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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Presents 2018 Clinical Excellence Awards

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

Victor McKay, M.D., Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Victor McKay, M.D., was honored as Physician of the Year at the 2018 Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Excellence Awards.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital strives to deliver high-quality, patient-centered health care every day. At a Nov. 15 ceremony, it unveiled the winners of the 2018 Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Excellence Awards.

Victor McKay, M.D., was honored as Physician of the Year for his work as a neonatologist, primarily in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Prabhu Parimi, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., the director of the Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Institute, nominated McKay, explaining, “His clinical skills are exemplary, staff and other NICUs reach out to him for his expertise. He assisted the institute in reducing clinical practice variation through the Clinical Practice Guideline Initiative. He has demonstrated leadership abilities and is a fierce patient and family advocate.”

“The fact that I was chosen when I am surrounded by such outstanding physicians makes this award even more special,” McKay says. “The work the Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute team has done continues to improve our patient outcomes, expand our quality and research scope, and provide an innovative fellowship opportunity. Our development of clinical practice guidelines helps to ensure consistent care throughout our system, while improving both staff and parent satisfaction.”

Kentlee Battick, M.S.N., R.N., CCRN, CNL, CNRN, won the Innovations in Clinical Care Award. She believes the key to improving outcomes is better team communication and having the comfort level to provide feedback to each other “whether positive or constructive,” she says. George Jallo, M.D., director of the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences, says Battick is “the glue or foundation of the neurosurgery team who has spearheaded several innovations in clinical care.”

Neonatologist Danilo Escoto, M.D., won the Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality & Safety for leading a team that critically evaluated the state of response to emergencies in the NICU that is leading to better outcomes through additional training to standardize and streamline resuscitation care. Escoto has a strong belief that, as good as we are, we can always be better. “Be open to seeing things in different and new ways. Safety and quality is everyone’s job. If you see something, say something. That’s why we’re here,” he explains.

The winner of the Excellence in Service & Professionalism Award is Benjamin Oshrine, M.D., for making it his mission to bring CAR-T therapy to Johns Hopkins All Children’s. The immunotherapy treatment for leukemia patients is only available at a limited number of pediatric hospitals in the country. He worked hard to ensure Johns Hopkins All Children’s meets the quality standards for becoming an approved site. “Dr. Oshrine is a remarkable physician who deserves to be recognized for his tireless efforts to bring innovative medicine to the Johns Hopkins campus,” says colleague Jennifer Mayer, M.D.

In Florida, nearly 4,000 babies are born exposed to the use of opioids in-utero. The Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Taskforce, led by Amy Brassfield, R.N., won the Clinical Collaboration & Teamwork Award for expanding an NAS care model with the help of a $2.5 million philanthropic gift. “The team has a real passion for caring for these NAS babies,” Brassfield explains, “and everyone has put time and energy into decreasing the length of treatment for these babies. Everything we’ve accomplished has resulted in improved patient outcomes and we couldn’t be more proud.”

Alex Rottgers, M.D., won the Best Consulting Physician Award and recognizes the benefits of collaborating with other physicians. “Many of our children require multiple surgical specialties and it is wonderful to put together unique treatment plans for our patients to maximize their outcomes from our entire team,” Rottgers explains. “The work I do is dependent on the team I have around me, from the nurses to the dentists, the surgeons and the collaborators that all come together for that patient.”

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