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How does one visionary see the future of health care?

By the numbers.

Wendy RheaultNational trends, new models of care and other forces are driving the evolution of health care and the study of population health management. Rosalind Franklin University is employing the power of metrics to track performance in relation to our institutional goals and aspirations.

As provost and visionary expert on interprofessional education, Dr. Wendy Rheault is leading this effort to align RFU’s priorities with the nation’s anticipated healthcare needs through the sheer, undeniable strength in those numbers.

Her insights are helping align how we teach, train and professionally develop our students with the nation’s Triple Aim of improving healthcare costs, quality and outcomes.

Numbers reveal an impressive story that’s unfolding now at Rosalind Franklin University.

How did one doctor take on the challenge to make pro football safer?

He tackled it.

Michael Koredecki In 2008, Dr. Michael Kordecki (DPT ’03), physical therapist and former pro football athletic trainer, took part in a panel on spinal injuries. After hearing horrifying accounts of on-the- field injuries, participants were left with one thought, “Somebody has to design better equipment.”

As an expert in emergency care of cervical spine injuries, Dr. Kordecki took this as a personal challenge and designed a game-changing shoulder pad technology used today by many professional teams that allows fast, life-saving, on-field access to chest and airways.

We’re not surprised. Like our namesake, whose discovery led to the single most important advance of modern biology, Rosalind Franklin University is leading the way through our pioneering model of interprofessional healthcare education and the study of population health management.

Our researchers, educators, students and graduates take on the challenges of the future every day.

What did one doctor discover during the Ebola crisis?

Herself.

Kwan Kew LaiWhen Dr. Kwan Kew Lai (MD ’79) left to treat patients during an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, she wasn’t sure what she would find.

She found pain, loneliness, fear and death, but she also discovered a new inner strength. Her training as an infectious disease expert, paired with veteran experience in international aid, meant she could make a difference.

Like Dr. Lai, Rosalind Franklin didn’t know what she would find when she captured “Photo 51.” Yet that image led to the single most important advance of modern biology — the discovery of the structure of DNA. At her namesake university, we pioneered the model of interprofessional healthcare education, and today we are at the forefront of the study of population health management.

We proudly embrace the spirit of discovery by taking those first steps on paths unknown.