A culture of continuous improvement permeates every program and process within the Department of Surgery. Driven to provide quality care and excellent outcomes, the department has encouraged open and honest inquiry at every level of the organization. In support of this commitment, the department provides Quality Improvement Seed Grant Awards for Advanced Practice Providers, who are often uniquely placed to identify innovative approaches for clinical challenges and improving patient care. One-year awards of up to $2000 have been made available to fund projects that will create safer, more effective practices for the patients who depend upon us for their surgical care.
Sarah Morrissey, NP and Kate Stalzer, NP: "Improving Patient Confidence in PleurX Catheter Care at Home"
Arian Fuller, NP and Sophia Hall, NP: "Implementing Quality Measures in Transition of Care to Prevent Hospital Readmissions for Patients with Advanced Liver Disease"
Madeline Huster, PA-C: "Improvement in Patient Experience and Perioperative Surgical Flow using a Standardized Video"
Ashley Waldon, PA-C: Liberalized upper extremity sternal precautions will improve strength and functional status at hospital discharge.
Subin Valayil, PA-C: Pre-operative education will improve patient’s knowledge and understanding of jejunostomy care, improving nutrition and self-care for a healthy and uncomplicated post-op recovery.
Katie Cardenas, PA-C: Expectations and Education in Breast Cancer Reconstruction.
Taylor Vickers, PA-C: Stocking ready to grab “line kits” containing the necessary line supplies not included in the individual procedure trays, we will be able to significantly improve line placement times and offload clinician cognitive burden from material selection.
Heather West, M.S., PA-C: Structured pre- and postoperative activity program will improve patient-reported outcomes for hernia patients.
Ashley Waldon, PA-C: Pre-habilitation of elective colorectal surgery patients using a novel home-based device to assess safety and improve functional status: a feasibility trial, and for comprehensive “ileostomy bundle” for patients with new ileostomies decreases adverse events and improves patients satisfaction.
Logan Healy, PA-C: Pre-operative counseling with post-operative phone calls that will lead to decrease in patient calls and MyChart messages and improve the overall patient experience
Amy Butcher, PA-C: Liberalized upper extremity sternal precautions that are associated with objective improvement in strength and functional status and improved patient perception of functional ability at hospital discharge
Michelle Kelly, PA-C, Holly Clayton, PA-C, Charrika Williams, NP: Professional Development and Job Satisfaction among Department of Surgery APPs
Jana Bishop, PA-C: Increasing Patient Activation and Engagement Post-Cardiac Surgery through Enhanced Educational Tools
Phillip Bowen, PA-C Brandon Johnson, PA-C Priya Minoje, PA-C: Development of Patient Educational Materials to Improve Understanding of Thoracic Patient Discharge and Self-Care
Logan Healy, PA-C: Use of APP as Part of the Clinical Team to Improve Patient Satisfaction
Katrina Zahorik, NP-C: Standardizing Communication for Handoff Report Between Perioperative and Postoperative Intensive Care Staff: Safe for the Patient, Safe for the Staff, Increased Satisfaction for All
Kolby S. Buckner, PA-C: Standardized Treatment Protocol for Common Pediatric Fractures
Celia Flores, PA-C: Prospective Evaluation of the Necessity for Narcotics After Routine Pediatric Surgery
Michelle Kelly, PA-C: Creation of Standardized Tissue Expander Protocol
Holly Clayton, PA-C, Kathryn King, PA-C, MPH, Chanda Sou, PA-C: Midlevel Postoperative Phone Call Standardization and Evaluation
Michelle Roy, PA-C: Cleft Care Package
Sarah Allen, PA-C: Ward Based Integrated Multidisciplinary Care
Charrika Williams NP-C: End Stage Renal Disease: The Road to Permanent Dialysis Access Within a Nurse Practitioner Driven Clinic