The Kellogg Eye Center and Michigan Medicine recently welcomed eye hospital leaders from around the globe as the World Association of Eye Hospitals (WAEH) brought its annual meeting to the U.S. for the first time.
Almost 150 ophthalmologists and top-level administrators from six continents participated in the four-day annual meeting, organized by Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology Administrative Director Donna Donato and Professor Christine Nelson, MD.
Kellogg was the first U.S. hospital to join the WAEH in 2015. Since then, more than 12 other US centers have joined the WAEH. While there were meeting sessions devoted to clinical practice and research, the agenda included topics related to building, growing and managing a premier eye center, including administration, operations, patient safety, tele-ophthalmology, workplace culture, philanthropy and fundraising, staff development, finance and more. A significant discussion about enhancing patient safety, particularly during cataract surgery, was led by Professor James Bagian, MD, PE, of the Michigan College of Engineering, and colleagues from the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and the Singapore National Eye Center.