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Jay Bhatt

Illinois DO A Leader Toward A Culture Of Patient Safety
Dr. Bhatt recognized on List of National Minority Quality Forum’s
“40 Under 40 in Minority Health Care”

By Andrew P. Peck for ioms.org

jay-bhatt-doA fixture in the Illinois health care community and leader in the quest for maximum patient safety, Jay Bhatt, DO was recently honored by inclusion in National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Care. Dr. Bhatt, a practicing internist for Erie Family Health Center in Chicago, is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the American Hospital Association and President of AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust. He previously served as the Chief Health Officer for the Illinois Health and Hospital Association.

Dr. Bhatt is also President of the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety, where he started a diagnostic error collaborative. He also previously served as Managing Deputy Commissioner and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at the Chicago Public Health Department.

He received an award in connection with the NMQF recognition at NMQF’s 2017 Leadership Summit on Health Disparities in Washington, D.C. in April. Bhatt, born in Chicagoland is of South Asian descent. He said he was pleased to have met so many other health care providers from diverse backgrounds at the NMQF event.

“I think we need to have our healthcare provider community and leadership reflect the face of America,” Dr. Bhatt said. “Not just with regard to race and ethnicity but also respective of gender, and inclusive of rural communities, veterans and LGBTQ. I think these different perspectives are important to bring about better health outcomes at a lower cost.”

Based in Naperville, the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety’s mission is to promote the adoption of best practices by Midwest health care organizations to improve the delivery of safe and quality care to all patients. As its president, Dr. Bhatt said the group provides opportunities for providers to learn from one another as they strive for zero patient safety incidents.

Dr. Bhatt said his osteopathic training has impacted not just how he approaches healthcare delivery but also how he sees the needs of communities.

“The way I approach the work of public well-being is to identify the partners and the stakeholders who could be viable,” Dr. Bhatt said. “A lot of that ability comes from my training as a DO, with different ways of thinking about what is going on with a person, not just about what is wrong with them. That helps the collective good of patients and families and those that are most vulnerable.”

Betsy Mitchell, political consultant for IOMS has worked with Dr. Bhatt for five years on health policy and legislative issues.

“He is truly deserving of the recent award from Minority Quality Forum,” Mitchell said. “He is truly a leader for health care for today and tomorrow. We all benefit from his strong leadership and vision.”