December 18, 2014
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We have a multitude of “stars” at NCH. And at the recent Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 26th annual meeting in Orlando, NCH stars had a major presence, with 58 colleagues attending and the following 40 presenting. Additional authors and a picture gallery of our folks can be found on
Tracy Britto - Something to Talk About:  Medication Education
Angela Devaney - Quality Improvement through Bedside Shift Report
Alicia Dalto - Decreasing Fallouts
Melanie Huber - Educate Before You Medicate
Sarah Horner - Smart Room Stroke Education: Giving Time Back to the RN
Maria Stewart - Exclusive Breast Feeding
Karen Andiorio - Initial Latch
Kevin Turner and Nicole Millich - Stepping up Fall Prevention for the Rehabilitation Patient
Marolyn Heatwole - Implementing New Onset Diabetic Checklist for the Pediatric Patient
Courtney Sargent - Cue Based Feeding for the NICU population
Omar Villarreal - Code Save a Brain Process: Achieving Best Practices to Improve Door to TPA time
Georgine Kruedelbach - Investigation and Management of a Mycobacterium Pacemaker Surgical Site Infection Outbreak in the EP Lab
Theresa Morrison and Jackie Raffaele - Impact of Personalized Re-education with Nurses Caring for Central Lines
Debra Harper - Implementation of Evidenced Based Practice for Glycemic Control:  Did It Make a Difference at our Hospital?
Susan Reilly - Decrease Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers Stage II and Greater (HAPU 2+)
Ann Mellema and Hope Goodwin - Sepsis Irradiation:  It Takes a Team
Carolyn Smith - Will Implementation of Daily Chlorhexidine Gluconate Baths and Showers Result in Decreased Central Line Bloodstream Infections in Neutropenic Patients?
Katie Matthews - Fall Reduction: Total Joint Replacement Population
Carolina Gibertoni - Focus on Falls
Debra Taylor - M E D S Medication Education Direct and Simple
Mike Miller - CHG use for In-house Elective Surgery
Kandra Boyd - Multidisciplinary Handoff Communication in Behavioral Health
Susan Greiner and Debora Sousa-Van Veen - Multiple Variables Impact Outpatient Visit
Richard Jameson and Sarah Bell - Hematoma Rate Reduction
Terry Ceballos - Improving Mandatory Compliance
Nancy Shafer - Decreasing Creatinine Turnaround Time in the ED
Lauren Blagg - Getting It Right at the Point of Care
Lindsey Bates - Basal Bolus Glycemic Control Program Electronic Orders Management
Barb Bixby - Improving Safety in the Workplace: Code Grey Success
Lois McSweeney and Jennifer Coen - Innovations in Case Management
Lisa Davis and Sarah Killinger - Improving the Timeliness and Accuracy of ECHO Reports
Marta Toledo - Recognizing an infection when you meet one in the Wound Healing Clinic

We are fortunate that our NCH constellation is flooded with similar stars.  As our colleagues return from IHI enthused with new skills and knowledge, which they will be sharing with the rest of us, we will improve not only our own competence but also the health and wellness of all in our community.

Allen S. Weiss, M.D., President and CEO

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