Quint Studer

Commentary

What ails the VA health care system?

On WCOA yesterday, Quint Studer, founder of Studer Group health-care consulting company, talked about what ails the Veterans Affairs health-care system. Studer also shared what changes would help improve the quality of health care for veterans as well as their accessibility to care. Studer testified in Washington, D.C. before the House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee as part of a group of private health-care providers who offered ideas on improving the VA. U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Chumuckla, is chairman of the committee. See that testimony here. Hear the WCOA interview here. This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story

Economy

Registration open for Aug. 20 Studer Institute seminar

The Studer Institute announced that the Aug. 20 “Leadership in the Workplace” seminar is now open for registration. Read full story

News

Mr. Studer went to Washington and here is what he said

Making the VA health system better is a good thing, but that probably shouldn’t be the end goal. “The real question is how do you provide the best care for veterans,” Quint Studer said Wednesday. “And then they should go to the facility that provides the best care.” Studer was part of a panel of industry experts who spoke for more than two hours to the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee as it seeks solutions to “the summer of scandal” as U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller called it. Miller, the Republican from Chumuckla, is chairman of the House committee. Studer appeared on a panel that included hospital executives and industry experts who spoke about successful practices the private sector has used to improve care and efficiencies in health care. That is something Studer is uniquely suited to speak to. The company he founded consults with 900 health care systems in U.S. to do just that. All of the panelists spoke to success that can be found through setting measurable goals that are communication clearly and transparently, encourage clinicians to become partners in the process and to collaborate where collaboration. They also spoke to the importance of improving veterans access to care in non-VA hospitals. “Autonomy does not create high performance,” Studer said. “Standardization and frequency creates high performance.” All of the panelists agreed that asking for more funding alone without taking a serious look at streamlining current inefficiencies is not a good idea. “If people they will get more resources they don’t look at improving processes,” Studer said. He suggested looking at measuring best practices and managing employee turnover first before you look at more resources. Watch the full video here. This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story

Community

District 3 turns out at town hall

Some 230 people filled the reception hall at Brownsville Assembly of God Church tonight to hear from several elected officials and community leaders at a town hall meeting hosted by Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May. At May’s invitation, Quint Studer, owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and businessman and philanthropist; Malcolm Thomas, superintendent of Escambia Schools; David Stafford, Supervisor of Elections; David Morgan, Escambia Sheriff; LuTimothy May, pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church; Ashton Hayward, Pensacola Mayor; Casey Rodgers, U.S. District Chief Judge; and Lonnie Wesley, pastor of Greater Little Rock Baptist Church took questions from the crowd. Progress+Promise editor Shannon Nickinson served as co-moderator. The majority of the questions focused on education issues, from the K-12 level up to workforce training opportunities. One of the hottest topics for Superintendent Thomas was around plans for the district, should the half-cent sales tax be renewed by voters in the fall, that would include building several new schools in the central, west and north and redistricting attendance zones. If you missed the meeting, watch the PNJ’s livestream of it here: This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story

News

Make your voice heard

It’s a chance for government to come to the citizens. Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, that will include a slew of government and community leaders speaking to questions from residents. Guests including faith community leaders, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, Sheriff David Morgan, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and businessman Quint Studer will join May for an open forum discussion on crime, education and neighborhoods. The meeting will be at Brownsville Assembly of God Church in the reception hall, 3100 W. Desoto St., Pensacola, and Progress+Promise editor Shannon Nickinson will co-moderate with May. For more information, contact Commissioner May’s office at (850) 595-4930. If there is a question you’d like to ask and you can’t make the meeting, please leave it in the comments on this post. This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story

Culture

Blue Wahoos Win National Award for Minor League Programs

For the second year in a row, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and their home stadium in downtown have been awarded national recognition—this time for the entire baseball experience the Wahoos provide. Read full story

News

Blue Wahoos bring CMPA big payday

On November 8th, Pensacola’s Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, the Blue Wahoos delivered nearly $500,000 to the Executive Committee of the Community Maritime Park Associates. Listen to an interview on the Cat Pak Morning Show on Cat Country. Read full story

Education

UWF Making a Home for Innovation

UWF's Innovation Institute is bringing community connection to the heart of Belmont-DeVilliers

Pam Northrup is guiding the UWF Innovation Institute to build collaborative, innovative partnerships in the Pensacola community. Read full story

Government

Waiting for good dough: the YMCA and property taxes

Quint Studer has received considerable pushback on his offer to help the YMCA build a new (and revenue-producing) facility at the Maritime Park. Do people in other cities have such a hard time giving away $5 million? Read full story

Culture

Gallery: Winter Wonderland opening night celebration

Thousands turned out Friday for the free opening night of the first annual Winter Wonderland, presented by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Read full story

Community

Bayfront Stadium to host "Soul Bowl" Saturday

The annual cross-town rivalry between two inner-city Pensacola youth sports leagues, known as the “Soul Bowl,” will now be played at the Pensacola’s Bayfront Stadium on October 20, 2012. Read full story

Community

First class of Pensacola Pledge Scholars recognized

This fall, the University of West Florida (UWF) and Pensacola State College (PSC) welcomed 35 Pensacola Pledge Scholars, amounting to approximately $60,000 in scholarship awards. Read full story