Partnership for Patient Care

The Challenge

With over 1.5 million people living in the city of Philadelphia and nearly 13 million people residing across Pennsylvania, there’s an opportunity to ensure that each of those individuals has access to safe and high quality healthcare. In an effort to advance the care delivered to patients, improve patient outcomes, and support innovations in healthcare, collaboration among healthcare organizations is critical. As cited in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series white paper, the collaborative model serves as a structure for both learning and action by bringing together organizations to work collectively to make real, system-level changes that ultimately lead to improvements in care.

What We Do

Our Solution

Since 2006, the Health Care Improvement Foundation has proudly joined forces with Independence Blue Cross and the region’s hospitals in promoting improvement in the quality and safety of care delivered to patients across Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Partnership for Patient Care (PPC) has represented a groundbreaking collaborative effort among hospitals and health systems, in what is otherwise a very competitive market. PPC accelerates the adoption of evidence-based clinical practices by pooling the resources, knowledge, and efforts of health care providers and partners. HCIF has served as an example of how large-scale, regional collaboration can help achieve advances in quality of care with a broad and lasting impact.

PPC Projects

Leadership Summit

A premier event that convenes healthcare organizations to tackle pertinent quality, safety, and equity priorities while showcasing the PPC programs that address these issues

Health Equity Data Strategy

Bringing together health care organizations across Southeastern Pennsylvania with the common goal of decreasing disparities in health outcomes in our communities

Excellence in Health Care Award Program

One of many ways in which HCIF promotes best practices in health care, patient safety, quality and equity throughout the region

Regional Safe Community

Creates a unique environment for patient safety leaders to learn from safety event experiences and share best practices

Program Impact

More than
Quality and safety collaboratives
Hospital and health system teams have participated in PPC programs
Individual participants
PPC 15 Year Anniversary Report
2023 PPC Infographic

“I have been part of Partnership for Patient Care collaboratives for many years and have found this work to be most valuable. The educational offerings have been well received by my colleagues and the opportunity to showcase their work on performance improvement is both rewarding and inspiring.”

– Eileen Jaskuta, MSHA, BSN, RN, System Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety, Main Line Health, (Vice Chair, HCIF’s Clinical Advisory Committee)

“The Partnership for Patient Care is an innovative collaboration of healthcare providers in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley that improves the health of populations. Fostering communication among organizations, the PPC has brought best practices and opportunities to improve care across the region.”

– Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD, Associate Professor and Director of Healthcare Quality and Safety, Jefferson College of Population Health

“The Partnership for Patient Care (PPC) creates exceptional opportunities for its members to collaborate in a learning community that advances several important aims. PPC develops regional expertise in quality and safety through such programs as Safety Forum and Safe Table. PPC leverages HCIF’s data analytics expertise and its position as a convener of multiple stakeholders to tackle crucial challenges such as health equity.”

– Jeremy Souder, MD, MBA, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Officer, Pennsylvania Hospital, (Chair, HCIF’s Clinical Advisory Committee)

Leadership Summit


The Partnership for Patient Care Leadership Summit serves as a premier event that convenes regional hospitals, health plans, and partner organizations to tackle pertinent quality, safety, and equity priorities while showcasing the PPC programs that address these issues. Features of the Leadership Summit include keynote presentations by national luminaries and innovators in safety, quality, and equity as well as celebrations of HCIF’s Excellence in Health Care Award winners and their teams.


Program Details

For more information contact Pam Braun, Vice President Clinical Improvement, HCIF.

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