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Michael Friedman, PT, MBA

Michael Friedman is the Director of Strategic Program Development and faculty member of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His responsibilities include integration of rehabilitation within health system initiatives inclusive but not limited to population health, quality improvement, clinical research, practice standardization and functional outcome measurement.
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Erik Hoyer, M.D.

Erik Hoyer is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a vice chair for quality, safety and service, he leads efforts to improve patient safety and care at Johns Hopkins.

AMP Team

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Michelle Cvach, M.S.

Michelle Cvach is a project analyst for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, assisting the team in managing a variety of quality improvement projects related to promotion of activity and mobility. Cvach graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree, and in 2017 obtained a master’s in health informatics administration.
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Kelly Daley, PT, M.B.A.

Kelly Daley is the director of rehabilitation informatics and analytics and a clinical informatics program coordinator at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a certified Epic clinician builder and a funded member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute TARGET study team focusing on pragmatic physician and therapist care of acute low back pain.
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Eleni Flanagan, M.S.N., M.B.A., RN-BC

Eleni Flanagan is an Assistant Director at the Johns Hopkins Department of Medical Nursing. Over the past 20 years, she has served the Department of Medicine in many capacities: ICU nurse clinician, shift coordinator, case manager and nurse manager for three different units, including the Cardiology Progressive Cardiac Care Unit (PCCU) and Interventional Cardiology and Electrophysiology labs.
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Lisa Klein, M.S.N., RN, AGCNS-BC, CNRN

Lisa Klein is a neuroscience nurse and an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist in two 32-bed acute care medical-surgical neuroscience units at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Klein received a bachelor’s and then a master’s degree in nursing from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Over the past 10 years, she has championed efforts to improve patient mobility, decrease patient falls and strengthen patient outcomes by mentoring staff members, enhancing education and advancing quality improvement initiatives.
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Sowmya Kumble, PT, NCS

Sowmya Kumble is a clinical resource analyst in acute care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a subject matter expert for the AMP team, developing content and educational materials for implementation of AMP. She is working actively to integrate AMP with fall prevention and safe patient handling committee to progress mobility safely in the ICU and hospital settings.
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Annette Lavezza, OTR/L

Annette Lavezza is the acute care therapy consultation services manager at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has 25 years of experience as an occupational therapist, clinically specializing in care for patients with neurological impairments. She uses her experience to engage in transdisciplinary quality improvement projects and is responsible for collaborative efforts to integrate documentation of function in the medical record across disciplines.
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Dale Needham, F.C.P.A., M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Needham is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include pulmonary and critical care medicine. Needham serves as the medical director of the critical care physical medicine and rehabilitation program and the director of the Outcomes After Critical Illness and Surgery group at Johns Hopkins.
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Ashley Pleiss, RN, B.S.

Ashley Pleiss is a Lead Clinical Nurse at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and she also serves as the resource nurse for the Activity and Mobility Promotion (AMP) program for the Johns Hopkins Health System. Ashley served as the Hospitalist Unit Mobility Advocate for the Department of Medicine before her role with AMP. As the AMP resource nurse, her responsibilities include rounding on inpatient units, disseminating data, educating nurses on mobility and documentation, facilitating mobility meetings and promoting the #everyBODYmoves campaign.
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Kathy Wagner-Kosmakos, RN, M.S.

Kathy Wagner-Kosmakos is a nurse with the Department of Care Coordination. She develops programs using evidenced-based strategies to enhance interdisciplinary communication, improve patient outcomes and ensure safe transitions from the hospital. These programs aim to decrease length of stay and preventable readmissions.
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Daniel Young, PT, DPT, Ph.D.

Daniel Young is an associate professor in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Young’s is involved in research in the areas of acute care physical therapy, rehabilitation epidemiology, physical therapy, wound care and pressure injuries. He is actively working to improve identification and documentation of pressure injuries by health care providers and to provide direction to rehabilitation providers working in the hospital.
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