CS&E News - Fall 2012

MD Anderson's Joseph Steele, M.D., center, receives certificate naming him a UT System Fellow. Honoring Steele are Kenneth Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor of health affairs at left and MD Anderson's Greg Botz, M.D.

Fall 2012

Steele named UT System CS&E Fellow

MD Anderson’s Joseph Steele, M.D., was one of three UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Fellows named at the annual CS&E Conference in San Antonio.

Steele, associate professor of diagnostic radiology, was joined by Lois Bready, M.D., of UT Health Science Center – San Antonio and Gulshan Sharma, M.D., of UT Medical Branch as the latest class of fellows during the conference awards dinner.

At the beginning of the September meeting, MD Anderson’s Clinical Process Analysis group conducted a workshop on the cancer center’s program to use flow charts to map clinic processes and use direct labor costs to determine opportunities for improvement of the processes. The CPA group consists of Manager Laurie Kaufman along with Gina Aranzamendez, Courtney Barnes, Beverly Hayes and Valerie Haywood.

Four projects received awards. UT Southwestern’s Phillip Greilich, M.D., and Eleanor Phelps, R.N., were awarded first prize for their project “Reducing Deep Sternal Wound Infections.” The second place went to the project “EMR-Based Clinical Pathway for Pressure Ulcer Detection, Preventions and Treatment” by UT Southwestern’s Chanhaeng Rhee, M.D. and Phelps. The project “Improving Core Measures in an Academic Institution” won third place for Lindsay K. Sonstein, M.D., of UT Medical Branch. The sustainability award went to Brandy J. McKelvey, M.D., of UT Health Science Center at Houston for the project “Extension of Daily Spontaneous Breathing Trial Protocol into Other ICUs.”

Sherry Martin, former vice president for performance improvement at MD Anderson, announced her retirement as Chancellor’s Health Fellow for Clinical Effectiveness Programs. Kenneth Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor of health affairs, announced that Jan Patterson, M.D., of the UT Health Science Center – San Antonio is the new Chancellor Health Fellow.

MD Anderson faculty and staff had 46 posters accepted for the conference and gave 15 oral presentations.

The date for the 2013 UT System CS&E conference is September 26-27 in San Antonio. For more information see UT CS&E Building Bridge Conference.

MD Anderson hosts Engineering, Celebrating Events

The inaugural UT System Systems Engineering in Healthcare Conference and the annual Celebrating Improvement at MD Anderson were the key events for Quality Month at the cancer center.

More than 300 registered for the engineering meeting that was hosted by Kenneth Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor of health affairs, and MD Anderson’s Victoria Jordan, Ph.D., chancellor’s health fellow for systems engineering. Arizona State’s Denis Cortese, M.D., and MIT’s Steven J. Spear, D.B.A., were the keynote speakers for the meeting held Oct. 10.

Spear was also the speaker at the next day’s Celebrating Improvement at MD Anderson. The event and following poster reception honored more than 120 teams comprised of more than 1,000 faculty and staff. The event recognized projects by milestones achieved in using the Plan Do Study Act improvement methodology.

Top honors went to projects in Act stage along with those projects with gains sustained more than a year (Act +) and those that have spread to other areas of the institution (Act ++). Here are numbers of projects in the three Act stages:

  • 13 projects received a Spread (Act++) for those projects that had spread or been adopted by other areas.
  • 13 projects received a Sustained status (Act +) for maintaining project gains over 12 months
  • 72 projects received a Results status (Act) where projects demonstrated a measurable improvement

MD Anderson Posters at ASCO Quality Conference

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has accepted 37 abstracts from MD Anderson faculty and staff for the first Quality Care Symposium Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in San Diego, CA. For more information, see Quality Care Symposium.

Deadlines set for next CS&E Sessions

Deadlines are nearing for next session of the institution’s Clinical Safety and Effectiveness (CS&E) course.

The program is offered two times a year by the Office of Performance Improvement. Each session consists of eight course days over several months, with a required project submission. The deadline for teams to register for Session 18, which starts in January, is Friday, Nov. 16. The deadline for Session 19, which begins in March, is Friday, Feb. 8.

If you’re interested in being part of a team enrolled in the CS&E course, contact Cathy LaComb at 713-563-0171.