Charles D. Fraser, Jr. M.D. to present at two prestigious conferences on quality outcomes in pediatric heart diseases

HOUSTON - Oct. 29, 2012 - Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr., surgeon-in-chief of Texas Children's Hospital and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, will speak this October at the Children's Hospital Association (CHA) Executive Dialogue program and again at The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement to explore and discuss the latest strategic imperatives facing pediatric hospitals including a key focus on driving and tracking quality outcomes.

Fraser will be one of three participants included in a panel discussion at the CHA Executive Dialogue program addressing the central tenets of value-based health care delivery, including integration of care, measuring outcomes and primary or preventive care. Fraser's presentation will focus on the example of integrated health care through his development of Texas Children's Heart Center and focus on outcomes measurement in children with heart disease. He will highlight the importance of both integrated care and outcomes measurement as key components to delivering the best possible care to patient families. For more information about Texas Children's Heart Center outcome measurements, visit texaschildrens.org.

The CHA Executive Dialogue program will be held Oct. 30 to 31 in New York and CEOs and senior executives from 43 free-standing children's hospitals throughout the United States will be in attendance.

"By bringing together innovative minds in the field of value based health care, we will be able to collaborate and share best practices to address the changing landscape of pediatric hospitals and the health care system," said Fraser, who is also chief of congenital heart surgery at Texas Children's Heart Center.

In addition to the CHA Executive Dialogue program, Fraser, along with Kathy Carberry, director of the Surgical Outcomes Center at Texas Children's, will also be participating in The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement. This inaugural conference will be held from Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 in Cambridge, Mass.

"Measuring and reporting patient health outcomes are key components to improving and maintaining the best pediatric care," said Carberry. "By providing accurate and timely information online, we aim to help patients and families as well as referring physicians, make the most informed decisions about where they seek care."

This conference will bring together a select group of health care leaders from across the globe that will be sharing best practices for health outcomes measurement and developing strategies for rapidly moving this work forward throughout the world.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.