Ken is a Process Improvement Consultant for University of Colorado Hospital assigned to IHQSE. He has a dedicated passion for Continuous Improvement, Operational Excellence and Organizational Development that has been the backbone of a diverse career spanning engineering, software, manufacturing and service delivery companies. Ken is a graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology and has also earned a Black Belt in Six Sigma from the University of Colorado. With a strong belief in the need for honest cross-functional collaboration to achieve success, Ken’s achievements have included individual, team and organization training, goal setting, facilitation and mentoring at all levels of the corporate hierarchy. Combined with a commitment to the power of Process and focused on solutions, purposeful change and operational excellence, Ken has driven CI and LSS in the Data Storage, Industrial Management, Satellite Imagery, Defense and Aerospace industries, as well as others. This has resulted in the realization of significant savings and improvement in product and service quality, efficiency, on time delivery, time to market and customer satisfaction.
Gail Armstrong, DNP, PhD, ACNS-BC, CNE is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing (CON) where she has been on faculty for 14 years. Gail has a BA and MA in literature, an MS in Nursing (with a Clinical Nurse Specialist focus), a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree and is finishing a PhD in Nursing Science at Vanderbilt University. In her PhD research, Gail’s focus is patient safety and unit level medication error rates. More than 12 years of Gail’s nursing practice was on a Med/Surg unit at St. Anthony North Hospital. Gail’s teaching in the CON has always included courses on adult Med/Surg nursing, and more recently on quality and safety. Gail’s early work in quality and safety was in her Med/Surg practice and focused on tracking and working to improve patient outcomes on her Med/Surg unit (e.g. falls and decubitus ulcers). Since 2007 Gail has been involved with the national initiative, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). QSEN is an RWJ-funded, nurse-led initiative that provides resources for schools of nursing to implement the five IOM competencies recommended for all healthcare professions students. The University of Colorado CON was an original pilot school in the QSEN initiative. Gail works on the CU CON leadership team to update CU’s pre-licensure clinical courses to reflect updated quality and safety trends. Gail’s curricular work has grown into extensive national consulting with nursing schools and faculty across the country. On the Anschutz Medical Campus, Gail was the lead nursing faculty for the IHI/Macy Foundation collaborative project between the CON and SOM, Retooling for Quality and Safety. This project brought CON and SOM students together to work on QI projects at CHCO and UCH. Gail has received several university-level teaching awards for teaching excellence. Gail’s scholarship has focused on the integration of updated quality and safety content in nursing curricula. 11
Sarah Caffrey first became passionate about process improvement as a paramedic struggling to provide great patient care in a system that was not always supportive. Her quest to learn more about how to improve business processes led her to attend a 4-day seminar with W. Edwards Deming. Within the next few years Sarah went on to graduate from the Deming Scholars MBA Program at Fordham University where she earned formal education in Dr. Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge as well as experience improving processes at Boeing’s Rocketdyne Division, American Express and the General Electric Corporation. After graduating she joined GE where she earned her Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification and progressed through roles of increasing responsibility, culminating in the role of Global Quality Leader for a small division of the company with operations in both the US and Amsterdam. While at GE, Sarah identified and led quality improvement projects that produced over $53 million in combined savings for the company. She also taught and mentored both LEAN and Six Sigma to employees, built a high performing international team from the ground up, and led improvement teams in a variety of areas including lease/loan originations, large scale IT implementations, distribution, and cash flow. After leaving GE in 2007, she successfully launched her own process improvement consulting business where she continued to hone her process improvement skills and help companies realize the full potential of their business processes. After assisting a large national ambulance service achieve reductions in days sales outstanding resulting in $52 million in cash carrying cost savings, Sarah was engaged by Children’s Hospital Colorado to improve patient access with the Neurosciences Institute. This led to the role of CHCO Quality and Process Improvement Director where she spent 3 years working with the hospital to improve processes. Sarah is currently a Process Improvement Director for the UC Health System where she brings her 20 years of process improvement experience and education to assist this Top 10 hospital system realize their continuous improvement goals.2
Ethan Cumbler is an Internal Medicine and Pediatric trained Hospitalist at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). He is a pioneer in the study and practice of inter-professional team-based hospital quality improvement. He created the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Service at UCH and is the Medical Director for UCH’s Medicine unit. This serves as a crucible for testing QI methods for reducing iatrogenic events such as falls or hospital acquired infections using teams of professionals across disciplines. He spearheaded a series of initiatives reducing treatment time for stroke patients recognized by the American Stroke Association. His QI programs for in-hospital stroke and hospital care for the elderly service serve as national models. He heads the National Stroke Association’s In-hospital Stroke QI initiative and speaks nationally on how to improve systems of hospital care for stroke patients. He also serves as faculty for the UCLA Leadership and Management in Geriatrics course and his invited lectures on improving care for the hospitalized elderly have been presented at the National American College of Physicians and Society of Hospital Medicine conferences. Within UCH, he chairs the Geriatric Hospital Leadership Committee and has served in many capacities for the Hospital Medicine Group over the years, including work on patient safety and medical error. His educational approach to teaching patient safety is published by the Association of American Medical Colleges and has been utilized by academic medical centers around the world. Ethan has been a recipient of awards at UCH for excellence in leadership, humanism, education, and quality improvement. He received the annual 2012 National Society of Hospital Medicine Award for Team-Based Quality Improvement for his work over 6 years improving response to in-hospital stroke. Ethan seeks to bring a collaborative approach to system change such that physicians are partners with other disciplines, and the hospital, to create a culture which fosters continuous quality improvement.
Jeff Glasheen is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) where he is the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs—Quality and Safety Education, and the Chief Quality Officer for the University of Colorado Hospital. He was an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and completed his residency training, including a chief residency year, at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He serves as an Assistant Program Director in the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and has developed the residency’s Hospitalist Training Program, which has offered comprehensive hospitalist training to internal medicine residents since 2004. In 2012 he was named the Director of the University of Colorado’s Institute for Healthcare Quality Safety and Efficiency (IHQSE). This pioneering program is charged with enhancing the quality and safety of the care provided at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and the Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO). Jeff is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Board of Directors and past chair of the SHM Academic and Annual Meeting Committees. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) task force charged with overseeing the recognition of Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine (FPHM) board certification for hospitalists. He was the course director for the 2010 Academic Hospitalist Leadership Summit and is the director of the Academic Hospitalist Academy, an annual 4-day meeting aimed at developing early academic hospitalists’ career skills. He served as the Assistant Course Director for the SHM Annual Meeting (2011) and the Course Director the 2012 Meeting in San Diego. He is a past winner of the SHM Award for Excellence in Teaching, former editor of The Hospitalist newsmagazine and currently serves as a Senior Deputy Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. 4
Daniel Hyman currently serves as the Chief Quality Officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He was previously the Chief Children’s Quality Officer and the Chief Medical Officer for Ambulatory Care at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to that, he spent 13 years in general pediatric practice in the Philadelphia area and during that time also served as Medical Director for a Physician/Hospital Organization at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. He received his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed a Pediatric residency at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and received a Masters Degree in Medical Management from Tulane University. Dr. Hyman has served on numerous national leadership committees including the Child Health Quality Council for NACHRI, the Strategic Policy and Advisory Committee for NICHQ, CHA Quality and Performance Committee and he currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Quality and Safety Leaders Forum for Children’s Hospital Association (formerly CHCA/NACHRI). He serves also on the Steering Committee and co-chairs the Measurement Sub-Committee for the Ohio Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety (Hospital Engagement) Network. 5
Patrick Kneeland currently serves as the Director of Safety and Patient Experience within the hospital medicine group at the University of Colorado-Denver Anschutz Medical Campus where he is also a founding faculty member of the Certificate Training Program for the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency. After completing residency in internal medicine at the University of California - San Francisco, Patrick completed a fellowship in Academic Hospital Medicine where he focused on transformation of clinical delivery systems and the role of culture in improving patient safety. Prior to arriving in Colorado in 2013, Patrick led patient safety initiatives while practicing hospital medicine at The Everett Clinic - a forward thinking multi-specialty group near Seattle, WA whose innovations have included collaborating with Boeing to lower healthcare costs. He simultaneously completed a year-long health systems leadership fellowship through the Institute for Physician Leadership at the Center for the Health Professions in San Francisco, CA. He serves as the chair of the Hospital Medicine Collaborative Safety and Quality Review Committee and directs the Hospital Medicine Preceptorship where he led the design of a curriculum focused on creating value in healthcare delivery. Patrick teaches locally and nationally on a variety of leadership and change management topics across wide-ranging disciplines to inspire the next wave of healthcare leaders to drive transformative change within their professional environments.
Joan Nelson is an adult nurse practitioner with a practice and research focus in geriatrics and population management. She has worked with the older adult population since 1997 and has numerous publications on geriatric topics. As an adult nurse practitioner, Nelson provides primary care both in the clinic and in the homes of homebound patients in the Sheridan Health Center catchment area. She is active in directing and managing several quality-improvement projects and is a site evaluator for CCNE.
Nelson earned her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Metropolitan State College in Denver and her master of science as an adult nurse practitioner, her ND and her DNP from the University of Colorado.
Read Pierce is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Colorado Denver (UCD) where he is a hospitalist, clinician-educator, and physician leader. Read has broad interests in medical education, health care systems improvement, health care financing, and policy, and is a graduate of UCSF’s Teaching Scholars Program, UCSF’s Institute for Physician Leadership, and Intermountain Healthcare’s Advanced Training Program. He attended medical school at UCSF, where he completed an Area of Concentration in Health Systems/Health Leadership, and then did his internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before returning to UCSF for residency and chief residency in internal medicine. He subsequently founded the Section of Hospital Medicine at San Francisco VA Medical Center, where he led rapid expansion of the group to include more than a dozen hospitalists covering surgical co-management, medical consultation, and traditional inpatient medicine services. He simultaneously directed an intensive, 2-year training program for UCSF residents seeking advanced skills in quality, safety, health policy, and leadership. In 2012, he moved to UCD, where he directs the first dedicated physician leadership residency program in the country. He oversees quality improvement and clinical innovation for UCD’s Hospital Medicine Group, and currently is designing and implementing an advanced systems improvement training program for faculty and staff through the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency. He is an active member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, Society of General Internal Medicine, and the American College of Physicians.Read Pierce, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Colorado Denver (UCD), where he is a hospitalist, educator, and physician leader. Read has broad interests in education, health care systems redesign, health care financing, policy, and clinical innovation. He attended medical school at UCSF, where he completed an Area of Concentration in Health Systems/Health Leadership, and then did his internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before returning to UCSF for residency and chief residency in internal medicine. He has pursued additional training through UCSF’s Teaching Scholars Program, UCSF’s Institute for Physician Leadership, Intermountain Healthcare’s Advanced Training Program, and Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. Following his residency, he founded the Section of Hospital Medicine at San Francisco VA Medical Center, where he led rapid expansion of the group to include more than a dozen hospitalists covering surgical co-management, medical consultation, and traditional inpatient medicine services. He simultaneously directed an intensive, 2-year training program for UCSF residents seeking advanced skills in quality, safety, health policy, and leadership. In 2012, he moved to UCD, where he directs the first dedicated physician leadership residency program in the country. He oversees quality improvement and clinical innovation for UCD’s Hospital Medicine Group, and directs a broad portfolio of operational and educational programs focused on systems redesign in his role as Associate Director for CU’s Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency. He is an active member of the Society of Hospital Medicine.8
Darlene B. Tad-y, MD joined the IHQSE faculty in 2014. As the Director for GME Quality and Safety Programs, Darlene has created GME-wide educational programs that integrate quality and safety initiatives into resident training. Her work with the Institute focuses on integrating residents into quality and safety initiatives with our clinical partners, and creating opportunities for learning in those activities. Darlene is also an Associate Program Director in the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Hospitalist Training Program. She has been instrumental in the development of educational programs around quality improvement and patient safety for the IMRP as well as the implementation of competency-based trainee evaluation. Also, as the Associate Director for Education in the hospital medicine group,she works closely with the program and service line directors to oversee the various educational programs offered by the hospitalist group. Darlene is a Fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine and a member of the Academy of Medical Educators.9
Jennifer Wiler is Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM). She is a graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She is the former Assistant Medical Director at Hahnemann University Hospital and Assistant Clinical Service Chief and Medical Director of Observation Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. She has served in numerous state and national leadership positions and is currently an Alternate of the American Medical Association RBRVS Updates Committee (RUC), Immediate Past-Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) EM Practice Committee, Alternate Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates for Emergency Medicine, a former Chair of the American Medical Association's Women Physicians Congress, a member of the ACEP Quality and Performance and Reimbursement Committees, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Medical Society. She has been nationally recognized for her expertise in professional reimbursement, operations, quality, patient safety and health policy and has published widely on the topics.