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Innovations in Clinical Care

The Innovations in Clinical Care award is presented to the physician, nurse and/or team who demonstrates a visionary approach to problem solving and performance improvement.

Clarita Dawson, M.D., and the Operating Room Narcotic Discrepancies Team

Howard County General Hospital: Clarita Dawson, M.D., anesthesiology

At Howard County General Hospital, a unique care team addresses discrepancies and potential for diversion of controlled substances within the anesthesia department. This interdisciplinary care team developed a homegrown, custom-built system to audit all anesthesia records, understand trends, investigate sources of discrepancies and implement system changes where possible.

Kentlee Battick, R.N.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital: Kentlee Battick, R.N.

The foundation of the neurosurgery team, Kentlee Battick spearheaded several innovations in clinical care. She developed the VP shunt protocol checklist, which required several teams to coordinate care for children with hydrocephalus. This innovation decreased the infection rate and helped the hospital save over $500,000 per year for treatment of shunt infections. She continues to recognize deficiencies in the system and create a multidisciplinary approach to correct or improve clinical care.

Carol Sylvester, R.N., and the OPAT Team

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center: Carol Sylvester, R.N., and the OPAT Team

In response to post-discharge safety issues, Johns Hopkins Bayview formed a multidisciplinary team to improve tracking and care coordination for patients on IV antibiotics. With leadership from Carol Sylvester, vice president of care management, and Mitra Gavgani, senior director of specialty infusion at Johns Hopkins Home Care group, the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy Team includes a medical director and nurse case manager, as well as resources from the home care group, such as database management, nurse management and communications support.

Bailey Miles, M.D., Kate Rediger, C.R.N.P., and the Farm to Clinic Team

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians: Bailey Miles, M.D.

East Baltimore Medical Center serves the medical needs of many patients who live in food deserts, areas where healthy foods are not easily accessible. The Farm to Clinic Project connects the East Baltimore community with farm fresh vegetables to reduce food insecurity and access disparities, and improve health. The team distributed more than 1,000 pounds of vegetables to over 400 patients during the summer of 2018.

Katherine Connor, M.D., M.P.H., and the Rales Health Center Team

The Johns Hopkins Hospital: Katherine Connor, M.D., M.P.H., and the Rales Health Center Team

The Rales Health Center, at two public charter schools in Baltimore City, brings Johns Hopkins’ world-class care into the community, weaving a multidisciplinary team of health professionals and wellness experts into the fabric of the school. The team provides comprehensive nursing and pediatric care; screens all 1,500 students for vision, asthma risk and fitness level; and is involved in health education, including training in mindfulness-based stress reduction and school climate initiatives.

Nadia Eltaki, M.D., and the Emergency Department Simulation Team

Sibley Memorial Hospital: Nadia Eltaki, M.D., and the Emergency Department Simulation Team

Based on experiences the Emergency Department Simulation Team had with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center, the team has been developing simulation cases based on real situations in the department and running team-based sessions every other month using a new high-fidelity mannequin. They are leading the organization in taking collaboration and teamwork to a higher level while developing important skills.

Tara Roque, M.D.

Suburban Hospital: Tara Roque, M.D., intensivist

Tara Roque has been instrumental in developing the Critical Neurosciences Program at Suburban Hospital. She coordinated efforts among multiple hospitals in the system to provide a tertiary level of neurological care in the community setting, developing triage strategies and protocols to provide the highest quality clinical care to extremely sick patient populations. This has greatly benefited patients who previously would have transferred to a tertiary care center.

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