Saturday, January 29, 2022

Straight Talk



Straight Talk
Allen S Weiss, M.D.
President & CEO NCH Healthcare System

We have a multitude of “stars” at NCH, and at the recent Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 26th annual meeting in Orlando, NCH stars had a major presence, with 58 colleagues attending and the following 40 presenting. Additional authors and a picture gallery of our folks can be found on

Tracy Britto: “Something to Talk About: Medication Education”

Angela Devaney: “Quality Improvement through Bedside Shift Report”

Alicia Dalto: “Decreasing Fallouts”

Melanie Huber: “Educate Before You Medicate”

Sarah Horner: “Smart Room Stroke Education: Giving Time Back to the RN”

Maria Stewart: “Exclusive Breast Feeding”

Karen Andiorio: “Initial Latch”

Kevin Turner and Nicole Millich: “Stepping up Fall Prevention for the Rehabilitation Patient”

Marolyn Heatwole: “Implementing New Onset Diabetic Checklist for the Pediatric Patient”

Courtney Sargent: “Cue Based Feeding for the NICU Population”

Omar Villarreal: “Code Save a Brain Process: Achieving Best Practices to Improve Door to TPA Time”

Georgine Kruedelbach: “Investigation and Management of a Mycobacterium Pacemaker Surgical Site Infection Outbreak in the EP Lab”

Theresa Morrison and Jackie Raffaele: “Impact of Personalized Re-education with Nurses Caring for Central Lines”

Debra Harper: “Implementation of Evidenced Based Practice for Glycemic Control: Did It Make a Difference at our Hospital?”

Susan Reilly: “Decrease Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers Stage II and Greater (HAPU 2+)”

Ann Mellema and Hope Goodwin: “Sepsis Irradiation: It Takes a Team”

Carolyn Smith: “Will Implementation of Daily Chlorhexidine Gluconate Baths and Showers Result in Decreased Central Line Bloodstream Infections in Neutropenic Patients?”

Katie Matthews: “Fall Reduction: Total Joint Replacement Population”

Carolina Gibertoni: “Focus on Falls”

Debra Taylor: “M E D S: Medication Education Direct and Simple”

Mike Miller: “CHG use for In-house Elective Surgery”

Kandra Boyd: “Multidisciplinary Handoff Communication in Behavioral Health”

Susan Greiner and Debora Sousa-Van Veen: “Multiple Variables Impact Outpatient Visit”

Richard Jameson and Sarah Bell: “Hematoma Rate Reduction”

Terry Ceballos: “Improving Mandatory Compliance”

Nancy Shafer: “Decreasing Creatinine Turnaround Time in the ED”

Lauren Blagg: “Getting It Right at the Point of Care”

Lindsey Bates: “Basal Bolus Glycemic Control Program Electronic Orders Management”

Barb Bixby: “Improving Safety in the Workplace: Code Grey Success”

Lois McSweeney and Jennifer Coen: “Innovations in Case Management”

Lisa Davis and Sarah Killinger: “Improving the Timeliness and Accuracy of ECHO Reports”

Marta Toledo: “Recognizing an infection when you meet one in the Wound Healing Clinic”

We are fortunate that our NCH constellation is flooded with similar stars. As our colleagues return from IHI enthused with new skills and knowledge, which they will be sharing with the rest of us, we will improve not only our own competence but also the health and wellness of all in our community.


In September 2006, Dr. Allen Weiss was appointed president and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System, a 715-bed, two-hospital integrated health care system. NCH is one of only twenty hospitals in the country affiliated with Mayo Clinic, and has been named three times by “U. S. News and World Report” as best in the region and among the 50 best cardiovascular programs according to Truven. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed his training at both the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery of Cornell University. He also had a solo practice in Rheumatology, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics for 23 years, and is board certified in all three specialties. He is recognized both as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. His wife, Dr. Marla Weiss, is a writer and educator, and they have two daughters who are physicians.

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