Howard Young Medical Center Participates in National Quality Program

(WOODRUFF, WI) -- Nurses from Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) joined more than 160 frontline and nurse leaders in Wisconsin at a conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association on September 25 in the Wisconsin Dells.

The hospitals are participating in the Aligning Forces for Quality Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) project. Bringing together hospital teams from across the state to lead improvements in the quality and safety of patient care, it is part of an innovative nationwide program led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the health and healthcare of all Americans.

TCAB is a nurse-led hospital program that engages frontline staff to work together to identify, pilot, test and adopt new practices over an 18-month period. Participating nurses share their successes and lessons learned with other hospitals across the state.

“Taking part in the conference was a big benefit for our staff,” said HYMC Intensive Care Unit and Birthing Center Manager, Sheila Hulce-Dittmann. “The value of the sessions will cascade from our attendees, to our staff and to the care of the patients we serve.”

“As Wisconsin and the nation look at improving care, it is important that we provide local models of reforms that are good for everyone,” said Judy Warmuth, WHA vice president, workforce development. “Wisconsin hospitals’ participation in this program shows that we are committed to being a leader in improving patient care and increasing efficiency to produce better outcomes.”

By participating in TCAB, nurses are on the frontlines, working together with others across Wisconsin, to formulate innovations and improve the care they deliver, according to Warmuth.

 “The beauty of TCAB is that quality becomes practical in the hands of bedside nurses who are given the tools to conduct small tests of change, then adapt, adopt, or abandon those tests until an innovation becomes a new way of doing things,” according to WHA’s TCAB Project Manager, Stephanie Sobczak. The 24 TCAB hospital units participating in the project are also charged with spreading their improvement strategies to the entire hospital.

In Wisconsin, Aligning Forces for Quality is a joint project by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, Wisconsin Hospital Association, and other organizations. It is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Joining Sheila Hulce-Dittmann at the conference from Howard Young Medical Center were Melissa Gosda, RN, Laurel Henrichs, RN, Jennifer Borak, RN, and Robert Butkus, RN. Unable to attend but on the team were telemetry technicians Alicia Stich and Darcy Drossart.

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