Committing to improve hospital care, Jason founded 1Unit to help physicians and nurses reorganize themselves into high-performing, patient-centered teams. Combining 20 years’ experience as a hospital physician, teacher, and leader in the field of hospital medicine, Jason invented the ACU® care model. Jason works closely with his global network of physicians and nurses to refine the ACU care model for different settings. At the heart of the ACU care model is Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR® rounds).
This proactive, team-based hospital care model is associated with safer, more effective, and less costly care. Hospital units that switch to proactive care typically observe significant improvements in clinical, cost, service, and educational outcomes.
Academic & professional contributions
Since 2010, Jason and his colleagues have developed the ACU® care model in over 100 hospital units 20+ US states and 4 continents. As a result, ACUs have been set up in a wide range of inpatient units:
- medical, pediatric, geriatric, and cardiology units;
- intensive care, progressive care, long-term acute care, and general surgery;
- neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery units.
From 2007-2014, he served as Director of Quality and Clinical Research in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Emory. At the same time, from 2010-2014, he was Associate Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine
Jason completed medical school at Emory University and his internal medicine residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University (St. Louis). Later, he completed the Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement at Intermountain Health Care. He also served 4 years as Course Director for the Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM) Quality Course and web-editor of the SHM website. Additionally, Jason co-developed SHM’s Mentored Implementation program, winning the John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality 2011.
Recognition of his contributions
Jason was recognized with the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Award for Teamwork in Quality (2010), and again in 2015 for his work on ACUs and SIBR — thus becoming the only person to win the award twice. Jason was selected as an Innovation Advisor to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (2012). Also, he has been recognized by the Washington University School of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine with awards for Excellence in Teaching; Humanitarian Service; Leadership; and Faculty Mentoring.
What matters most
Jason continues to work with hospital care experts worldwide to combine performance principles with action-oriented learning in order to solve a significant global problem: how to make proactive hospital care routine everywhere.