You’re probably aware that membership organizations have struggled in the past few years, and ICSI is no different. For several reasons beyond our control our membership model has become increasingly vulnerable as financial support from ICSI members has declined. As a result, ICSI will cease operation at the end of 2021.
I can’t deny that I share this news with a heavy heart, as ICSI has been a part of my life for a very long time. Perhaps more importantly, we’ve been a vital part of Minnesota’s collaborative healthcare community, advancing evidence-based clinical care, quality improvement and collective action in the state and region.
The good news is that the important collaboratives currently in process will continue, including newer needs that have arisen through the pandemic.
These include efforts in opioid prescribing quality improvement, suicide prevention and intervention, supporting the workforce, telehealth, and a collective effort on racial equity in healthcare, to name just a few. Some may wrap up in 2021, while others will be transitioned to different organizations. A detailed transition plan will be announced on June 30, 2021.
We appreciate everyone who has been part of ICSI in leading health care improvements in our state and our region. My ICSI colleagues I share a tremendous sense of gratitude for the collaborative spirit that has accomplished so much towards solving our toughest healthcare challenges.
There will be more news about our plans for the rest of the year coming very soon. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.
Claire Neely, MD | President & CEO