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Quality and Patient Safety

PAH Quality & Safety Award Winners

The UPHS Quality and Safety Awards have been a longstanding opportunity for our hospital teams to formally celebrate their achievements in quality and patient safety over a 12 month period. The Award is designed to acknowledge UPHS departments who have exhibited leadership and innovation in activities that ensure high quality clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and cost efficiency.  Winning applications are reviewed and selected by a multidisciplinary committee – there were 100 submissions for 2013 – using a standard scoring methodology. Winning teams were officially awarded at a ceremony in January. Congratulations to all the PAH winning teams!

PAH Quality & Patient Safety Award
Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Re-Engineering Cardiac Cath Lab Patient Flow to Enhance Transitions in Care


Mary Del Guidice, MSN, BS, RN, CENP
Latasha Evans, RN
Marianne Ferreira, RN
Sheldon Goldberg, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Howard Haber, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Danielle Heffner, MHA, BBA
Tonya Johnson, MSN, RN, CCRN
Matthew Martin, RT
Daniel McCormick, DO, CPHQ, CPPS, CNOR
Angel McCullough, MSN, MBA, NE-BC
Scott Midwall, MD
Margo Olivieri, MSN, RN, CCRN
Veronica Pizzuto-DeLuca, BSN, RN
Kristine Renshaw, BSN, RN
Danielle Reynolds, MSN, RN
Sean Rowland, CRNA, MS
JoAnne Ruggiero, MSN, RN
Annaliza Santos, RN
Joan Smith, RN, MEd, MHA 
Kevin Steinberg, MD
Eron Sturm, MD, FACC

PAH Operational Award
Meeting the Measure: Implementing Changes to Meet the Venous Thromboembolism Core Measures

Michael Braffman, MD
Suzanne Brown, MS, RPh 
Dennis Constan, PharmD, BCPS
Dorothy Counts, MA, RN, CPHQ
Meg Dougherty, BSN, MBA, RN
Paris Foerst, BA, RN-BC
Jim Hollingsworth, MSN, RN
Kim Liberatore, MSN, RN, CPHQ
Marian Lord-Gartner, MSN, RN, CPHQ
Shawn Miles, MD
David O’Brien, RN, MSN
John Regan, MSN, BSN, RN
Mina Ricciardelli, PharmD 
Danielle Reynolds, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CNOR
Joan Smith, RN, MEd, MHA
Jessica Stevens, BSN, RNC
Jacqueline von Vital, PharmD, BCPS
Jennifer Yocum, MSN, RNC, CPPS


PAH Honerable Mention
Prevention of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) in a Neurological ICU (NICU) Using a Proactive Approach to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Bundle

Diane Angelos, MSN, RN, CCRN
Charlotte Daniels, BSN, RN
Lindsey Guinther, BSN, RN
Christopher Huot, BA, RN, CNML
Paul Kinniry, MD
Debra Runyan, BS, MT (ASCP), CIC
Maria Vacca, BSN, RN, CIC, PCCN

Quality & Patient Safety Awards

Please join us in congratulating the PPMC winners of this year’s UPHS Quality Safety Awards. The winning projects were chosen based on the skilled use of process improvement tools, measurable results, and financial impact. The competition...Full story

Navigate Your Health … Safely!

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health-care safety. This year’s theme --Navigate Your Health ... Safely -- recognizes the advances made in the patient safety arena while acknowledging the chal...Full story

New Pass Program Helps Keep HUP Safe

As part of its transformation to a patient- and family-centered organization, HUP changed its visitors policy in April 2011 to allow 24/7 visitation.While improving the patient experience,the change presented a challenge for members of Secu...Full story

Closing the Loop on Medication Safety

Errors can occur in any part of the medication process – from prescribing to dispensing. That’s why, for the past several years, UPHS has implemented several measures to help reduce these errors and ensure patient safety. ...Full story

Do You Have An Award-Winning Project?

Each year, the UPHS Quality and Patient Safety Awards recognize departments throughout the Health System that have exhibited leadership and innovation in activities that ensure high-quality clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient s...Full story

Marie Discher Receives PPMC’s Patient Safety Hero Award

The patient was prepped, the instruments were in place, and the entire OR team was ready to begin. Following the script that hangs in every operating room,Marie Discher, the circulating nurse in the OR, started the Time Out, a process compl...Full story

Flip File a Quick Emergency Resource

Bernie Dyer, corporate director of Safety Management, and Kate Fitzpatrick, MSN, CRNP, clinical director of Women’s Health, display the new HUP Emergency Flip File. This new resource contains quick reference and directions for a multitude ...Full story

Physical Therapists Celebrate National PT Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month, and a great time to celebrate the Physical Therapy Teams here at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) and at Penn Center for Rehabilitation and Care (PCRC). We recently welcomed Lisa Crescenti...Full story

First Patient Safety Hero Announced

It’s just another day in the busy ED at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. A patient stops ED nurse Matt Gillespie in the corridor and says the door to the rest room is locked and no one is answering. Matt could just redirect the person in ...Full story

KBC: Improving Quality, Safety and Efficiency

A patient asks her nurse for results of ablood test. Then: The nurse leaves the room to check on the computer at the nursing station. As he’s about to return to the room, he’s called in another direction. The patient waits for the answer....Full story


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