Physicians and care teams who make a difference in the lives of children were honored with Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) Clinical Excellence Awards at a November 17 ceremony. The awards recognize physicians, nurses and multidisciplinary care teams at each JHM hospital who provide innovative and outstanding care while furthering excellent outcomes and patient safety.
“Great clinicians are essential to our mission,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (JHACH). “This is an opportunity to recognize the great work of physicians, nurses and teams who are dedicated to providing the highest quality, safest and high value care for children and families.”
A committee of JHACH leaders and the 2015 award winners selected this year’s recipients, who were nominated by colleagues. Brigitta Mueller, M.D., vice president of medical affairs and chief patient safety officer, announced the nominees and winners in six categories and was joined by Dr. Ellen and JHACH Board of Trustees chairman Mark Stroud to congratulate the winners.
Physician of the Year: Juan Dumois, M.D.
Dr. Dumois, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at JHACH for 30 years, was recognized by colleagues for his superb skills in both patient care and in teaching, his wonderful manner with physicians, nurses and families, his cost-effective approach to medicine, and his phenomenal judgment related to infectious disease outbreaks.
Innovations in Clinical Care: Akshata Hopkins, M.D. and the 24-Hour Care Progression Team
Dr. Hopkins, a hospitalist, led a multidisciplinary team on the hospital’s Pediatric Medicine Unit that developed new steps to help their patients return home sooner. By improving discharge planning, creating nighttime “tuck-in rounds” and discharge checklists, they shortened the time between entry of a discharge order and when the patient can leave the hospital by 30 percent. These innovations also reduced total length of stay on this unit by 30 percent. Their work was chosen for presentation at the 2016 annual meeting of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality & Safety: Fauzia Shakeel, M.D.
Dr. Shakeel, a neonatologist, developed improved and safer ways to deliver nutrition to infants in the neonatal ICU (NICU). She led projects on early introduction of breast feeding, cue-based oral feeding, standardized nutrition orders and family education, resulting in fewer complications, better recovery, shorter hospital stays and overall improvements in quality of care and patient safety. She also mentors physicians and residents in quality improvement projects.
Excellence in Service & Professionalism: Dennis Hart, M.D.
As the leader of developmental and rehabilitative services, Dr. Hart has increased access to rehab services for medically complex patients. He leads a team of more than 200 therapists on main campus and outreach locations that supports the Triple Aim of improving population heath, value and the experience of care. He also advocates with providers and the state of Florida to ensure that children have access to services essential to their progress.
Clinical Collaboration & Teamwork: Palliative Care Team
The multidisciplinary palliative care team enhances comfort, dignity and quality of life for children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. To help more patients benefit from this approach, the team developed a training program that educates and empowers bedside nurses to serve as palliative care champions and bring compassionate palliative care to patients, families and staff within each inpatient unit.
Best Consulting Physician: Mark Bittles, M.D.
Dr. Bittles, a radiologist, is recognized by colleagues as a friendly and available consultant who has a wonderful bedside manner with patients and parents, as well as for his expertise in interventional radiology that has helped expand the hospital’s vascular malformations program.