Eric Hume, MD, is the Director of the Quality and Safety Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Perelman School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, and Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He started as a clinician committed to quality, and has found opportunities to formalize concepts into evidence base safe processes shared across the service line. He has grown an interdisciplinary group of likeminded clinical and non-clinical colleagues from doing informal work aimed at lowering perioperative risk for hip and knee arthroplasty patients to managing two large hip and knee bundles, BPCI and IBC, across Penn Medicine campuses, and developing orthopaedic surgery department wide quality and safety culture. This early informal work led to his appointment as Orthopaedic Surgery Director Quality and Safety. The group is able to more formally develop structure to support key bundle work such as readmission risk mitigation.
Most satisfying to him are the career growth of members of outcomes group over this time and the realization that improving quality and safety, leads to less expensive care within a bundle structure.