About – Partners in Improvement

Partners In Improvement is the ultimate health care partner for the practice management of your Emergency Medicine department. With more than 30 years of experience and a full range of services, we will assist you and your practice in efforts to increase patient satisfaction, improve productivity, innovate in resource utilization and improve the overall financial performance of the EM department.

For more information, see Daniel Kirkpatrick’s Curriculum Vitae and Bio.

We are physician-focused. We work side-by-side with existing physician and nursing teams to take their practice to the next level.

Utilizing sophisticated analytics, intelligent technology and extensive healthcare expertise, our solutions support and develop emergency medicine personnel to new levels of excellence.

Does your EM group lack the resources necessary to keep your hospital competitive in today’s marketplace?

Does it lack the adequate infrastructure to meet goals?

Do you have a contract with a large contract vendor whose vision is not aligned with the hospital or the physicians it employees?

We are a group of highly seasoned emergency management business professionals with a talent for making emergency medicine practices maximally successful. Utilizing state-of-the-art practice management tools and savvy, you retain your current group and enrich it with the benefit of professional coaching and improvement management. Your goals ARE our goals.


We work with the Leadership Team to project resource needs and incorporate them into an operating budget. Customized reporting is available to provide monthly variance reporting against actual performance.

Utilizing your data, we overlay staffing capacity on patient demand (arrivals by acuity). Staffing alternatives are provided as a result and will reflect patient velocity variables and resource variables (MLPs, Scribes, etc.)

We provide you with structured Patient Experience Practice Management Plans utilizing clinician-specific survey reports. Client satisfaction is surveyed in order to identify and quantify areas for improvement.

We work with our clients to align compensation with goal achievement (e.g. productivity, client goals, group goals, etc.). Programs require updates as the group matures and adopts new practice patterns. We will provide analysis reflecting bonus programs vs. concurrent incentive program. For payroll, we will utilize a direct download from scheduling software to populate and calculate payroll methodology. ( Outsourced payroll and/or scheduling services.)

Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE); developed through Dashboard metrics and a clinician coaching methodology utilizing peer review feedback. Exceedingly effective for new clinician on boarding.