Hosted by The REACH Initiative and Vidant Health Quality Office
East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU
February 6, 2019
The symposium is a showcase of initiatives happening throughout East Carolina University’s Health Sciences Campus and Vidant Medical Center/Vidant Health related to quality improvement, patient safety, population health, and interprofessional practice. The goal of the symposium is to provide academic and community physicians, health professionals, health care teams, residents, fellows, and students the opportunity to present their work in systems improvement and practice redesign to an audience of peers and health system leaders.
James H. Johnson Jr., PhD—William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
James H. Johnson Jr. is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. His research interests include community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty and public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues. Dr. Johnson and Dr. John D. Kasarda coauthored “The Economic Impact of the African American Population on the State of North Carolina" and a study on the economic impact of North Carolina’s Hispanic population. With support from the Russell Sage Foundation, Dr. Johnson published research on the economic impact of Sept. 11 on U.S. metropolitan communities. Currently he is researching the economic and employment impact of white collar job shifts offshore on U.S. competitiveness. Dr. Johnson examines the causes and consequences of growing inequality in American society, particularly as it affects socially and economically disadvantaged youth; entrepreneurial approaches to poverty alleviation, job creation, and community development; inter-ethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies; and business demography and workforce diversity issues. Fast Company profiled him in "Hopes and Dreams." He has published more than 100 scholarly research articles and three research monographs and has co-edited four theme issues of scholarly journals on these and related topics. His latest book is "Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angles." He received his PhD from Michigan State University, his MS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his BS from North Carolina Central University.
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Credit: The Brody School of Medicine of East Carolina University designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Please note, CME credit will not be awarded during the poster viewing session.
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East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU
January 31st, 2018
The Second Annual Unified Quality Improvement Symposium was held on January 31, 2018 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU. The Symposium showcased 39 projects related to quality improvement, patient safety, population health and interprofessional practice from participants from all health sciences schools and Vidant Health, including three student innovation challenge submissions.
With over 160 people in attendance, the symposium provided Health Sciences faculty, residents, fellows, students, and Vidant Health physicians and employees the opportunity to present their quality improvement work to an audience of peers and health system leaders.
Diana Layne, MSN, CPHQ, LSSBB, Clinical Quality, Vidant Medical Center
"A Collaborative Approach to Reducing Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections."
Pooja Sarin, M3, LINC Scholar, Brody School of Medicine
"Reducing the Rates of Newborn Hypothermia by Maintaining Delivery Temperatures of 77F During Cesarean Sections."
Kate Gitzinger, MS, RN, CPNP, Newborn Services, Vidant Medical Center
"Interprofessional Education: A Powerful Tool for Improving Delivery Room Care and Competency."
Meera Patel, M2, LINC Scholar
"Reducing the Rate of Contaminated Blood Draws Coming from the ECU to the Microbiology Laboratory at VMC."
Taj Nasser, M4, LINC Scholar, Brody School of Medicine
"From Bits to Bytes to Reality: Reduction in Patients Who Leave Without Treatment in the Emergency Department by using Computer Simulation to Redesign Nurse Staffing."
Sujitha Nandi, MD, TQA 2.0 Graduate, Department of Internal Medicine
"ECU General Internal Medicine Inpatient Service Discharge before Noon Challenge."
For the second consecutive year, the symposium put out a call for submissions asking learners to describe an innovation that addresses an important need in the healthcare system. Simply put, they were asked to describe an innovation that specifically aims to improve the work life of those delivering care, including clinicians and staff. Three finalists were chosen to present their innovation, and crowd-polling mechanism was used to determine the overall winner of the challenge.
Amber Gautam, M2, LINC Scholar, Ben Mack, M2, LINC Scholar, Chirag Patel, M2 LINC Scholar, Meera Patel, M2 LINC Scholar, and Noopur Doshi, M2, LINC Scholar
"Healing Healers: An Innovation Designed to Improve Provider Wellness in Rural Healthcare Settings."
Holly Pittard, M1, Sanjana Prabbu, M1, Shivani Pandya, Graduate Student, Susan Woody, M1, and Taylor Ingram, Undergraduate Student
"Transferable and Accessible Health Records (TAHR)."
Richard Andresen, M3, LINC Scholar, Christopher Thomas, M3, MET Scholar, Madison Paul, M4, Andrew Obristich, M2, Sejal Shah, M2, Gina Calco, M2
"BurnOn: Addressing Medical Student Burnout through Collaborative Technology."
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Photos from the 2018 Symposium >
Hosted by The REACH Initiative and VMC Quality Office
East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU
March 31, 2017
The symposium is a showcase of initiatives happening throughout East Carolina University's Health Sciences Campus and Vidant Health Greenville Campus related to quality improvement, patient safety, population health, and interprofessional practice. The goal of the symposium is to provide faculty, residents, fellows, students, staff and community physicians the opportunity to present their work in systems improvement and practice redesign to an audience of peers and health system leaders.
View the complete list of the poster and podium presentations.
View the symposium agenda.
If you have any questions about this event, contact Jenna Garris at 252-744-0439 or via email at
Koren Way, Transplant Administrator, Vidant Medical Center
"Fast Pass" to Transplant: Improved Transplant Outcomes through Better Waitlist Management
Amy McMahon, MHA, MSN, RN Nursing Supervisor, Employee Clinic, Vidant Medical Group and Joseph Pye, MD, TQA 2.0 Faculty, Medical Director of Health Informatics, Vidant Health
Vidant Employee Clinic Redesign
George Koromia, MD, PGY-2, Department of Internal Medicine
Improving Post-Admission Medication Reconciliation among Inpatient Providers through Cognitive Feedback: The "Red Dot"
Timothy Barnes, Clinical Manager, Department of Radiation Oncology
Evaluation of the Efficiency of CT-Simulations as a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Strategy to Decrease the Time to Treatment Initiation (TTI) for Radiotherapy Patients
Ciarra Dortche, Social/Clinical Research Assistant, Department of Internal Medicine
Where did all the Patients Go? Engaging the Patient by Improving No-Show Rates: A Team Based Approach
LaShawn McDuffie, RN, MSN, Assistant Nurse Manager, Vidant Radiation Oncology
Development of a Formal Patient Education Delivery and Documentation Process for Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy Treatment
Melissa Peeler, RN, BSN, Rebecca Smith, RN, BSN, and Sarah Tapscott, RN, BSN, ECU College of Nursing DNP Program
Meet PETE: Play, Educate, Train, and Exercise-A health centered app that is designed to encourage Play, Educate and Train youth on healthy lifestyle choices, and promote Exercise.
Zachary Williams, MS3, LINC Scholar, Anthony Mayen, MS3, Ryan Zeigler, MS3, Brody School of Medicine and Christian Cook, D2, ECU School of Dental Medicine
MyHealth INC.-An application designed to empower patients with a rewards based incentive system, integrated with easy-to-use technology to allow patients to easily track health care data.
Alexandria Dixon, MS4, Brody School of Medicine and Kristie Hicks, MPH, East Carolina University
Group Visit Model for Well Child Visits to Improve Anticipatory Guidance, Family Satisfaction and Support, and Resident Education
David Jaimovich, MD - Founder and President of Quality Resources International
Dr. Jaimovich is the Founder and President of QRI, an international healthcare consultancy working with healthcare systems, government agencies, and global pharmaceutical companies on 4 continents. He is the former Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for International Accreditation Services for Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and Joint Commission International (JCI). Dr. Jaimovich is a "hands on" physician executive with over 30 years of experience, a career long commitment to patient centered care and a passion for physician engagement in patient safety and quality improvement. Dr. Jaimovich attended medical school at University Autonoma de Guadalajara Medical School in Guadalajara, Mexico. He completed his residency training in Pediatrics at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, a fellowship at Northwestern University in Pediatrics-Division of Critical Care, and a fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in the Department of Anesthesia-Division of Critical Care.
Photos from the 2017 Symposium >
The symposium is a showcase of initiatives happening throughout our campus and health system related to quality improvement, patient safety, population health, and interprofessional practice. The goal of the symposium is to provide faculty, residents, fellows, students, and staff health system leaders.
To view the photo gallery from the event, click HERE.
For a complete list of the poster and podium presentations,
Jennifer Hepps, MD, FAAP, MAJ, USA, MC-Assistant Director for USU Pediatric Clerkship, Associate Program Director for NCC Pediatrics Residency, General Pediatrician at Walter Reed-Bethesda, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Uniformed Services University
Jennifer H. Hepps, MD is a graduate of Harvard University, attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School after completing the Harris Fellowship in Child Development at Yale University. She completed her pediatric residency training, as well as chief residency, at the National Capital Consortium at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, where she currently practices as a general pediatrician and serves as an Assistant Program Director for the pediatric residency program. Dr. Hepps is also an Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the Co-Director of the Navy Case Review Committee on Child Abuse, and the Director of Resident Continuity Clinics. As a Co-Principal Investigator of the I-PASS Study at the National Capital Consortium, Dr. Hepps contributed to curriculum development, using her experience as a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer to help develop the team-training and simulation components. Dr. Hepps was recognized for her achievements in military medicine with the US Army Commendation Medal in 2010 and 2011.