September 2016 - Issue 2
Welcome to our quarterly e-newsletter focused on Battelle Healthcare Colloquium member news and the latest information to help you meet your organization’s heart failure care goals.
The Colloquium transforms healthcare organizations by improving patient outcomes through heart failure accreditation. Our membership comprises adult and pediatric hospitals, 12 of which have top pediatric cardiology programs as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. We unite communities, hospitals, clinicians, and science, utilizing coaching-based methods to enable hospitals and healthcare organizations to meet their heart failure care goals.
If you have suggestions for the newsletter, or would like to learn more about heart failure accreditation, contact us today.
You can't take care of emergency preparedness twice a year and be done with it. It isn't a routine appointment. Rather, emergency preparedness is an ongoing analysis of vulnerabilities. And like the seasons, they are always changing.
The No. 1 priority for healthcare professionals is to achieve the best possible patient outcomes—including keeping your patients and colleagues safe in clinical and home environments. However, unexpected natural disasters, acts of terrorism or disease outbreaks can derail this goal. This National Preparedness Month, take one minute per day to consider each of the following healthcare organization emergency preparedness tips.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized a new emergency preparedness rule to increase patient safety and establish consistent and coordinated emergency preparedness requirements. Learn how Battelle Emergency Preparedness and Response can help your healthcare organization meet these requirements, and check out the second part of this blog series on home and community emergency preparedness tips.
You're the owner of a pizza joint and want to improve timely delivery of pizza. Before diving in, ask yourself: What are you trying to accomplish? How will you know a change is an improvement? What change can you make that will result in an improvement? These fundamentals of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement(IHI)'s Model for Improvement can be applied to any improvement initiative.
Every day, quality improvement consultants at the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence (the Anderson Center) present these same questions to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati Children's) clinical teams. Established in 2010, the Anderson Center aims to dramatically expand Cincinnati Children's work in quality improvement (QI). During the past six years, John Lynn Jefferies, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACC, Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Services at Cincinnati Children’s, has worked closely with the Anderson Center's James M. Brown, Senior Quality Improvement Consultant on a significant condition outcomes improvement (COI) project objective: Improve clinical outcomes of Cardiomyopathy Clinic pediatric patients within the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's.
Prior to 2010, no formal cardiomyopathy program existed at Cincinnati Children’s. Today, with over 5,000 pediatric and adult patients, the program is one of the largest in the country, receiving 10-15 new referrals every week. Utilizing IHI's Model for Healthcare Improvement, including Plan-Do-Study-Act, Dr. Jefferies and Brown have learned the following while striving to meet their project objective.
The Advanced Heart Failure Clinic within the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s was the first to be accredited by the Battelle Healthcare Colloquium and has served as a benchmark for subsequent pediatric heart failure programs seeking accreditation. Dr. Jefferies serves as the Colloquium's Medical Advisor, supporting membership by providing clinical expertise in heart failure program improvement, hospital quality issues and other healthcare improvement initiatives as needed.
Are you a Colloquium member? Watch the CardioConnect webinar on this topic on the Member Portal.
Due to medical advancements, children with congenital and chronic heart disease are experiencing increased life expectancy. While this translates to greater potential for meaningful, productive lives, it also means there is an increased need for transitioning patients into adult-centered care.
But the process of moving patients from a pediatric to an adult system comes with challenges. Many patients experience a lack of structured transition preparation and delayed or inappropriate care, leading to undue emotional and financial distress on patients, their families and healthcare systems. This is why Children's of Alabama developed a patient-centered transition program specifically for pediatric heart transplant patients.
Using GotTransition.org as a primary resources, Children's of Alabama tailored its program to the needs of young adults using the six core elements of healthcare transition. Transition of care typically takes place at 19 years old, with the exception of patients who recently underwent transplant surgery, have an acute condition, or are experiencing a major life change, and transition preparation begins between the ages of 12 and 14.
Through the development of this program, Children's of Alabama learned to prioritize four goals for patient care.
A Battelle Healthcare Colloquium member hospital, Children's of Alabama continuously strives to improve heart failure patient outcomes. Ongoing transition program goals include improved evaluation of transition checklists, implementing post-transition follow up assessment, expanding transition program to include all pediatric cardiology patients and incorporating inpatient care.
The No. 1 priority for healthcare professionals is to achieve the best possible patient outcomes—including keeping your patients and colleagues safe in clinical and home environments. However, unexpected natural disasters, acts of terrorism or disease outbreaks can derail this goal.
This National Preparedness Month, take one minute per day to consider each of the following home and community emergency preparedness tips. This is the second part of a series. For healthcare organization emergency preparedness tips, read part one.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized a new emergency preparedness rule to increase patient safety and establish consistent and coordinated emergency preparedness requirements. Learn how Battelle Emergency Preparedness and Response can help your healthcare organization meet these requirements. For 15 emergency preparedness tips on keeping patients and colleagues safe in clinical environments, check out the first part of this blog series.
We are proud to announce the Battelle Healthcare Colloquium Member Portal officially launched this month. The Member Portal is a one-stop shop for heart failure accreditation resources, members-only webinars and member news. All member healthcare organizations have exclusive access.
There is an authentication code (unique to each member healthcare organization) you will need to register for an account. Your healthcare organization's Heart Failure Leadership Team should have received this information, but if you did not receive it or do not have access, please contact the Colloquium team.
Once you are registered, bookmark the Member Portal login page for easy access to resources, including Heart Failure Accreditation Milestones, CardioConnect Webinars,Discussion Forum, Membership Directory, Blog, Quarterly Beat Newsletter and Box Login. Use Edit Profile to update your Membership Directory profile.
Contact Sara Wilson if you have any questions, suggestions or if your healthcare organization is not a member and you are interested in the Colloquium.
Battelle Healthcare Colloquium recognizes a Heart Failure Nurse Maven recipient annually, celebrating accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of heart failure patient care. The Colloquium received many quality applications from across the country this year, and we're proud to announce the 2016 Heart Failure Nurse Maven Award recipient is Lisa Ciambra, RN, CVNC of OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.
Lisa’s dedication to heart failure patient safety, utilization of evidence-based practice, and relationship with patients and their families exemplifies what it means to be a Heart Failure Nurse Maven. She is an inpatient Heart Failure Educator and Staff Nurse in the outpatient Heart Failure Clinic at Grant. The Heart Failure Clinic is located adjacent to Grant in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
"I transitioned into the Heart Failure Clinic 16 years ago and absolutely love it. My team strives to decrease hospital readmissions and positively impact the heart failure population every day, and I am very proud to say that I am a Heart Failure Nurse Maven," said Lisa.
This year's Nurse Maven Award Panel comprises heart failure nurses from four Colloquium member hospitals. Panelists included Marena Arnold, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, CHFN, Heart Failure Coordinator, Advanced Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana; Frances Greaves, BSN, RN, Regional Heart Failure Coordinator at CHI Franciscan Health; Meloneysa Hubbard, MSN, CRNP, CCTC, Director of Heart Transplant Services at Children's of Alabama; and Kelley D. Miller, CRNP, The Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We appreciate our panel for contributing their talents and time to select a deserving recipient.
The Colloquium will celebrate Lisa with an award ceremony and reception at Battelle in October. For more information about the Colloquium Heart Failure Nurse Maven Award, contact Sara Wilson.
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