• patient safety


    • USF Health is focused on providing the safest care for our patients. To accomplish this goal, we currently employ a robust electronic health records system, known as Epic, to improve patient outcomes. This system allows physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals to determine the best course of care for each individual patient.

  • strategic goals


    • USF Health is a leader in shaping a future that puts the patient at the center of the health care team. Our academic health center’s collaborative approach to education, research and clinical practice adds value to the compassionate patient care we deliver, combining the strengths and perspectives of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, public health professionals, physical therapists, physician assistants and other health professionals.

  • quality improvements


    • USF Health is a proud health care leader in Florida’s southwest region. We use evidence-based medicine, individualized treatment plans and patient safety mechanisms to ensure that our patients have the best outcomes while lowering their costs. Our health care providers are committed to making life better.

Patient Feedback Leads to Practice-Wide Changes with Richard J. Sobieray

July 17, 2017

USF Health constantly engages with the patient. Sobieray says that USF Health shares data on care concerns and processes with the patient in a very transparent way. This strategy allows USF Health to put an action plan together and make appropriate changes that improve the patient experience. https://youtu.be/agI9Vt6s6go  


Electronic Health Records Leads to Practice-Wide Changes with Dr. Charles J. Lockwood

July 17, 2017

Electronic Health Record systems help health care providers communicate and share important patient information. Dr. Lockwood says USF Health has integrated EPIC EHR, which is shared with USF Health’s primary teaching hospital. The system not only allows USF Health to keep accurate information about patients, but it also helps us considerably imp.....


Current State of USF Health with Dr. Edmund Funai

July 17, 2017

Successful business models could help improve patient satisfaction in health care. Dr. Funai says that the health care field needs to learn from other industries to improve themselves and their customers’ expectations. Companies like Disney and Ritz Carlton maximize customer experience, and health care can certainly use a similar approach to adva.....


Dan Vukmer, Senior Associate Dean, Morsani College of Medicine

This will be a very new and interesting venture for USF Health."


Care And Safety

July 31, 2016

Lucy Guerra, MD, on Patient Care

It’s in Dr. Lucy Guerra’s genes to be completely drawn in to the team-based patient care offered at USF Health. Her own Latino heritage includes a close-knit family that is involved in nearly every aspect of life, including each other’s health. Knowing she is living true to who she is, she practices team-based medicine every day, putting her patients first, reinfo.....


July 17, 2017

Karen Bruder, MD, FACOG, guides USF Health into Epic

Karen Bruder, MD, FACOG, was straight out of her medical residency when she saw firsthand the impact data could have on improving patient safety. As an invited member of the patient safety committee at American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Dr. Bruder was privy to national trends for problems and part of the effort to implement change for improvement......


September 30, 2016

Charles Edwards, MD, on Patient Care

Closely huddled by attentive residents and students, USF physician Charles Edwards, MD, performs his daily rounds of patients inside Tampa General Hospital. Dr. Edwards is a hospitalist and as such, he and his team care for hospitalized patients until they are well enough to be discharged. Patient stays range anywhere from 12 hours to many months. Regardless of stay len.....


University of South Florida


“If we could help physicians get patients with atrial fibrillation to long-term normal sinus rhythm, and perhaps increase the ability to take them off blood thinners, it would be a significant improvement. "



University of South Florida


Chief Operating Officer at USF Health, Vice Dean for Administrational at the Morsani College of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Strategic Development at the USF System

You have to take care of the team that provides the care so that they can provide the best care."
USF Health: To envision and implement the future of health.

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