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Clinical Collaborations and Teamwork

The Clinical Collaboration and Teamwork award is presented to the physician, nurse and/or team who engages colleagues in shared decision-making, fostering cooperation and open communication.

Howard County General Hospital

Mindy Kantsiper, M.D., Danielle McQuigg, R.N., and the M.D./R.N. Cohort Rounds Team

Mindy Kantsiper, internal medicine

Provider/Nurse Cohort Rounding brings the attending provider and assigned nurse to the bedside to discuss plan of care, answer questions and ensure patient involvement in care decisions. After positive feedback from patients, nurses and providers — and a promising impact on communication scores — the project expanded to other units.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Amy Brassfield, R.N., and the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Task Force

Amy Brassfield and Katie Wooten assembled a multidisciplinary team to address prenatal drug use, formed a neonatal abstinence syndrome task force, created an NAS cohort care model and assumed leadership in the community to improve health outcomes of mothers and infants. The team-based, shared decision-making and collaborative approach resulted in $2.5 million in philanthropy, significant hospital stay reductions, associated cost savings, 44 percent reduction in pharmacotherapy and a remarkable increase in breastfeeding rate.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Asha Chari, M.D., and the Perioperative Simulation Team

Asha Chari, anesthesiology

Working with a team of anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, surgeons and nurses, Asha Chari implemented a simulation that focuses on improving teamwork skills using a code scenario. Approximately 60 professionals from various units have taken part in the simulation. Participants not only practice resuscitation skills and refamiliarize themselves with code equipment, they also learn teamwork and communication.

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Stephen Martin, M.D., and the Ob/Gyn R.N. Triage Team

Stephen Martin, obstetrician and gynecologist

Stephen Martin and Ms. Matthews proposed the idea of regional telephone triage coverage for the Baltimore North JHCP Ob/Gyn practices, and the R.N.s involved collaborated to make this a highly successful program. Regional coverage resulted in an increase in office appointment times with R.N.s for Ob/Gyn patients, providing quality, patient-friendly care. The team is supportive of each other, and in constant communication to meet the needs of this complex patient population.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Kenneth Stoller, M.D., and the Broadway Center for Addiction Team

Kenneth Stoller, psychiatrist
Broadway Center for Addiction Team

With a stray bullet hole above one of its front windows, the Johns Hopkins Broadway Center for Addiction stands on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. Multiple medical and psychosocial comorbidities burden those who come to the BCA. The heart of the successful BCA treatment model is the service provided by its very experienced and dedicated clinical staff, some of whom have worked at BCA for over 20 years.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Anika Alvanzo, M.D., and the SUDS Team

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Substance Use Disorders Service provides patient-centered care to individuals struggling with addiction during hospitalization and seeks to provide education to health care professionals. The program receives over 1,200 referrals yearly and provides key services to support recovery including counseling, referrals and medication-management plans.

Sibley Memorial Hospital

Jennifer Knittig, R.N., and the Stroke Team

The award-winning stroke team at Sibley Memorial attributes its success to open communication, which includes regular feedback to all team members with an emphasis on improving quality. Additionally, Jennifer Knittig leads efforts to provide mandatory stroke education to nurses across the organization. This has created a culture of learning and understanding across Sibley and has led to broad engagement in stroke-related initiatives.

Suburban Hospital

Anitha Chetty, M.D., Kadia Williams, M.D., Eunice D’Agostine, R.N., and Courtney Cornell, R.N.

Anitha Chetty, internist

Successful multidisciplinary rounds (MDR) require its leadership to define roles and responsibilities and ensure that the MDR team starts and ends on time, meets the needs of the care team and communicates well with the patient and family care partners. These team members were instrumental in creating and implementing MDR on two units. Patient experience scores have shown significant improvement, indicating that the rounds are useful to our patients and the care team.

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