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Welcome to Kathryn Pier the new IHQI Director!

October 30, 2023

Kathryn Pier earned a master’s degree in health administration from Queens University of Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University.  Kathryn is a certified professional in health system quality, certified six sigma green belt from NC State University and a trained UNC Kaizen Coach.  She has been working in healthcare quality … Read more

Breaking Barriers in Healthcare: UNC Medical Center Team Named Finalist for Prestigious Healthcare Equity Award

October 26, 2023

In an effort to address healthcare disparities among limited English proficiency (LEP) patients, a groundbreaking quality improvement project was implemented at the University of North Carolina Medical Center (UNCMC). This project sought to improve the recognition of clinical deterioration in hospitalized patients with LEP. Healthcare disparities for LEP patients are a pervasive issue, and language … Read more

IHQI Holds 2023 Improvement Scholars Program and Fellows Symposium

October 20, 2023

On Tuesday, October 17, IHQI held its 10th Improvement Scholars Program (ISP) and Fellows Symposium with over 130 people in attendance either virtually or in person. The following projects were presented: “Evaluation and Management of Anemia in Pregnancy” presented by Katelin Zahn, MD and Erin Huprich, MSN, WHNP “Standardizing the Evaluation and Management of Young … Read more

Physicians and PA’s Earn Credit for QI Work You are Already Doing

October 5, 2023

UNC Health is working with the American Board of Medical Specialties Portfolio Program to help you earn MOC Part IV Credit from participating ABMS Member Boards or PI-CME credit from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) for Quality Improvement work you are involved with. There are 3 ways to earn credit for … Read more

CLQS Scholars Announced as Alpha Omega Alpha Fall 2023 Inductees

September 29, 2023

The Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) medical honor society at UNC-Chapel Hill is proud to announce its fall 2023 inductees. AΩA was founded in 1902 and is dedicated to a belief in improving care for all by recognizing high educational achievement, honoring gifted teaching, encouraging the development of leaders in academia and the community, supporting the … Read more

David Zvara, MD Selected to Serve as UNC Hospitals CMO

September 21, 2023

David Zvara, MD, will serve as the next chief medical officer for UNC Hospitals, effective Monday, Oct. 30. In June, UNC Hospitals announced Tom Ivester, MD, MPH, would move into a focused chief quality officer role upon the appointment of a new chief medical officer. The executive leadership restructuring will better support hospital operations as we strive … Read more

Matt Nielsen, MD Appointed to NQF Diagnostic Excellence Committee

September 20, 2023

Matt Nielsen, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Urology and director of quality for UNC Faculty Physicians, has been appointed to the National Quality Forum (NQF) Diagnostic Excellence Committee, under the NQF Advancing Measurement of Diagnostic Excellence for Better Healthcare Initiative. In its report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, the National Academy of Medicine states, … Read more

IMPROVEMENT SCHOLARS & FELLOWS SYMPOSIUM 10/17/2023

July 20, 2023

The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement’s annual Improvement Scholars and Fellows Symposium will feature clinician-led improvement initiatives. The Improvement Scholars program and IHQI Fellowship program aim to improve clinical effectiveness and patient safety by implementing proven and/or expert-recommended strategies and approaches.  REGISTER HERE

Cassi Frank Publishes Guide for Thrombosis Patients, First Spanish Translation in Vascular Medicine

July 13, 2023

Cassi Frank, MMSc, PA-C, physician assistant in the Division of Hematology, published educational materials for patients with newly diagnosed venous thromboembolism in Vascular Medicine. The article was also published in Spanish, a first in the history of the journal, to reach an unmet need in the Spanish-speaking community. These educational materials are freely available to … Read more

IHQI Associate Director Recognized As A Friend of Nursing

July 5, 2023

Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD, FASA was recently recognized as a Friend of Nursing. This award is given to a physician or advance care provider that has exemplified interdisciplinary collaboration and has been recognized by nursing staff for their exceptional partnership and contributions to nursing.  “Lavinia is a true friend of nursing, she demonstrated the One Great … Read more