Framework Published for National Multicenter Collaborative Effort to Improve Cardiovascular Care for Patients

Cardiovascular Quality Improvement and Care Innovation Consortium committed to robust study of cardiovascular patient care improvement

MINNEAPOLIS – Jan. 18, 2021 The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) announced today a publication outlining the inception of the Cardiovascular Quality Improvement and Care Innovation Consortium (CV-QUIC), a collaboration between fifteen (eight original and seven expansion sites committed to the consortium) health centers from across the United States. Significant gaps exist in the quality of cardiovascular care despite decades of improvement efforts. Current strategies to address these gaps are limited in scope to specific clinical conditions and are not generalizable or scalable across diverse health networks. Documenting progress from initial concept to a national multicenter collaboration in less than 12 months, the CV-QUIC is well positioned to accelerate better patient outcomes on a national level. The initiative is shared in “Frontiers in Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes” in the January 2021 edition of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

“Tremendous opportunities exist to advance the quality and value of cardiovascular care for patients and this collaborative group of health systems and researchers are committed to sharing learnings that are generalizable and scalable,” said Steven M. Bradley, MD, MPH, cardiologist and researcher at MHIF, lead author of the publication and original researcher involved in spearheading the CV-QUIC. “Many healthcare organizations are engaged in efforts to improve healthcare quality and value and we know that collaboration across organizations will increase the rate of dissemination and implementation of this work. Through this collective effort we hope to serve as the home for pragmatic development and evaluation of novel approaches to cardiovascular care delivery.”

Researchers involved in the consortium are aligned around the reality that health systems need care delivery solutions tailored to the local environment for higher quality care. The CV-QUIC will provide a framework to develop, implement and rigorously evaluate care delivery innovation that can be scaled across health care systems. The collaborative vision is to rapidly improve cardiovascular care by:

  1. Developing, implementing and evaluating multicenter quality improvement projects using innovative care designs;
  2. Serving as a resource for quality improvement and care innovation partners; and
  3. Establishing a presence within existing quality improvement and care innovative structures

“We are proud to have the vision of Dr. Bradley, one of our leading cardiology researchers with expertise in health quality, partnering with renowned colleagues from across the country to improve care on behalf of all patients living with cardiovascular disease,” said Kristine Fortman, PhD, MHIF CEO. “The collaborative and transparent approach of this consortium represents the willingness of thought leaders in health care delivery to work together to identify and implement health care improvement strategies that can be customized to the needs of local health systems and work toward improving outcomes for all patients.”

As referenced in the CV-QUIC publication, Dr. Bradley has been involved in health improvement and care innovation projects such as using time-defined, electronic heart record embedded telemetry that reduced monitoring time, reduced variation in the use of sternal plating after sternotomy that achieved cost reductions and preserved clinical outcomes, and length-of-stay impact associated with insufficient initial diuretic dosing. Dr. Bradley also is actively involved with the Minneapolis Heart Institute® electronic medical record data and national cardiology registries, which are analyzed to improve population health, reduce per capita costs and improve patient experience. He is a nationally recognized and published expert in healthcare quality improvement.


Participating Members and Centers

  • Steven M. Bradley, MD, MPH; Pam Rush, RN – Minneapolis Heart Institute® Healthcare Delivery Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Allina Health
  • Ty J. Gluckman, MD – Providence St. Joseph Health
  • Umesh N. Khot, MD – Cleveland Clinic
  • Sandeep R. Das, MD, MPH, MBA – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Health and Hospital System
  • Kannan Mutharasan, MD – Northwestern Medicine
  • Joseph Ebinger, MD, MS – Cedars Sinai
  • Abhinav Goyal, MD, MHS; Divya Gupta, MD – Emory
  • Michael Ho, MD, PhD; Andrew E. Levy, MD, MS – University of Colorado
  • Andrew E. Levy, MD, MS – Denver Health and Hospital Authority
  • William Borden, MD – George Washington University
  • Joy Gelbman, MD – New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Srinath Adusumalli, MD, MSHP – University of Pennysylvania
  • Satya Shreenivas, MD – Christ Hospital Health Network
  • Amit Amin, MD, MSc – Washington University in St. Louis, Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • William E. Downey, MD – Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute and Atrium Health


About Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation®

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) strives to create a world without heart and vascular disease. To achieve this bold vision, it is dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education.

Scientific Innovation and Research – MHIF is a recognized leader across all specialties of heart and vascular research. Each year, MHIF leads more than 200 research studies with more than 2,200 patients and publishes more than 200 articles to share learnings from research. MHIF research has improved the standard of care around the world through protocols like Level One for heart attack, which significantly improved outcomes and survival for patients.

Education and Outreach – MHIF provides more than 10,000 hours of education each year putting its research into practice to improve outcomes among health care providers. This commitment extends to patients and caregivers through a number of community health and education events to raise awareness of heart care and research, engaging individuals in their own health.

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s work is funded by generous donors and sponsors and engages in cutting-edge research initiatives with its physician partners from the Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and at 38 community sites across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For more information, please visit

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