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Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital quality leader completes fellowship program

February 5, 2015

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital recognized Kimberly Richardson, CPHQ, director of quality and risk management, for successfully completing the 2014 Improvement Leader Fellowship program conducted by the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Richardson completed coursework and participated in monthly peer-to-peer learning sessions to build robust skills in leading quality and patient safety improvement initiatives. The sessions were led by faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a global non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Throughout the program, quality leaders, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and other frontline staff learned key concepts related to the Science of Improvement. Learning sessions were conducted live with groups of fellows in a different state each month and live-streamed to all fellows nationwide in an interactive, online format. The May learning session was conducted in Topeka and focused on strategies to increase patient and family engagement in their care and in hospital patient safety initiatives.

“We are fortunate that Kim is developing her expertise as an improvement leader for our organization,” said Adele Ducharme, Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital CEO. “The training has been invaluable, and we are already benefiting from the skills and knowledge she has gained.”

In Kansas, nearly 70 quality leaders from 64 hospitals across the state participated in the Improvement Leader Fellowship program this year offered through the AHA/HRET Hospital Engagement Network and coordinated statewide by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative.

“I’m thrilled to add a new and deeper level of understanding to the important work we do at Saint Luke’s Cushing for the local community,” Richardson said. “The experience of peer-to-peer learning with expert faculty across the nation has been phenomenal. Our focus has been to learn from one another to create a strong culture and systems for safety across the board within our own organizations.”

HRET offered the fellowship program each year from 2012 to November 2014 in support of the AHA/HRET Hospital Engagement Network and the Partnership for Patients campaign. In total, nearly 2,500 hospital improvement leaders of all disciplines in 31 states took part in the HRET Improvement Leader Fellowship program with the aim of making care safer for patients in U.S. hospitals.

“We congratulate Kim and other Kansas fellows who made the commitment to complete this outstanding training program,” Kendra Tinsley, executive director of the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, said. “Improvement fellows are truly making an impact within their organizations and are emerging as quality leaders at the state and national levels.”