IHA Update

Thank You to Our Summer Interns

From left to right: Maddy Bettegnies, Mallory Utley, Trevor Cunningham, Samantha Kupiainen and Jeannie Hsu

IHA was pleased to welcome five interns to our team this summer—two in our communications department and three to our patient safety team. They came from various schools and diverse backgrounds, but all have a passion for the field of health care. Meet our interns below.

  • Maddy Bettegnies was an advocacy communications intern this summer. She will be graduating from Indiana University in December with a degree in health care management and policy with a history minor.
  • Trevor Cunningham was a patient safety intern this summer. He is a senior at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) studying health services management.
  • Jeannie Hsu, patient safety intern, graduated this spring from Indiana University with a degree in health care management and policy.
  • Samantha Kupiainen served as a communications intern this summer. She is a junior at Ball State University studying journalism with a concentration in magazine media and a minor in public health.
  • Mallory Utley, a patient safety intern, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in human development and family studies. Mallory is a returning intern, having previously worked in our communications department this past spring.

Patrick Nielsen Joins IHA’s Patient Safety Team

Patrick Nielsen joined the IHA patient safety team in July as patient safety data analyst. In this role, Patrick is responsible for analyzing and monitoring metrics related to patient safety and quality. Prior to joining IHA, he was a quality management project assistant at Rush Oak Park Hospital in Illinois and summer associate at MaineGeneral Health. Before that, Patrick served as an administrative project assistant in the department of internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center. He received his Bachelor of Arts in sociology and Asian studies from DePauw University and his Master of Science in health systems management from Rush University in Illinois.

Council on Quality and Patient Safety Update

On June 7, the Council on Quality and Patient Safety began its quarterly meeting by featuring an external partner collaboration that IHA has with the Atom Alliance/Qsource. Mitzi Daffron, Indiana program director of Atom Alliance/Qsource, discussed common work and QIN-QIO projects. Qsource and IHA are working together against the opioid crisis and adverse drug events (ADEs). Karin Kennedy and Annette Handy with the Indiana Patient Safety Center (IPSC) gave a brief update on the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) and introduced the launch of the UP Campaign. The Workplace Violence Preparedness Survey results were also presented to the council. Data showed that 90 percent of respondents have a workplace violence protocol in place, but only 34.1 percent have a behavioral intervention protocol in place. As many as 70 percent of respondents do not have signage alerting to workplace violence repercussions, and funding is the highest barrier to improving workplace violence protocols. Andy VanZee, IHA vice president, discussed advanced care planning. IHA is exploring the concept of a statewide registry for advanced care planning documents, which would include everything from power of attorney to organ donor documents. IHA will send its approach following an environmental scan and take to it to the IHA board for approval.

Council on Workforce Development Update

At the June 1 Council on Workforce Development meeting, discussion ranged from nursing workforce issues and opportunities to continued education for hospital employees. Calvin Thomas and Dr. Jewel Diller gave a detailed look at the Achieve Your Degree (AYD) program at Ivy Tech Community College. Kelly Hall, a clinical coordinator for the Indiana University School of Medicine in Terre Haute, represented ACEMAPP at the meeting and gave a short demonstration of how ACEMAPP can help hospitals around the state as a secure, online, clinical rotation matching, on-boarding and document storage solution for clinical sites, schools and consortia. Moving forward, ACEMAPP and IHA will bring an implementation plan to the council for approval. The IHA advocacy team discussed the establishment of licensure for social workers with bachelor’s degrees and reciprocity for social workers to practice in other states, including as marriage counselors, among other updates from the 2017 legislative session wrapup. A representative from College for America (CfA) concluded the meeting with an overview of how CfA is getting involved with Indiana health care workers and working to meet the educational needs for working adults, especially those without a college degree.