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Kansas PTN Annual Learning Event features transformation stories from Kansas practices

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Kansas PTN Annual Learning Event features transformation stories from Kansas practices

“We are just beginning our involvement in the PTN – this was an excellent first conference! Thank you!”
- Conference Attendee Evaluation Response

The Kansas PTN Annual Learning Event was a one-day program available at no charge for participating practices of Kansas PTN and was approved for Continuing Education Credits. The event was held October 18, 2017 at the Rolling Hills Zoo and Conference Center in Salina.

The 2017 event featured practice transformation stories from local Kansas practices, including Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, WesleyCare Family Medicine, and Family Health Care Clinic of Lindsborg. Attendees also had the opportunity to speak directly with several community partners including the American Diabetes Association, the YMCA, and Self-Management KS.

Guest panelists Shannell Richardson, RN, ANM, GRN, Christina Smith, RN, Becky McCune, Julie Worcester, BA, RMA, and Karna Peterson, RD, MPH were awarded certificates in recognition of their leadership in the PTN. Certificates featured their practice mission and/or vision statements crafted for their Practice Transformation Plans.

Special presentations were hosted by nationally recognized speakers, including Tom Evans, MD, President and CEO, Compass Practice Transformation Network; Justin Moore, MD, Health ICT; Patricia Meier, MD Regional Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and Kady Reese, MPH, CPHQ, Compass Practice Transformation Network. Additional presentations featured Eric Cook-Wiens, Data and Measurement Manager, Kansas Healthcare Collaborative; and KHC's team of Quality Improvement Advisors.

Click here to see the program brochure (pdf) 

Click here to view presentation materials (pdf)

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(posted October 24, 2017)

Kansas Health Professionals earn patient safety credentials

Eight health care professionals throughout the state of Kansas were recently recognized by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) as Certified Professionals in Patient Safety (CPPS). Their certification is the culmination of a year-long professional development initiative that was made possible through scholarships from Kansas Healthcare Collaborative.

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The eight recipients represent a wide geographic distribution of health care services from Kansas City to Columbus and Newton to Coffeyville. They include individuals who have been active in the Kansas Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN):

  • Michele Clark, MBA, CPHQ, ABC, CPPS, Program Director, Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, Topeka;
  • Tereasa DeMeritt, MHA, MSN, RN, APRN-NP-c, CPPS, Quality Case Management/Social Services, Infection Control, Trauma and Stroke Director, Hospitalist Program, Accreditation Coordinator, Labette Health, Parsons;
  • Kesa Easter, MBA, CPPS, Patient and Family Engagement Coordinator, Quality & Analytics Department, Newton Medical Center, Newton;
  • Niki Griffith, RN, BSN, CPPS, Quality Coordinator/Patient Safety Officer, Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt;
  • Brett Hartkopp, BSN, RN, CPPS, VP Quality & Infection Prevention, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita;
  • Gregg Holt, RN, BSN, CPPS, Manager Med/Surg/OPS, Quality Coordinator, Mercy Hospital, Columbus;
  • Sarah Hoy, RN, BSN, CPPS, Senior Director of Quality Services and Performance Improvement,
  • Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, Coffeyville;
  • Renee Janssen, RN, BSN, CPHRM, CPPS, Director, Risk Management Providence Medical Center/Saint John Hospital, Kansas City.

These health care professionals earned this credential in part by passing a rigorous, evidence-based examination that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application. They are now privileged to use the CPPS credential.

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KHC hires new employees

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The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) announces the addition of two new staff members, Chuck Duffield, Topeka, and Devin June, Derby, to assist with the implementation of KHC’s statewide hospital- and practice-based quality improvement initiatives.

Chuck Duffield, Topeka, joins KHC as a Performance Improvement Manager and will work with KHC's health care quality improvement programs. He is responsible for improvement processes as well as assisting with planning and implementing quality and patient safety programs statewide. Duffield works closely with improvement leaders and teams to provide support and resources leading to successful improvement initiatives.

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