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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Presents Clinical Excellence Awards

Posted on Oct 16, 2017

Physician of the Year, Nicole Chandler, M.D., flanked by Sandra Diamond, chair of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Board of Trustees and Dr. Ellen.

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Excellence Awards recognize innovative and outstanding care by physicians, nurses and teams of specialists. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital presented the third-annual awards Oct. 10, 2017 at a ceremony in its main campus Outpatient Care Center.

“Dedicated pediatric physicians, along with the full care team, have a significant impact on the quality of care children receive,” says Jonathan Ellen, president and vice dean at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, specifically citing patient safety and patient experience measures. “Those are the pillars along with great clinical outcomes that make us a unique and important organization in the state.


Physician of the Year Nominees              

Innovations of Clinical Care Nominees

  • Amanda McCollom, R.N., Pediatric Medicine, 8th Floor Team

Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality & Safety Nominees

Excellence in Service & Professionalism Nominees

Clinical Collaboration and Teamwork Nominees

Neonatal ICU Pulmonary Task Force; Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Care Team; General Pediatric Staff; Infusion Center; PICU Faculty Nursing Repertory Care and Ancillary staff; Antimicrobial Stewardship Team under David Berman, D.O., Infectious Disease, and Katie Namtu, Pharm. D., Clinical Pharmacy; NICU GERD team; Thinh Nguyen, M.D., Perinatology; Tammy Stoklas, R.N., Tampa Outpatient Care Center, Cardiology; Alex Rottgers, M.D., Pediatric Surgery; the entire Bone Marrow Transplant Team; and Frank Ayestaran, M.D., Pediatric Nephrology

Best Consulting Physician Nominees

Congratulations to our entire group of nominees for all the work you do.

“The patient experience in the hospital is great, and we’re bringing those qualities to patients throughout the west coast of Florida with our outreach efforts. These awards are intended to thank and acknowledge our clinical staff for the great work they do to provide unique care for the children of Florida and the region and hopefully set a benchmark for the country.”

Clinical staff nominated peers for the awards with the final selections made by a committee of past winners and hospital executives.

The winners are:

Physician of the Year:  Nicole Chandler, M.D., Pediatric Surgery

Criteria: Awarded to the physician who consistently achieves high standards in the practice of medicine and is looked upon as a role model by his/her peers.

Dr. Chandler embodies the qualities of excellence in modern health care,” explains Paul Danielson, M.D., chief of the pediatric surgery division, who nominated Chandler. “She is a surgeon scientist who at the same time is a technically gifted operator, a keen educator, an efficient administrator and an all-around friendly colleague.”

Danielson gave specific reasons for the nomination, including the ways her research and data have changed how several diseases are managed at the hospital. He also listed her innovation and mentoring skills.

Dr. Chandler is not only a highly skilled surgeon,” adds Brigitta Mueller, M.D., MHCM, vice president for medical affairs and chief patient safety officer, “but she also has an inquisitive mind, always looking for evidence or best practices.”

Innovations in Clinical Care:  Pediatric Medicine (8th floor) Leader Amanda McCollom, M.S.N., M.H.A., R.N.

Criteria:  Awarded to the physician, nurse and/or team demonstrating a visionary approach to problem solving and performance improvement.

“This team is very responsive to any events that happen, and they try to develop solutions. They use our CUSP (comprehensive unit-based safety program) methodology to involve all members,” explains nominator Dipti Amin, M.D., from the Department of Pediatric Medicine.

“This team will help pave the way for other departments,” adds Sylvia Ameen, vice president of Marketing, Communications & Culture.

Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality & Safety: Jerry Tuite, M.D., Neurosurgery

Criteria:  Awarded to the physician who partners with patients, families, colleagues and staff to optimize patient outcomes and eliminate preventable harm.

Nominated by George Jallo, M.D., medical director for the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences, who says, “Dr. Tuite is the consummate physician and surgeon. He is highly regarded by his families, peers and hospital staff. He is always available to families—even on the weekend, and when he is not on call, ensuring that all their needs are met. He is always advancing the clinical care for patients with his state-of-the-art management. He has a bedside manner that engages the children to participate in the neurological exam and care plan. He is the model physician. All of his families consistently comment about his professionalism, skill and interpersonal communications skills.

Excellence in Service & Professionalism: Stacey Stone, M.D., Neonatology

Criteria: Awarded to the physician who actively promotes a culture that embraces, expects and rewards the delivery of patient and family-centered care. Models altruism, competence, trustworthiness and humility.

"Dr. Stone is a brilliant and an astute physician who has contributed immensely to care of newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia,” Prabhu Parimi, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., FAAP, director of the Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute, writes. “Dr. Stone volunteered to join Dr. David Kays’ team in pediatric surgery since the inception of the congenital diaphragmatic hernia program. During the past year, she has become the go-to person to address issues related to these complex neonates and worked hand-in-glove with Dr. Kays. Dr. Stone is an integral part of his team.

Clinical Collaboration and Teamwork (Tie): Antimicrobial Stewardship Team Under Katie Namtu, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacy; NICU Pulmonary Taskforce Under Joana Machry, M.D., Neonatology

Criteria: Awarded to the physician, nurse and/or care team who engages colleagues in shared decision-making, fostering cooperation and open communication. This person or group builds effective collaborative relationships across groups and defines and resolves problems.

This year we set a precedent,” Mueller explains. “We had a tie. We knew we couldn’t distinguish between the two.”

Katie Namtu started the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in 2008,” Juan Dumois, M.D., chairman of the division of infectious disease, says. “In consultation with the infectious disease physicians, she implemented the first surveillance for errors in antibiotic prescribing at Johns Hopkins All Children’s. The acceptance rate of her recommendations has been over 95 percent.

Parimi nominated the other winner, the Neonatal ICU Pulmonary Task Force Team under Joana Machry, and added, “The Task Force has made immense contributions to the respiratory care of neonates, especially extremely low birth weight infants,” he said. “They have promoted consistency in clinical care by developing practice guidelines, engaging and educating the NICU staff, making strides in avoiding invasive mechanical ventilation, preventing pulmonary vascular disease in these at-risk neonates and most importantly reducing the incidence of chronic lung disease. The task force members have played a pivotal role optimizing the respiratory care in these neonates. Compelling evidence shows that reduction in the severity of bronchopulmonary dysplasia has favorable short- and long-term clinical outcomes.”

Best Consulting Physician: Jennifer Mayer, M.D., Hematology/Oncology

Criteria: Awarded to the physician providing superior consulting or specialized services. Excels in communication with other physicians demonstrating flexibility, reliability and commitment to outstanding patient care.

Dr. Mayer embodies our service excellence goals by always being upbeat, cheerful, approachable, easy to talk to and extremely dedicated to our patients,” Mueller says. “As a role model, Jennifer sets the tone on how we expect our staff to interact with our patients, families and staff. You can clearly see a difference in attitude among the staff when she is on service, and her families are extremely grateful for her support and dedication to them.”

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