Creating Exceptional Physician-Nurse Dyads: Using Collaborative Partnerships to Raise the Standard of Care and Improve the Overall Patient Experience

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Team-based health care delivery is the foundation where health care transformation is based. Successful physician-nurse dyads are an effective method for ensuring the delivery of integrated and coordinated care. Presenters Alan J. Conrad, MD, a practicing primary care physician and medical director at Palomar Health in San Diego County, and Tracy Duberman, PhD, CEO and founder, The Leadership Development Group, Inc., share the story of one health system's journey to creating collaborative partnerships through a dyad activation process that raised the standard of care and improved the overall patient experience.

The session offers a case study focusing on Palomar Health's journey through an applied physician leadership academy that included physicians, nurse leaders, and administrators to drive alignment and facilitate a team-based care approach. The session highlights one of the dyad activation projects titled "No Physician Rounds Alone," which was designed for one unit and later leveraged across the organization. Results of the partnership activation project included enhanced physician/nursing collaboration and improved patient, physician and employee engagement.

About Palomar Health
Palomar Health, a California Health Care District health system covers an 850-square mile area and is the largest hospital district in California. It includes the 288-bed Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, 319-bed Palomar Health Downtown Campus in Escondido and 107-bed Pomerado Hospital in Poway. Palomar Health provides a full spectrum of health services, with state-of-the-art hospitals, birth centers, rehabilitation, sub-acute and long-term care centers, plus home health care and hospice services. The mission of Palomar Health is to heal, comfort and promote health in the communities we serve. For more information, visit

About the The Leadership Development Group
The Leadership Development Group (TLD Group) is a nationally recognized healthcare leadership development firm specializing in executive and physician leadership assessment & coaching, group leadership development and organizational development consulting. TLD Group offers ground-breaking executive and physician leadership programs to prepare leaders to become change agents in their organizations. To learn more about The Leadership Development Group's Physician Leadership programs visit