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Leadership Academy Scholar Projects


2020-2021 Scholar Projects

Name Project Title
Anushree AhluwaliaTime to Antibiotic Administration in the JHH Adult ED
Veronica Amaya Reducing Falls on a Med-Surg Unit 
Karissa ArthurImproving Calorie Counts in the Neuroscience Units
Eric BalighianImproving Interpreter Use for Newborn Blood Tests
Sondra BoatmanSaving Our Skin: Pressure Injury Prevention
Audrey ChanImproving Hero Review Processes on the eCUSP Team
Sharon CorneliusCode Cart Restock Error Reduction Project
Katie Deemer Improving Non-technical Skills in Trauma Resuscitations 
Rimsky DenisReducing TAVR Readmissions
Gurmehar Singh DeolDecreasing Time to Admit Order
Judy GreengoldCare Continuity in the Era of Physical Distancinga
Nima Hafezi NejadReducing duplicative CT and ultrasound imaging for abdominal pain on medical floor
Cherilyn HallAlternative blood pressure follow-up to improve hypertension control in a large suburban primary care office
Dustin HansenReducing Contaminated Blood Draws in the Pediatric ICU
La'Tai JenkinsImproving Scheduling Process for Stroke Patients in Outpatient Multidisciplinary Clinic
Samuel KalaminskyReduction of Non-Formulary Missing Medications Dispensed from JHH Central Pharmacy
Kimberly KeysMissing Surgical Specimens
Britni KoppImproving Reporting Culture in an Ambulatory Clinic
Jennifer LeeReducing Air Entrainment Events for Pediatric Patients on ECMO
Rachel LeeIntroducing a Culturally Diverse Food Option, Korean Seaweed Soup, to MCU and L&D Patients
Lauren McDanielImproving Hospitalized Patient Sleep by Minimizing Unnecessary Nighttime Interruptions
May MendozaIncrease PSA Coverage in Dept of Surgery
Thomas MetkusImproving reporting of critical electrocardiograms
Carlie MyersImproving Medication Safety for Patients Discharged from PICU to Home
Shruti ParanjapeImproving Quarterly Liver Function Monitoring in Cystic Fibrosis
Ivonne PenaImproving the rate of completed medication history within 18 hours of arriving to the medicine unit
Alphonsa RahmanDecreasing Order to Antibiotics Hang Time in Confirmed Sepsis Patients in MICU
Robert RickettsJohns Hopkins Children’s Center Anesthesia Workspace FMEA and Lean Six Sigma Redesign
Tammy SandilloImplementation Of Simulation Based Education for Caregivers of New Tracheostomy Patients
Donald SinghEmergency Drug Box Optimization
Lona SmallDecreasing Elapse time of STAT Difficult Blood Collection
Susana VelardeDocumentation of Use of Interpreter - Bloomberg Children's Center
Mary WilkinsonOptimization of Pre Chemo Lab Testing
Alex WilloughbySurgical Instrument Tray Optimization
Fasika Woreta Improving Fall Risk Screening for Ambulatory Patients in the Electronic Health Record 

2019-2020 Scholar Projects

NameProject Title
Leslie BeckAntipsychotic Medication Management US Family Health Plan Schizophrenia Pilot
Lauren BoothSynthesizing Diagnostic Stewardship Recommendations for Cultures in PICU Patients with Fever
Michelle BoryPatients not prepared for DI tests
Brian ChoBlood Utilization for Transvenous Lead Extractions
Catherine DowneyL&D Debrief Tool
Natasha Hilton Implementing a Handoff Process for Weinberg Urgent Care/CT patients 
Rutvik JoshiEstablishing a Standard & Sustainable Dispense Prep Alerts Data Analysis Process And Reduce the Alert Rate
Alison LivingstonEffect of Transportation Support on No Show Rate during Prenatal and Postpartum Care
Melissa MillardJohns Hopkins Home Care Group: Increasing Referrals for Remote Patient Monitoring Amongst Patients with a Primary Diagnosis of COPD
Erna PollicarOptimizing Hospital Throughput: Use of Standardized Hospital Bed Process 
Eileen PummerHeart Failure Appointments - Reducing Readmissions
Rebecca SamePediatric Antibiotic Discharge Stewardship
Laura SeskeBuilding a Better Discharge: Use of Consistent Care Guidelines for Apnea and Bradycardia of Prematurity
Eva TsengImproving Prediabetes Screening in At-Risk Patients
Kittane VishnupriyaImproving Radiological Imaging Safety (IRIS)- pilot project
Nicole WarrenImproving the quality of HIV prevention services in order to reduce disparities: A quality improvement project in Johns Hopkins-affiliated women’s health settings
Nikki WarnerPatient Safety Event Reporting Training 
Ben WormserImproving the Reliability of Referrals Between Pediatricians and Early Intervention
Katharine GiancolaCreating a Pathway to Assessment                      
Jessica ShwartzBlood Pressure Management Intervention

2018-2019 Scholar Projects

NameProject Title
Anna Adler-KirkleyUsing a Facilitated Process of Sensemaking to Enhance Harm Signal Awareness Within the JHH Patient Safety Department
Lois AndersonImproving Process Measure Compliance in Pathways
Melissa Augustino Analysis of Medication-related Triggers to Determine Preventable Adverse Drug Events
Rhea BaccayManaging Aggressive and Disruptive Behaviors in the Medicine Units of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center 
Tracey BagwellIdentifying Contributing Factors to Improve and Sustain Implementation of an Effective Heart Failure Patient Education Program
Emily BatieAmbulatory Services Response To Codes
Tania CaballeroImplementation of Transitional Care Management (TCM) in a bilingual primary care pediatric practice
Patrice CarringtonImproving communication between CUSP, huddles, and lean sigma teams at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Leana DohertyReducing Blood Draws on Johns Hopkins Hospital Neuroscience Inpatients
Karen DSouzaJHHS Sepsis Core Measure Compliance
Venkat GundareddyDelirium Recognition and Early Intervention
Bryan HansenSystematic Implementation of Nurse Screening for Delirium Among Inpatient Older Adults
Krysia HudsonDrug Absorption Interactions
Laura JaweedDevelop patient selection criteria with risk stratification methods for outpatient primary unilateral total hip and knee arthroplasty
Ann KaneStandardizing Purple Alert Activation within the JH Children’s Center Pediatric Emergency Department
Ben KoguttPostpartum Hemorrhage Cart Creation
Meg KnuthImprove Specifications to Increase Accuracy of Oncology Treatment Plan Build in Epic
Alice LeePreserving Provider Sanity with a Smarter and Better Coverage System in a Busy Outpatient Primary Care Office
Kathleen McDonaldPSI-04 (Death Among Surgical Inpatients with Serious Treatable Conditions) Improvement Project
Maria Sheilla MembrebeC. diff Be Gone
Tosin OdutolaPoint of Care Testing Initiative in the Anesthesia Pediatric Operating Room
Anne SteeleNursing Attitudes, Beliefs, & Documentation Behaviors related to Inpatient Oral Hygiene.
Corina TamasPeer Recovery Coach integration in the EMR
Jennifer WieworkaA3 Name
Kaitlin WrightIncreasing Donor Options in the Lung Transplant Population
David WuGOC Discussions in PCU for COPD

2017-2018 Scholar Projects

NameProject Title
Katharine BoyleImproving Antibiotic Management for Septic Patients in PICU
Brandon CawthonDepartment of Orthopedics JHOC Clinic A- Improving Patient Wait Times
Diane ColganSurburban Hospital Oncology A3: Multidisciplinary Bedside Rounds
Megen GallagherCVIL Central Line Dressing CLABSI Initiative
Pooja GuptaAntibiotics Time Outs
Erin Hanahan-GatzCommunicating Test Results to the Right Person at the Right Time
Stephanie HatcherImplementing Anti-Hypertensive Order Panel in Labor and Delivery Best Practice Guidelines
Akshata HopkinsImproving the Clinical Pathway to Power Plan "Go Live Process: The First Step in Best Practice Implementation
Victoria HughesPrompt Nurse Response
Brenda JohnsonDoor to BAT Project
Melissa JohnsonUtilizing Lean Methodologies to Improve Or Start Times in Labor & Delivery
Danyae LeeImplementation of Dispense Prep & Check in the Central Pharmacy
Abdel Latif MariniReducing Venous Thromboembolism Events(VTE) Among Neurosciences
Brent MelansonIncrease Awareness of Agile MD Evidence- Based Guidelines
Nancy MillerMedical Staff Administration Professionalism Program
Saira NananImproving the Transitional Care Management(TCM) Process for JHH Adult Medicine Clinic Patients
Elizabeth ReynoldsCAP Inpatient Acuity
Elizabeth Ronayne"Let's Move": Increasing Mobility for Spinal Surgery Patients
Mary Scott-HerringA Pediatric Airway Learner Performance Improvement Initiative
Brendan SinatroEnhancing Emergency Preparedness: Implementing LEAN Methodologies in the Department of a Equipment Checklist for Hospitals in the District of Columbia
Natasha SpeedImproving Implementation of Patient and Family Centered Care Practices in ICUs Across JHHS
Raniel TagaytayanKey Performance Indicators Data Verification and Validation
Danna TauberInitiation of High Flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen on the Pediatric Impatient Unit
Rebecca WrightIntegrating a Palliative Care Program into the Emergency Department
Jonathan ZenilmanBacteremia Management Strategy
Gail ZephyrAn Oncology Acuity Tool to Promote Equitable Nurse-Patient Assignments on an Impatient Leukemia Unit
Jiaying ZhangEmploying the Teach Back Method in Stroke Education

2016-2017 Scholar Projects

NameProject Title
Shafeeq AmedReduction of Diagnostic Imaging Errors at HCGH
Diana BapisteObtaining patient weights to ensure accurate dosing for weight-based medications in the adult emergency department
Jody BigleyReducing the Number of Patients Leaving Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Emergency Room without Being Seen
Meredith BlackRaising Awareness of CLABSI By Improving the Presentation of CLABSI Data
Robert BaskoReducing Fall risks associated with Inpatient W/C transfers in WBG CT
Brandon BuckinghamImproving Patient Safety and Satisfaction Through the Utilization of a Huddle Board and Team Huddles
Kenyatta ElliotImproving Ambulatory CG-CAHPS scores
Lilly Engineer 
Ross FeuersteinSafe Inpatient Handoffs to JHOC 
John FlynnAmbulatory Management Program to Improve Efficiency of Clinical Operations
Justith HansonEmpowering patients with stress management strategies to promote good health, decrease chronic pain, and improve patient outcomes.
Erika HoogestegerPremier Source File and Error Reduction
Christine Gourin 
Roberta JonesStandardize Pause Final Count in the Operating Room
Martin KoelhnleinUsing a Teach-to-Goal (TTG) Model for Hospitalized Patient Education on Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) and Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI) Assessment and Use
Suzanne LaMarcheEstablishing ASC OR Surgical Scrub Policies
Eileen LangstraatDispense Tracking in Central Pharmacy to Decreased Missed Messages
Jeanne LeeDecreasing OR Case Cart Supply Return
Francoise MarvelPatient-Centered Post Myocardial Infarction Hospital Discharge Digital Enhancement (HDDE)
Bommy MershonHandoff On Target – Redu6cing the risk of patient harm due to intraoperative handoff errors
Jessica MichieSustainable CUSP teams at Sibley Memorial Hospital
Shivani PatelImproving transfer of care for patients coming from ICU to Anesthesia
Christina ReamesHarmonizing HERO Actions in an Ambulatory Setting: A Strategy to Promote a Healthy Culture of Safety
Meghan ShackelfordGoal Driven Sedation using a validated tool; State Behavioral Scale (SBS)
Fauzia ShakeelStandardizing Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in the NICU
Brenda SheltonImplementing Diagnostic and Management Algorithms in the Kimmel Cancer Center Urgent Care
Susan ShermockImproving accuracy of patient specific insulin pen administration
Shmeul ShohamA Multidisciplinary Approach to Prevention of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Complications in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
Lauren SternsBrain Tumor LOS for Rehab Patients
Patricia WachterCall from Home – To Increase Admissions on the Hospitalist Unit
Feifei XueImprove Appropriate Vancomycin Trough Collection
Diana YoungImproving the Completion Rate of Admission Medication Reconciliations on Inpatient Service

2015-2016 Scholar Projects

NameTitleJohns Hopkins Member InstitutionProject Title
Mona BahouthNeurology Cerebrovascular FellowJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineEarly Activity for stroke patients in the neurocritical care unit
Bickey ChangSenior Research Program CoordinatorJohns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and QualityAcknowledging the expert in the room: Engaging families in direct care
Stephanie ChenSenior ResidentJohns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenterDoes this patient need telemetry?
William ConleyAssistant ResidentJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineOptimizing clinic workflow with discrete-events simulation technology
Amanda CullisonNurse Clinician IIM, SurgeryThe Johns Hopkins HospitalImprove patient safety outcomes in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery patients
Sarah DisneyAdministrative Director, EndoscopyThe Johns Hopkins HospitalPatient cancellation and no-show rates within the endoscopy direct access program
Tracy DouglasNurse Manager, Blood and Marrow TransplantationJohns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer CenterInpatient mobility BMT/ICU
Marquita GeniesGeneral Academic Pediatrics FellowJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineImproving hospital discharge by noon
Jessica HarkinsNurse Clinician IIM, Anesthesia and Critical Care MedicineThe Johns Hopkins HospitalImproving contrast-induced acute kidney injury rates following percutaneous coronary intervention
Angela HelderMedication Safety CoordinatorJohns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenterSafety of automated dispensing cabinets
Rahul KokaAssistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins HospitalQuality improvement of simulated perioperative cardiac arrests in children
Bora LeeAssistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological ScienceJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine at Green Spring Station and Johns Hopkins Medicine at White MarshIncreasing the screening mammography utilization rate
Marci LowManager, Patient RelationsHoward County General HospitalPutting the care back in miscarriages: An effort to improve the care to women presenting with possible miscarriages in emergency departments
Chepkorir MaritimQuality Improvement Team LeaderThe Johns Hopkins HospitalEffect of diabetes guidelines in PEC center
Maryhelen MillerAcute Care Nurse PractitionerThe Johns Hopkins HospitalReducing readmission rates following cardiac surgery
Charles OdonkorPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation ResidentJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineToward reducing harms: Designing a quality improvement project to improve pain management and outcomes among chronic pain and opioid users in an acute rehabilitation program
Julee RendonSurgical Quality Improvement ManagerThe Johns Hopkins HospitalDivision level case review to decrease the number of Maryland hospital-acquired conditions in surgical patients
Meghan RowcliffePharmacist, Pediatric Medication Safety OfficerJohns Hopkins Children’s CenterAssessing the errors associated with the manual filling of pediatric and adult emergency drug boxes and the severity level associated with these errors
Mohamed SargMedication Use Safety ResidentThe Johns Hopkins HospitalAssessing the errors associated with the manual filling of pediatric and adult emergency drug boxes and the severity level associated with these errors
Kristen SheridanClinical Operations ManagerThe Johns Hopkins HospitalPostoperative respiratory failure: Quality improvement initiative
Lee Ann SprankleQuality Improvement Team LeaderThe Johns Hopkins HospitalToward reducing harms: Designing a quality improvement project to improve pain management and outcomes among chronic pain and opioid users in an acute rehabilitation program
Jacqueline StokesStaff and Programs Development CoordinatorThe Johns Hopkins HospitalSafer Management of Ventilator Alarm
Sangeeta SuleAssistant Professor of PediatricsJohns Hopkins Children’s Center, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine at Green Spring StationImproving Methotrexate Monitoring in Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic
Sandy SwobodaSenior Research Nurse, Nurse ClinicianJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of NursingUtilization of CRRT therapy in the adult ICUs
Julie TrivediClinical Associate and Hospital EpidemiologistThe Johns Hopkins Hospital and Suburban HospitalImproving the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections at Suburban Hospital

2014-2015 Scholar Projects

NameTitleJohns Hopkins Member InstitutionProject Title
Rebecca AdelmanProject AdministratorJohns Hopkins Health SystemReducing wait time in the oncology infusion center
Deborah BakerDirector of Nursing, SurgeryThe Johns Hopkins HospitalPostoperative pain management improvement project: Developing an anticipatory guidance tool for clinicians managing postoperative pain
Sherly BinuPatient Safety Officer of Anesthesia and Critical Care MedicineThe Johns Hopkins HospitalBlood wastage reduction in operating rooms and procedural areas
Rosemary CallPharmacist and Medication Safety OfficerThe Johns Hopkins HospitalImproving safety of the apoteca chemotherapy compounding robot
Kate DeanehanAssistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineImproving patient flow in the PED
Shereef ElnahalResident, Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation SciencesJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineReducing radiation treatment machine workload with proactive capacity management: Implications on safety and quality
Melissa FairbairnPhysician AssistantJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineImpact of a preventative surgical site infection bundle in women undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer
Han FengMedication Safety ResidentThe Johns Hopkins HospitalImproving safety of the apoteca chemotherapy compounding robot
Stephanie FigueroaPhysician Assistant Manager, Emergency MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineSickle cell rapid evaluation and acute management for acute pain crisis patients S.C.R.E.A.M. protocol: A safe and standardized approach in Johns Hopkins Hospital adult ED
Cynthia ForondaAssistant Professor of Acute and Chronic CareJohns Hopkins University School of NursingPED to PICU transition mission project
Ashley HarrisSenior Clinical Fellow of General Internal MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineReducing errors in outpatient lab orders
Nichole JantziPatient Safety Program AdministratorJohns Hopkins Community PhysiciansDevelopment and implementation of CUSP executive training
Sherri JonesAssistant Director of Nursing, PediatricsThe Johns Hopkins HospitalImproving nursing handoff communication in the children’s center
Julia KimAssistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Quality and Safety, Associate Vice Chair of Ambulatory QualityJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineImproving pediatric home medication reconciliation
Serena LiebengoodClinical Instructor of Radiology and Radiological ScienceJohns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenterImproving MRI table utilization and efficiency
Phuong LuuClinical Research Fellow of General Internal MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineIncreasing advance care planning at Green Spring Station internal medicine clinic
Tara McLernonNurse Clinician IM, NeurosciencesThe Johns Hopkins HospitalImproving productivity and efficiency for patients with difficult peripheral venous access in the neurosciences critical care unit
Pam MercerAssistant Director, Quality and Performance ImprovementJohns Hopkins Community PhysiciansJohns Hopkins Community Physicians postpartum visit performance improvement for value-based purchasing
Dawn MillerPhysician Assistant, Radiation OncologyJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineExpansion of the oncology urgent care model
Sara MixterInstructor, Department of Medicine EducationJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineQI training and practice in resident continuity clinic
Roy OrdenFellow, Allergy and Clinical ImmunologyJohns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenterAdopting the use of a mobile app for asthma management
Samantha PittsAssistant Professor of General Internal MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineIncreasing delivery of screening mammography, Green Spring general internal medicine
Patricia RabetteCT/MRI ManagerHoward County General HospitalDecrease the order to begin exam time for inpatient MRI orders
Ellen RayAssistant Professor of Community and Public HealthJohns Hopkins University School of NursingOB-TIP: Obstetrical Triage Improvement Process
Roseanne SheinbergAssistant Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineDeveloping bivalirudin dosing guidelines for heparin-allergic patients undergoing cardiac or vascular surgery
Stephanie TabiszResearch CoordinatorJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineEvaluating the long-term impact of the patient safety and quality leadership on alumni in the workplace
Pat TriplettAssistant Professor of PsychiatryJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineAn intervention to improve nursing confidence in handling agitation, threats and violence on non-psychiatric nursing units
Victor UrrutiaAssociate Professor of NeurosciencesJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineTIA-Minor stroke outpatient pathway-safety implementation study (TOP-SAILS)
Brigit VanGraafeilandAssistant Professor of Family and Community HealthJohns Hopkins University School of NursingPED to PICU transition mission project
Jean WrightAssistant Professor of Radiation OncologyJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Sibley Memorial HospitalDecreasing frequency of errors in CT simulation for radiation treatment planning
Eunice YuResident, Internal MedicineJohns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenterRevitalizing chronic opioid therapy in an internal medicine residency continuity clinic
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