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Published on November 24, 2014

Member of Billings Clinic’s first group of Internal Medicine Residents awarded Young Innovator Grant

Billings, MT—  Sindy Byington, MD, Billings Clinic internal medicine resident, has received one of 11 RightCare Alliance Young Innovator Grants awarded by the Lown Institute, a Boston-based think tank devoted to preserving the doctor-patient relationship and ensuring that patients are protected from unnecessary treatment.

The grants, which were open to junior faculty, medical and nursing students, residents and others in the health professions, support programs that help trainees challenge the culture of overuse in healthcare. Dr. Byington was selected from 80 project applications, which included more than 200 individuals from 25 states and the District of Columbia.

The RightCare Alliance (RCA), an initiative of the Lown Institute, is a network of clinicians, patients and community leaders devoted to shifting the culture of medicine from ‘more is better’ to the ‘right care’ for patients by building a grassroots  movement and deploying action-oriented programs. Dr. Byington’s project, named Project Otter, will focus on overuse and duplication of diagnostic testing on the specific population of hospital inpatient transfers to Billings Clinic hospital from Critical Access Hospitals in the region.

“All of us in the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency are so proud that Sindy Byington, a member of our inaugural class, successfully competed for the Lown Institute Grant for young investigators,” said Robert Ficalora, MD, associate director of the residency program, “It will strengthen the relationship between urban and rural physicians in co-managing patient care and advance the organization’s commitment to quality, safety, and value improving patient satisfaction.”

“The Young Innovator Grants support our ongoing work to address critical gaps in medical education,” said Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute. “These grants advance creative ways to address the root causes of overuse by teaching relationship building and compassion as the way to restore the art of healing in the practice of medicine.” The grants are generously funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and recipients will receive up to $7,500 to support project implementation, participation in a national leadership training session this month in Boston, and attendance at the 2015 Lown Institute Annual Conference, Road to RightCare: Engage, Organize, Transform, next March in San Diego.

For a full list of recipients, team members, biographies, project descriptions, updates, and judges, click here. Dr. Byington and the other recipients will be recognized at the 2015 Lown Institute annual conference, titled Road to RightCare: Engage, Organize, Transform.   About the Lown Institute The Lown Institute, a nonprofit, action-driven think tank in Boston, is transforming the culture of medicine by preserving the valued relationship between the doctor and patient, advocating for patients to receive only the medical care they need and want, and removing financial incentives from clinical decision-making. The Institute was founded by renowned cardiologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Bernard Lown, MD, and supports his vision for compassionate, effective health care delivery.

Visit and follow on Twitter at @LownInstitute. About Billings Clinic Billings Clinic, a not-for-profit and community governed organization, is the largest health care system in Montana. Billings Clinic is a physician-led organization, consisting of a multi-specialty physician group practice, a 285-bed hospital, and a skilled nursing and assisted living facility. Billings Clinic, a system that includes regional branch clinics and partnerships with critical access hospitals, serves communities in Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. Billings Clinic is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the only Magnet-designated health care organization in Montana and Wyoming. At its core, Billings Clinic is committed to the highest standards of care for quality, safety, service and value. More information can be found here.


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