Clinical Quality Fellowship Program
Class of 2011-2012
Barbara J. Barnett, MD, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Myrna Cuevas, R.N., Esq., Hudson Valley Hospital Center
Michael D. Gitman, MD, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Louis Guarino, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN, NE-BC, Hackensack University Medical Center
Saquib Ibrahim, MD, FACP, Huntington Hospital
Nalini Kanth, MD, Nassau University Medical Center
Scott Klein, MD, MHSA, Maimonides Medical Center (now at Visiting Nurse Service of New York)
Vasantha Kondamudi, MD, The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Jared Kutzin, DNP, MPH, RN, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Institute for Medical Simulation
Mara Lagzdins, MD, New York University Langone Medical Center
Jennifer Lee, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center
Steven Lev, MD, Nassau University Medical Center
Daniela Levi, MD, Montefiore Medical Center
Elena Lobatch, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Lutheran Medical Center
Brian Radbill, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Sheronia Samuels, RN, MS, MBA, Mount Sinai Medical Center
Eugene Spagnuolo, MD, Northern Westchester Hospital
One of the signature elements of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program is the capstone project. Working with an interdisciplinary team, fellows conceptualize, design, and lead projects, endorsed by their hospital leadership, to advance a patient safety or quality improvement goal in their own hospital. The projects of the fellows who make up the 2011-2012 Class are briefly described below.
Barbara Barnett, MD, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore-LIJ Health System sought to standardize ED triage procedures for high-risk oncology patients with signs suggestive of infection.
Myrna Cuevas, RN, Esq., Hudson Valley Hospital Center worked to improve collaboration with local nursing homes to reduce the number of avoidable readmissions.
Michael Gitman, MD, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore-LIJ Health System aimed to improve staff reporting of medication variations, developing an environment of safety so errors can be understood and prevented.
Louis Guarino, RN, MBA, Lutheran Medical Center sought to decrease the incidence of central line associated bloodstream infections in three patient units.
Saquib Ibrahim, MD, FACP, Huntington Hospital, North Shore-LIJ Health System worked to improve follow-up care for congestive heart failure patients with the goal of reducing 30-day readmissions.
Nalini Kanth, MD, DABR, Nassau University Medical Center worked to improve the efficiency and protocols of ordering CT scans.
Scott M. Klein, MD, MHSA, VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care worked to reduce the time between referral and assignment of an admission nurse.
Vasantha Kondamudi, MD, The Brooklyn Hospital Center sought to reduce 30-day readmissions for patients with congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, or pneumonia.
Jared M. Kutzin, DNP, MPH, RN, St. Barnabas Medical Center worked to improve the process and efficiency of getting blood transfusions to obstetrical patients in the event of postpartum hemorrhage.
Mara S. Lagzdins, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center worked to improve hospital staff understanding of pain management.
Jennifer I. Lee, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center aimed to improve patient attendance at bridge appointments before hospital discharge.
Steven Lev, MD, Nassau University Medical Center sought to analyze and improve the efficiency of the radiology department’s PICC line process.
Daniela Levi, MD, MMM, Montefiore Medical Center aimed to develop a sepsis bundle protocol and improve the rapid response to severe sepsis.
Elena Lobatch, RNC-OB, C-EFM, MSN, Lutheran Medical Center sought to improve patient satisfaction by stepping up efforts to explain new medications and their side effects.
Brian Radbill, MD, The Mount Sinai Hospital worked to reduce the numbers of avoidable dialysis-related admissions and readmissions among patients with end-stage renal disease.
Sheronia Samuels, RN, MS, MBA, The Mount Sinai Hospital sought to expand the use of VTE prophylaxis by encouraging doctors to order it and improving patients’ compliance with it.
Eugene Spagnuolo, MD, Northern Westchester Hospital sought to create a new observational status for patients who could be observed and discharged rather than admitted to the hospital.
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