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    Healthy Baby Symposium

    Thursday, September 20, 2012
    Time: 12:00 PM
    Registration Time:
    Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
    181 Boston Post Road W
    Marlborough, MA 01752


    Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts, The March of Dimes and the Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts

    Click here for the forum program



    Searching the Clinical Landscape: The Quest for Quality
    Jeffrey Horbar, MD
    Chief Executive and Scientific Officer, Vermont Oxford Network
    Jerold F. Lucey Professor of Neonatal Medicine, University of Vermont



    The Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative: Bridging the Quality Gap Between Mothers and Babies

    Glenn Markenson, MD  

    The Potential of Regional Quality Collaboratives: Nosocomial Infections in Massachusetts NICAlan Picarillo, MD

    Alan Picarillo, MD

    Building Interdisciplinary Teams for QI Work: Keys for Success Patricia Noga, RN PhD MBA

    Patricia Noga, RN PhD MBA




    Building Blocks from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement: the Model for Improvement and PDSA

    Deborah Bell-Polson, MSN RNC-OB

    The plan-do-study-act cycle and the IHI’s Model for Improvement have been long-standing cornerstones of quality improvement. In this workshop, participants will review the basics of these techniques, see examples of their implementation in perinatal care, and then will have the opportunity to draft an approach to their own improvement initiatives using these methods.  

    Root Cause Analysis: A How-To Guide

    Gautham Suresh, MBBS MD MS

    Root cause analysis (RCA) is a fundamental tool in patient safety that allows us to use adverse events as learning opportunities for improving our systems of care. In this interactive, case-based work-shop, participants will learn the basic steps of conducting an effective and efficient RCA, and will be able to discuss challenges they’ve encountered in performing RCAs in their own hospitals.  

    Quality Improvement by the Numbers: Run Charts, Control Charts, and Statistical Process Control

    Munish Gupta, MD MMSc; James Benneyan, PhD

    Statistical process control (SPC) is a branch of statistics that sup-ports quality improvement work through quantitative analysis of data over time. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of SPC methods, including the core tools of run charts and control charts, and will be led through exercises to demonstrate their use in actual QI projects.  

    Introduction to Patient-Centered Lean and "A3" Problem Solving

    Lori Pelletier, MBA PhD

    This workshop will introduce you to the principles of Patient-Centered Lean and the A3 problem solving process. Patient-centered Lean is a process methodology for improving patient centered care, staff satisfaction, quality, safety, and efficiency. The core idea is to maximize patient value while minimizing waste. This workshop will help you develop the skills necessary to apply Patient-Centered Lean problem solving and process efficiency tools in your work area.  

    Promoting Positive Family Outcomes thru Key Partnerships

    Joanna Celenza, MA MBA; Susan Berliner, LICSW; Karin Lindfors, MA MS

    This workshop will explore opportunities to partner with families throughout the NICU journey. An overview of evidence-based family-centered care practices will provide a framework that fosters parental identity and competence throughout this journey. The unique perspective of a family member can also be leveraged as a partner in quality improvement; examples of successful partner-ships with family advisors in neonatal quality improvement will be presented. In addition to focusing on opportunities for improving the involvement of families during the NICU stay, the workshop will also showcase "Fragile Beginnings", a home-visiting program that provides a vital bridge of support for families of preemies in the transition home.  

    Strategies to Improve the Use of Mother’s Own Milk in NICU's: How Neonatal Providers Can Make a Difference

    Mary M. Lussier, BSN IBCLC; Kathleen A. Marinelli, MD IBCLC FABM FAAP

    While mother’s own milk is recognized as the optimal nutrition for all newborns, numerous barriers persist that limit its use in our NICU's. During this interactive workshop, we will briefly review the evidence supporting the use of mother’s milk, and discuss practical strategies for educating mothers and health care providers on the importance of human milk for high-risk infants, supporting mothers to establish and maintain an abundant milk supply, and increase the incidence and success of breastfeeding in the NICU.  

    Non-Invasive Respiratory Support of the Preterm Newborn: Taking Your Practice to the Next Level

    Matthew McNally, RRT; Vineet Bhandari, MD DM

    Non-invasive respiratory support can be critical in minimizing lung injury in preterm newborns, yet many neonatal units struggle with optimal use of modes such as CPAP and NIPPV. In this workshop, we’ll briefly review the evidence behind non-invasive support, and then focus on practical aspects of its use in clinical practice using hands-on models. Participants will be asked to share their local practices, and challenges and successes will be discussed as a group.

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    A major focus of this conference is to share the outstanding quality and safety work being done in hospitals and networks throughout New England. Those presenting can get invaluable feedback on their projects, and all of us can get great ideas by seeing the work being done by peers and colleagues. We invite you to submit an abstract on a quality or safety project related to perinatal or newborn care. These can be projects that are completed or ongoing. Abstracts will be reviewed by the planning committee, and selected abstracts will be invited for presentation at the plenary session or at the poster fair. Selected abstracts will be published in meeting materials for distribution at the conference.


    Abstract guidelines:

    one page maximum, including title, authors, figures, and tables

    include author institutions, and contact information for lead author

    suggested format: project aim, brief background, methods, results, and discussion

    submit electronically to Munish Gupta (mgupta@bidmc.harvard.edu) or Alan Picarillo (alan.picarillo@umassmemorial.org)

    Abstract dates:

    Submit by: AUGUST 22, 2012. Review notification to authors: SEPTEMBER 1, 2012




    $60 Conference & CME/CEUs - $45 Conference only


    Lunch & Reception included

    Student or trainee contact Alexis Travis at atravis@marchofdimes.com for registration.



    Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel

    181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752

    Take exit 24b off Interstate 495. Hotel is one mile on the right.



    Munish Gupta (mgupta@bidmc.harvard.edu)

    Alan Picarillo (alan.picarillo@umassmemorial.org)




    Our local sponsors

    BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts neoQICresized


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