Clinical Quality Fellowship Program
Class of 2014-2015
Vimla Aggarwal, MBBS, FACMG, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center
Jonathan Arend, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital
Gabriella Azzarone, MD, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Melvyn Braiman, MD, FAAP, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Margaret Celenza, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Winthrop-University Hospital
Jennifer Crotty, RN, MA, CPNP, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
Calvin Hwang, MD, MPH, North Central Bronx Hospital/NYCHHC
Kaedrea Jackson, MD, MPH, Kings County Hospital Center/NYCHHC
Danny Kim, MD, MSE, NYU Langone Medical Center
Linda Kurian, MD, North Shore-LIJ Health System
Charles Luther, MD, Lenox Hill Hospital/North Shore LIJ Health System
Elaine Meyerson, MA, RN, NYU Lutheran
Vishnu Oruganti, MD, Jacobi Medical Center/NYCHHC
Franscene Oulds, MD, The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
Alfredo Rabines, DO, NYU Lutheran
Winston Ramkissoon, MS, MPH, RN, CEN, Hackensack University Medical Center
Ingride Richardson, MD, Jacobi Medical Center/NYCHHC
Marie-Laure Romney, MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Bradley Shy, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital
Adam Szerencsy, DO, NYU Langone Medical Center
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 2014–2015 fellows are briefly described below.
Vimla Aggarwal, MBBS, FACMG, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, sought to streamline the process of testing for an enzyme deficiency before administering a drug that accompanies chemotherapy, in an effort to avoid adverse drug events.
Jonathan Arend, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital, worked to review and recommend improvements to the anticoagulation management and warfarin dosing practices in one of the hospital’s academic primary care practices.
Gabriella Azzarone, MD, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, developed and implemented an evidence-based clinical pathway for pediatric patients with acute asthma in the hopes of decreasing the length of their hospital stay and improving the quality of their care.
Melvyn Braiman, MD, FAAP, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, focused on patient discharge processes on a pediatric inpatient unit, with the goal of improving timeliness of discharge and the patient and family experience of care on that unit.
Margaret Celenza, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Winthrop-University Hospital, worked to improve the way the hospital engages patients regarding antisepsis practices before scheduled cesarean deliveries.
Jennifer Crotty, RN, MA, CPNP, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, developed and implemented an intervention improving post-operative pain management and patient comfort for pediatric patients after orthopedic surgery.
Calvin Hwang, MD, MPH, North Central Bronx Hospital/NYCHHC, worked to reduce the amount of time internal medicine patients spend in the emergency department, and to implement their care plans faster.
Kaedrea Jackson, MD, MPH, Kings County Hospital Center/NYCHHC, integrated simulation training and follow-up debriefings into the critical care and trauma team’s activities to improve staff satisfaction, teamwork, and the management of acute ischemic stroke.
Danny Kim, MD, MSE, NYU Langone Medical Center, worked to standardize the management and follow-up recommendations for patients with ovarian cysts, through improved collaboration between the departments of gynecology and radiology.
Linda Kurian, MD, North Shore-LIJ Health System, focused on handoffs between inpatient clinicians and a skilled nursing facility, with the goals of identifying factors contributing to high readmission rates and ultimately lowering those rates.
Charles Luther, MD, Lenox Hill Hospital/North Shore-LIJ Health System, enhanced the detection and treatment of alcohol use among psychiatric inpatients by means of a validated screening tool and evidence-based interventions.
Elaine Meyerson, MA, RN, NYU Lutheran, sought to improve patients’ new medication education through standardized and multidisciplinary means of patient engagement.
Vishnu Oruganti, MD, Jacobi Medical Center/NYCHHC, developed and implemented a standardized, multidisciplinary approach to preventing pressure ulcers, through the expanded use of bundled nutrition sets and “turning and positioning” kits.
Franscene Oulds, MD, The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, developed a patient satisfaction survey for a pediatric inpatient unit with the goals of improving the family experience of care and identify where to focus future improvement efforts.
Alfredo Rabines, DO, NYU Lutheran, sought to improve the proper allocation of resources in the emergency department by bringing trauma level categorization in line with evidence-based guidelines.
Winston Ramkissoon, MS, MPH, RN, CEN, Hackensack University Medical Center, worked to eliminate gaps in nurse-to-nurse shift handoffs by developing a standardized handoff process with an electronic reporting tool, and improving education and training for nurses.
Ingride Richardson, MD, Jacobi Medical Center/NYCHHC, designed and implemented an intervention to improve the cycle time in the urology ambulatory practice.
Marie-Laure Romney, MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, worked to decrease the overuse and misuse of CT scans for patients with minor head trauma, through broader application of validated guidelines and additional monitoring of the decision-making process.
Bradley Shy, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital, sought to standardize the handoff process between the emergency department and clinicians in other departments, in an attempt to improve both patient satisfaction and the quality of care.
Adam Szerencsy, DO, NYU Langone Medical Center, focused on electronic “in-baskets,” working to reduce the number of unread test results documented in the hospital’s electronic health record system.
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