Meet Our Place Founder Dr. Paul Kurtin

Dr. Paul Kurtin teaching yoga to Arc consumersPaul Kurtin, MD, just completed 17 years as Chief Quality and Safety Officer and the Director of the Sadler Center for Quality at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. In this role he was responsible for the design, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of health services for children. This work was acknowledged by the JCAHO with the 2002 Ernest A. Codman Award for the outstanding use of process and outcomes measures for the improvement of clinical care. Dr. Kurtin was also founding medical director of the Child Health Accountability Initiative, a national collaborative of children’s hospitals working together to improve care for hospitalized children and children with special health care needs.

Dr. Kurtin has published two books focused on improving healthcare for children:  “Child Health Services Research: Applications, Innovations, and Insights” and ‘Optimizing Care for Young Children with Special Needs: Knowledge and Strategies for Navigating the System”. His current ‘clinical practice’ is in leading large scale, multihospital clinical improvement efforts including a statewide community of practice of 50 NICUs in California designed to improve care and reduce hospital acquired infections for hospitalized newborns as well as working with 25 Labor and delivery units to reduce mortality and morbidity associated with post-partum hemorrhage.

Dr. Kurtin was the 2009 recipient of the David Bergman Award from the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) for his many contributions to improving the health and healthcare of America’s Children.

Dr. Kurtin is now the founder and medical director of “Our Place”, a wellness center and spa for children and adult with disabilities. A practitioner of yoga since 1968, he teaches yoga classes for children and adults with disabilities including those requiring  wheelchairs.


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