2021 Patient Safety & Quality Summit

Event Details

June 22-24, 2021  |  11 am - 1 pm Daily  |  Zoom Virtual Event
  • $75 Regular Rate ($12.50 per credit hour)
  • 6.0 Continuing Education Credits Pending for Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and Compliance/Risk Managers

This three-day virtual event will explore how COVID-19, vaccinations, social determinants and wellness impact our health care system, patient care and our workforce. The event will include keynote, panels and breakout sessions that feature submissions from our second poster competition. Winners of the competition will be announced throughout the week. This summit will weave themes of social determinants of health, COVID-19, vaccines, bioethics and frontline wellness into all sessions and speakers. DCHA is pleased to provide educational and development opportunities, such as the PSQ Summit, at a low cost to DC member hospitals with an aim to cover expenses only.

Agenda, Learning Objectives, Faculty/Planner Disclosures, Credit Information/Hours & Criteria for Completion

Tuesday, June 22 
11 am - Noon  |  Poster Presentations

A Palliative and Critical Care Medicine Collaboration to Improve COVID-19 Care

Dr. Erica Schockett, The George Washington University Hospital

Provider Safety is Patient Safety: An Assessment of Health Care Workers' Perception of Safety and Vaccination Uptake During the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr. Adeyinka Laiyemo, Howard University Hospital

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Screening in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Emergency Department
Dr. Sofia Perazzo, Children's National Hospital

Do These Labs Really Need to be Q6?
Sophie Roberts, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

The Role of Inpatient Rehabilitation Interventions in Reducing Acute Care Transfers and Length of Stay in COVID-19 Positive Stroke Patients
Dr. Jared Astrow, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital

Maximizing COVID-19 Intubation Safety: A Multimodal, Multidisciplinary Approach
Dr. Eric Heinz, The George Washington University Hospital

Empowering PeriAnesthesia Nurses Through Education to Re-Deploy to the ICU During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Margaret Young, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Reducing the Risk of Intraventricular Hemorrhage in Very Low Birth Weight Neonates: Implementation of a Multi-Disciplinary Clinical Protocol in a Level 3B NICU
Sabina Conner, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Utilizing Rapid-Cycle Improvement Methodology to Improve Time to Antibiotics for Adult Oncology Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Febrile Neutropenia at a Community Hospital
Dr. Vicky Zhu, Sibley Memorial Hospital

Noon - 1 pm  |  Panel  |  Social Determinants of Health: Moving from Thought to Action

This session will build upon last year’s panel by discussing the steps necessary to convert ideas into actions, addressing common barriers, and discussing innovative solutions to advancing social determinants of health services in the District. Hear from your colleagues how they are putting ideas in motion to address social determinants of health needs and deliver better health outcomes across the District by leveraging person-centered data and health information exchange systems.


  • Ruth Williams-Brinkley (moderator), Regional President, Mid-Atlantic States, Kaiser Permanente
  • Tonga Turner, Director of Community Health, Mid-Atlantic States, Kaiser Permanente
  • Laura Mandel, Project Manager, Community Resource Information Exchange (CoRIE), CRISP DC
  • Rita Torkzadeh, Project Manager for CoRIE at DC Department of Health Care Finance
  • Melissa Baiyewu, Project Lead for the DC Health Matters Collaborative; Program Manager, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Children’s National Hospital

Wednesday, June 23
11 am - Noon  |  Poster Presentations

Implementation of a Multi-Disciplinary Post-Operative Pain Management Protocol in Kidney/Kidney Pancreas Transplant Recipients
Shahzia Lekhani, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Emergency Department Capacity Management & Cohorting During a Global Pandemic
Dr. Maureen Bell, Howard University Hospital

Using the Berg Balance Scale to Predict Falls in Patients Post Stroke in Inpatient Rehabilitation
Maria Summers, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital

The Role of Rehabilitative Services in Addressing Barriers for Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19: A Case Study
Diana Linn, The George Washington University Hospital

A Nurse-Driven Approach to Nutrition Initiation in the ICU
Rachel Sabin, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

The Value of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Indwelling Catheters: AKA Why the Foley (WTF)?
Sara Gibbs, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital

Video Case Review for Quality Improvement During Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation in the Emergency Department
Dr. Joseph Brooks, The George Washington University Hospital

From Push to Pull: Shifting the Cause Analysis Paradigm
Kathryn Merkeley, Children's National Hospital

Noon - 1 pm  |  Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Christine Grady is Researching America's Ethical Response to COVID-19. Learn more.

Thursday, June 24
11 am - Noon  |  Poster Presentations

Utilizing Quality and Safety Rounds to Improve Bundle Compliance
Chantel Skipper, The George Washington University Hospital

Wound Reduction Rate and Improvement
Andrea Brown, BridgePoint Healthcare

The Effectiveness of Sleep-Promoting Interventions on Patient Satisfaction and Orientation Status
Caroline Lawe, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Improving Hand Hygiene Through Coaching and Cascading Compliance
Laura Dutzman, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Improving Pain Reassessments and Documentation in the NICU
Smitha Israel, Children's National Hospital

COVID-19 in the Inpatient Dialysis Setting
Leslie Senyitko, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Get the Team Rolling: Proning the COVID Patient
Caitlin Litchfield, The George Washington University Hospital

The Impact of Vaccination on the SARS-CoV-2 Infection Rate Among Health Care Workers and Individuals in Care at a 292-Bed Psychiatric Hospital
Elaine Tu, St. Elizabeths Hospital

Noon - 1 pm  |  Panel  |  Frontline Wellness/Moral Injury

This session will explore the existential issues at the core of burnout, discuss the relationship between wellness and burnout, and provide strategies for recognizing early signs of moral distress. Panelists will highlight personal identity questions, discuss personal versus collective identity, and amplify the importance of emotional awareness. This session will provide tools to build a framework for managing stress and building future resilience.

  • Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, FAPA, President, Washington Psychiatric Society; Director of Psychiatry Residency Training Program, St Elizabeths Hospital
  • Philip Candilis, MD, Director of Medical Affairs, St Elizabeths Hospital
  • Lorenzo Norris, MD, Chapter President, Washington Psychiatric Society; Medical Director of Psychiatric & Behavioral Services, George Washington University Hospital

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