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Project GREAT


Gratitude: Recognizing Excellent Anesthesia Teamwork   Nominations – Please send nominations to anesthesia.wellness@ucdenver.edu.  Please include the name of the person/people you are grateful for, as well as any details you would like shared with their award.

The Science Behind Project GREAT: The Science behind Gratitude

  Previous winners:

 Dr. Chris Nichols

I would like to nominate Chris Nichols for Project GREAT recognition. He has always been the consummate colleague and has helped me out on a number of occasions, in a number of situations. When I have had patients who needed to be admitted to intensive care (I am a dentist anesthesiologist and this is a rare occasion), he has been extraordinarily helpful while I navigated the system, staying with the patient and I until everything is settled. He does this simply because he is a fantastic team player—he certainly is not required to be there! He even has helped me when I was looking for a specific office on campus that I had never been to, walking me right to the door. Dr. Nichols has a calming influence, a super friendly demeanor, and is always willing to pitch in for the greater good. He certainly deserves recognition.
I would like to nominate Chris Nichols and Rich Ing for the GREAT award.  Chris and Rich went above and beyond to help me in the OR recently with a patient.  Chris gave up academic time and Rich came in early to help out.  They both epitomize team players and are just GREAT people to work with.  I appreciated their help and expertise during this case.  This patient got excellent care because of their willingness to help.
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 Dr. Richard Ing

I would like to nominate Chris Nichols and Rich Ing for the GREAT award.  Chris and Rich went above and beyond to help me in the OR recently with a patient.  Chris gave up academic time and Rich came in early to help out.  They both epitomize team players and are just GREAT people to work with.  I appreciated their help and expertise during this case.  This patient got excellent care because of their willingness to help.2

 Dr. Ben Scott

I would like to formally nominate Ben Scott for a Project GREAT award.  Over the past month, Ben Scott has volunteered time on multiple occasions to help cover the operating room or ICU so that I could attend critical meetings and participate in fellowship interviews. In addition, Ben has contributed significant time and effort into preparation for our new critical care fellows arriving this July.  Ben is always a consummate teamplayer and great colleague and is well deserving of this award.3

 Dr. Steve Zeichner

Steve Z is part of the University team that covers OB at the MFCU at Children’s.  In 3/2016 while on call in the main OR, I had a craniotomy coming to the OR emergently for an epidural hematoma while covering an anesthetist in another room.  I called him for help and he arrived faster than I would have thought possible, calmly assisted with the induction of the 8 year old, and once we were safely underway in that room, volunteered to go to the other room and check in/lend a hand if need be.  I know he has been called a couple of other times by our main OR team to assist in various situations, and has never been anything but cheerful, helpful, and courteous to everyone involved.  I’m very grateful to have him as a partner and I think he truly exemplifies the teamwork and collaboration that can take place between the University group and the CHCO group.4

 Dr. Tamas Seres

I would like to nominate Tomas Seres.  He was incredibly helpful with a very difficult case we had in the TACS room. He was incredibly busy with his own rooms, but still managed to help me with a challenging differential diagnosis in a very sick patient last week.  Tomas is the epitome of collegial – he is rarely if ever judgmental and always makes himself available to lend a hand in complex patients.  He even followed up the next day to support our diagnostics and help the patient.5

 Dr. Gee Mai Tan

I took care of a 28 days old baby with an anterior mediastinal mass at interventional radiology. Gee Mei Tan was incredibly helpful in facilitating communication and helping me get the case under way. IR is an isolated environment and her presence helped me feel comfortable taking care of this baby there. This in turn helped the radiologist by working in a  familiar environment and having all the necessary equipment right at hand. Thank you Gee Mei, I appreciate you!
 
I want to nominate Gee Mei Tan for the GREAT award. On April 20th, Gee Mei was assigned to MRI on a “parallel process” day. Gee Mei demonstrated exceptional leadership, organizational skills and teamwork to keep everything in radiology (not only MRI) running on time. The first time slot in MRI was triple booked (3 cases to start at 0730, with the next MRI to immediately follow) due to an urgent add on to assess for infection. With the help of an additional anesthetist, Gee Mei was able to start all three locations with minimal delay. She continued identifying additional resources throughout the day to keep the schedule running smoothly (ie. an anesthetist comes to offer a break, and she has them start the next MRI scan with her). In addition, she helped to keep the non-MRI anesthesiologist (Rad 2) on time by using her team to complete several of the scans on the Rad 2 schedule. She also used her team to help with at least one combination case in the Procedure Center. Her team of anesthetists was also exceptional in their teamwork, flexibility, and dedication to providing efficient care (Chris Craver & Kevin Blick primarily, with Megan Tait & Chris Perez helping as well).  As the board runner that day, I was impressed with Gee Mei’s ability to coordinate all of these radiology cases and minimize delays experienced by the patients. She not only kept her own schedule running efficiently, but also identified appropriate resources to help out her colleague
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 Dr. Marina Shindell

I would like to nominate Marina Shindell.  Doing our call schedule is a thankless job, and she does it as gracefully and kindly as possible.  She is constantly emailed and triages all our personal and professional issues with the utmost privacy, which goes under-appreciated.  I do not have a specific incident, but rather a stream of hundreds of times that she has offered help to all those around her.  She allows people to create their own schedules if they wish (unheard of in any job, let alone medicine), and tries to accommodate ALL vacation  requests because she knows we need time away to do our jobs well.  She embodies the idea unbiased teamwork and I am grateful that she chooses to work so tirelessly to make our busy work/home lives easier to manage. 7

 Dr. Matt Wilder

I took care of a patient with complex past medical history. Originally the case was booked in Matt Wilder’s room. I have a good relationship with the parents of this child and they asked me to take care of their daughter. Matt was not only very understanding of the situation but helped me formulate the plan and when the case was moved out of his room he continued to show dedication to this patient. He helped to start the case (I was working by myself…well, with an SAA), checked on me during the case and offered to watch over the patient in PACU as I had to attend some administrative responsibilities.
Thank you Matt, you made my day so much easier!
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 Nikki Block C-AA

I would like to nominate Nikki Block for the GREAT award.  Nikki has the most amazing ability to balance an incredible amount of responsibility with grace.  She has constantly gone over and above her role as AA Program Director by dedicating every bit of herself to the students and their growth.  She also participates in countless committees and donates her time to further our profession.  Professionalism is her passion and we have all directly benefitted from that in Colorado. Nikki consistently recognizes others (faculty and students) with praise and builds positive relationships with them while still maintaining boundaries as a Director.  Her ability to give constructive criticism allows for students to excel while also building their confidence – a difficult balance to achieve. Nikki is an incredible motivator, teacher, Director, instructor and teammate.  Her open door policy with the students has created a trusting learning environment that allows the students to feel supported unconditionally. Nikki is GREAT and I hope she will be considered for this recognition!9

 Elizabeth Propst CRNA

I just wanted to recognize one of the CRNAs Beth Muntean for her help on Saturday night. We were slammed and she was so helpful. She stayed with the patient and took vitals/removed IV/helped to the bathroom, etc. and really went above and beyond while we were so busy. Could not have done it without her help. Just want to make sure she gets the kudos she deserves!10

 Sherri Sokolovich CRNA

Wanted to let you know that Sherri sokolovich had a unexpected code with Dr. gravlee in G.I. and stayed to resuscitate the patient and transport. She was a 10 hour today but didn't get out of the hospital until 630 to 7. I just wanted you to know that she put in a little extra time and a lot of extra work today. Thanks! 11

 Monica Alvarez C-AA

I would like to nominate the team of Monica Alvarez, AA-C, Angela Poynter, CRNA, and Chris Craver, CRNA for their work at the Childrens North ASC on Friday, August 12th.  On a day complicated by one surgeon being stuck at the main hospital all morning and another surgeon whose fellow was not credentialed, the anesthesia team worked seamlessly with the OR staff to provide superior care to all patients. Despite multiple schedule adjustments and room changes, we kept the OR moving and had fun doing it. It is a pleasure to work with such talented and professional individuals.12

 Angela Pointer CRNA

I would like to nominate the team of Monica Alvarez, AA-C, Angela Poynter, CRNA, and Chris Craver, CRNA for their work at the Childrens North ASC on Friday, August 12th.  On a day complicated by one surgeon being stuck at the main hospital all morning and another surgeon whose fellow was not credentialed, the anesthesia team worked seamlessly with the OR staff to provide superior care to all patients. Despite multiple schedule adjustments and room changes, we kept the OR moving and had fun doing it. It is a pleasure to work with such talented and professional individuals.13

 Chris Craver CRNA

I would like to nominate the team of Monica Alvarez, AA-C, Angela Poynter, CRNA, and Chris Craver, CRNA for their work at the Childrens North ASC on Friday, August 12th.  On a day complicated by one surgeon being stuck at the main hospital all morning and another surgeon whose fellow was not credentialed, the anesthesia team worked seamlessly with the OR staff to provide superior care to all patients. Despite multiple schedule adjustments and room changes, we kept the OR moving and had fun doing it. It is a pleasure to work with such talented and professional individuals.14

 Ben Bafields C-AA

Michelle Cederburg (peds anesthesia fellow) and I brought back a challenging patient towards the beginning of the evening for an elective procedure. The patient was transported directed to the OR from the NICU. Chris immediately met us upon arrival to the OR to help transfer the patient to the OR table (i.e IV pole, 2 foley bags, intubated, etc). Upon connecting the patient to the monitors, she was found profoundly hypercarbic. For the next hour, we proceeded to investigate the cause of her hypercarbia as a team: Michelle, Chris, Ben and myself. Ben and Chris were not assigned to any clinical duties and willingly chipped in to help Michelle and me stabilize our patient.15

 Chris Perez CRNA

Michelle Cederburg (peds anesthesia fellow) and I brought back a challenging patient towards the beginning of the evening for an elective procedure. The patient was transported directed to the OR from the NICU. Chris immediately met us upon arrival to the OR to help transfer the patient to the OR table (i.e IV pole, 2 foley bags, intubated, etc). Upon connecting the patient to the monitors, she was found profoundly hypercarbic. For the next hour, we proceeded to investigate the cause of her hypercarbia as a team: Michelle, Chris, Ben and myself. Ben and Chris were not assigned to any clinical duties and willingly chipped in to help Michelle and me stabilize our patient.16

 Chris Patton CRNA

I nominate Chris Patton for the GREAT award.  He and I had a complicated patient with terrible IV access which turned in to an infiltrated EJ.  He checked in on that patient numerous times throughout the day, as well as the day after her surgery and emailed me how she was doing since he knew I was going on vacation.  Truly a fantastic team player and much appreciated.  Encompasses the reasons we created this award perfectly.17

 Jason Papazion MD

​Via QI submission:
Jason did a great job of remaining calm. Good communication occurred between anesthesia (Jason) and Dr. Montero. They concurred that the safest option for the patient was to postpone surgery.
 
 
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 Matt Victor MD

I would like to nominate Matt Victor, for his extensive work in getting Broomfield up and running, and his unwavering dedication to make sure that there is the proper coverage and support out there at any given time. He has made it known to the staff there that they can call him for support anytime. He deserves a lot of credit for much of the progress that has been made out there so far, as well as some of our other faculty members (Chris Lace and the rest of the Broomfield team).
Also nominated by another faculty member for taking over a case, so that person could do a fellow-level case on OB

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 Sheri Sokolovich CRNA

​Sherri Sokolovich had a unexpected code with Dr. gravlee in G.I. and stayed to resuscitate the patient and transport. She was a 10 hour today but didn't get out of the hospital until 630 to 7. I just wanted you to know that she put in a little extra time and a lot of extra work today. Thanks! 20

 Kristen VanDeVelde

Kristen VDV, for facilitating us how to handle the unexpected incredibly sad   loss of Joe Martin. Knowing how close this has been for Kristen, it is amazing how she has been able to emotionally cope with it and still help others 'swallow' it.
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 Alan Bielsky MD

Recognized by a mother who said “he did an amazing job during the procedure appointment, explained things very well, and they were very happy to work with him”

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 Elizabeth Cerimele CRNA

Via QI submission: Her patient requested to have her daughter translate for her instead of using a medical interpreter. Elizabeth ensured proper procedure was followed by having the patient sign a “Non-Medical Interpreter Waiver” before going through the anesthesia consent. 23

 Benjamin Abrams MD

During the timeout, he and the team in the OR identified the patient had the incorrect MRN listed on the armband. A new armband was made and a new time out was performed prior to incision. 24