is no issue that someone in the Colloquium cannot bring forward expertise.
The Colloquium operates two 24/7 Internet meeting channels for the membership. In addition to planned monthly webinars, member hospitals provide ideas to further develop the notion of a self-governing hospital membership based accrediting body. Two newer entries include the Colloquium hosted but member facilitated Heart Failure Roundtable which is an open discussion of a heart failure hot topic by an expert with open lines for the membership. Another example if the launch of the Heart Failure Resource Nursing Rounds which focuses on the needs of the bedside heart failure nurse. Connecting the dots between members is a way of life at the Colloquium.
Other membership activities have developed naturally out of the relationships between members. Site visits are available. One-on-one web meetings are growing in popularity. Workgroups are emerging to further develop and refine the various milestones. A National Heart Failure Database is being developed. The Colloquium has truly tapped into the power of the many â but it is focused, purposeful, and committed. There is a remarkably high level of enthusiasm among Colloquium member hospitals along with the desire to share with others. The work is hard. The hours can be long. But the goal is worthwhile and meaningful. Each member has the opportunity to be part of something larger than themselves and contribute in a meaningful way to improving the lives of those with heart failure and their families.