eFocus – September 2022
Welcome to eFocus. Our goal is to provide you with timely, informative and useful short summaries and links about UM UCH related news, issues, or events. Feel free to contact us if you have news to share, story ideas or any other feedback. As always, your comments are welcome.
eFocus, September 2022 topics include:
- Welcome Message
- COVID Update
- Safety Updates
- Quality Update
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
It is back-to-school season and everyone is getting ready! With that in mind, we have an eFocus issue with many introductions of new docs, a new patient safety officer, a new, fully staffed laborist program, and new provider engagement events. (Check out all the pics!) We also have our new safety and quality goals for FY 23. They include hospital acquired infections (HAI), HCAHPS performance targets and mortality.
At the end of FY 22 we saw an incredible decline in our Foley and central line utilization and also went 74 days between both hospitals without an HAI!! This has never been done before and deserves celebration. This shows that despite staffing challenges and all the pressure healthcare faces, we can continue to march down our journey to zero harm for our patients. Let’s keep the momentum going.
I know we've lamented over the people we have lost, but we must pay notice to all of the new faces joining the UM Upper Chesapeake Health family. Welcome them with open arms and show them what it means to be part of this community and to be part of the University of Maryland Medical System. Take care, everyone, and good luck with the first days of school!Fermin Barrueto, Jr., M.D., M.B.A.
Senior Vice President/CMO
Medical Staff Affairs
New Patient Safety Officer: Please join us in welcoming Tanika Thompson as our new Patient Safety Officer. Tanika comes to us from GBMC where she served as a Clinical Program Nurse Manager. She has also served as a Surgical Quality/Trauma Nurse Coordinator at Sinai Hospital and is also an Adjunct Instructor for Remington College online for at-risk students. Tanika received her BS in Nursing from Coppin State University, Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from Notre Dame of Maryland and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlin College of Nursing. We are very excited to have Tanika join us here at Upper Chesapeake. Let’s make her feel welcome!
Career Fair for High School Juniors, Seniors and Recent Grads: If you have a young person in your life who is considering career choices, please encourage him/her to attend our upcoming healthcare career fair on Friday, Sept. 23 from 2-5 p.m. at Ripken Stadium. We will have UCH representatives from our clinical teams, education and training, communications, facilities management, IT, human resources and more. Light refreshments, giveaways and fun activities! Register by calling 800-515-0044.
New Additions to Medical Staff: Welcome to the newest members of our medical staff, including physicians and advanced practice providers. Over the last month, 12 individuals have joined us! To learn more about our individual providers, visit umms.org/findadoctor. You can also "meet" some of our new additions by reading their bios.
COVID + Test Results: In recent weeks, we have had quite a few inpatients test COVID positive on serial testing, and there were hours and sometimes days of delays related to the result being known and appropriate actions taken, i.e., initiate isolation precautions. Some of the cases involved semi-private rooms in which there were roommate exposures. Because there continues to be confusion, please refer to this easy to follow process on COVID + results, driven by the location in which the test is performed.
Journey to Zero Harm: Below is the current Harm Index graph. The IP Team continues to round, educate and work to assure our team members are knowledgeable about Infection Prevention basics and the bundle-best practices to target prevention of specific HAIs. If you have any questions, concerns or needs, please reach out.
Please review the latest physician communication graph through FY22. Also, check out some of these amazing comments/feedback from our patients during the month of July!
Mark your calendars for important standing meetings and special events.
- Out of the Darkness Walk
Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Out of the Darkness Walk is a nationwide event to raise suicide awareness, save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Join members of our Behavioral Health and Klein Family Crisis Center teams at our local chapter's walk.
Saturday, Oct. 1, Tydings Park in Havre de Grace, walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
In-person registration: 8:30 a.m.
Or pre-register here: https://tinyurl.com/2p8va7kr
- 2022 Heart Walk
UM UCH is once again proud to be part of the larger UMMS team for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Greater Maryland Heart and Stroke Walk on Saturday, October 8 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Activities start at 8am and the Walk itself will start at 9:30am. We are calling on you to play a role in this endeavor. Be a part of the action. Learn more and sign up today!
- Walk with a Doc
First Sunday and second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.
Shucks Regional Park
Walk with a Doc is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve health through physical activity, strengthen relationships between physicians and patients, and provide access to health information and education. Events are free and open to all ages and abilities! Each walk starts with a brief talk on a health topic followed by a walk around the park at each participant’s preferred pace. Learn more.
- Multidisciplinary Thoracic and General Conferences: 12 Noon, Alternates Every Thursday (e.g., Thoracic is 11/3, General is 11/10)
UM UCMC, KCC Streett Conference Room
- Multidisciplinary Breast Conference: 8 a.m., Every Tuesday
Radiology/Oncology Conference Room
- Pharmacy &Therapeutics (P & T) Committee: 7:30 a.m., Third Tuesday of each month
UM UCMC Maryland Room
- Credentials Committee: 7:30 - 9 a.m., First Friday of each month
UM UCMC, MSCR
- Medical Staff Leadership: 8 - 9 a.m., Fourth Thursday of each month
UM UCMC, Fallston Room/UM HMH, MSCR
Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Committee: 5 p.m., Quarterly, Wednesdays
HMH MSCR and UCMC Fallston Room
Advanced Practice Providers (APP) Review Committee: First Tuesday of each month