HHS Gives Outstanding Leadership Award for Achievements in Eliminating Ventilator Associated Pneumonia and Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

May 5, 2011    |   By: Calevir

The Center is so proud of our friend, colleague and faculty member, Pat Posa RN, BSN, MSA, for her leading role in earning the US Department of Health and Human Services Outstanding Leadership Award for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan!  Pat is the System Performance Improvement Leader at St. Joseph Mercy Health System.

Pat also instructs The Basics of CUSP and CUSP Communication and Teamwork Tools for the Missouri Center for Patient Safety.  She and her colleagues at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital were among the first in the nation to develop CUSP teams.  Their hospital continues to be one of the Michigan hospitals that has nearly eliminated Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) for over 5 years.

After tackling CLABSIs, Pat and her team used the CUSP model to drive improvement in other clinical areas such as Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP), sepsis, delirium management, and intra-abdominal  compartment syndrome.

On Monday, May 2, at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Chicago, HHS presented St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital with its award for progress toward eliminating health care-associated infections, specifically outstanding leadership in Achievements in Eliminating VAPs and CLABSIs.

Excellence in clinical practice is her passion and it shows.  She has been involved in many programs with that aim, including the statewide Michigan Keystone ICU patient safety initiative.

Pat also consults with hospitals across the nation on how to develop sepsis prevention and management programs, using CUSP as the foundation to improve culture and communication.  Her various roles in health care over 30 years of practice include critical care staff nurse, manager, educator, and director of nursing and administrator of an outpatient multispecialty/primary care clinic.

The Center is very honored to have Pat as a faculty member of our People, Priorities & Learning Together (PPLT) initiative.  Learn more about PPLT.

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