fbpx

Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) Selected as a Health Quality Innovator of the Year

Award recognizes QIPMO’s dedication to improving health in Missouri

Columbia, MO —November, 19 2020—Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO), has been recognized as a 2020 Health Quality Innovator of the Year. The Health Quality Innovator Awards are sponsored by the Health Quality Innovators’/Health Quality Innovation Network’s (HQIN) during their annual recognition program. This year, health care providers and organizations receiving this award are being honored for their innovative approaches or technologies to address COVID-19. 

QIPMO quickly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by helping nursing homes in Missouri understand volumes of information as it was disseminated about the virus and help nursing homes implement actions to keep residents and staff safe. The group immediately went virtual, increasing the frequency of its statewide Administrator Support Group and DON Support Group meetings to understand and assimilate new guidance and regulations regarding COVID-19. The QIPMO team distilled information into manageable learning sessions and held open forums for nursing homes to ask questions and share experiences. These statewide virtual meetings focus not just on regulation but also on broader aspects affected by the pandemic such as staff and residents’ health and safety, both physically and mentally. “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve the caregivers of this state,” replied QIPMO Leader Nicky Martin MPA, LNHA about the impact the team is making on the state.

The QIPMO team has been at the educational and informational forefront of this fight, doing whatever it takes to get information where it needs to go. The weekly webinars have, since March 2020, had over 10,000 attendees. QIPMO nurses and coaches have created assessment tools recommended in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes, reporting algorithms, tools for practical clinical management of COVID-19, mental and emotional staff support, and a variety of other resources available for free at www.nursinghomehelp.org. To date, the QIPMO team has fielded nearly 10,000 phone calls and emails from nursing homes since COVID-19 hit our state, providing answers and reassurance.

The team currently consists of five registered nurses and three licensed administrator coaches employed to assist in nursing home consultations throughout Missouri. Nurses and coaches field calls and emails, provide educational in-services to disseminate best practices, and do on-site visits, creating connections that go beyond regulatory compliance while also serving as colleagues and experts in long-term nursing care. In 2019, the QIPMO program provided over 750 site visits to over 400 skilled nursing facilities in the state and made over 600 different facility contacts.

“Our 2020 Health Quality Innovators are on the front lines of COVID-19,” said Donald A. Glozer, MHA, FACHE, President & CEO of Health Quality Innovators (HQI). “They are finding innovative solutions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus while ensuring the safety and well-being of their patients, residents, staff and communities.”

For administrators and directors of nursing, QIPMO has been called their “ace in the hole.” Exhausted, afraid, bogged down with regulations and a shortage of PPE, staff in our long-term care homes know they can always call on QIPMO to provide clarity, emotional support, and whatever PPE can be located to be delivered to their door. Nursing homes are not like hospitals or clinics—they don’t have vast support systems for staff or logistics—they are all-in-one businesses who literally have lives depending on them. QIPMO gives those caregivers someone to depend on. During the past few months, QIPMO staff have delivered everything from goodie bags and PPE to virtual hugs via texts and numerous hours of simply listening.

“We’re incredibly proud for the QIPMO Program to be recognized as a Health Quality Innovator of the Year. This is truly a collaborative effort among an incredible team of people working to provide answers and reassurance to long-term care providers in Missouri which facilitates improved quality care and outcomes for long-term care residents in Missouri’s nursing homes,” says QIPMO’s founder Dr. Marilyn Rantz, RN, PhD, FAAN, Curators’ Professor Emerita at the Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri.

To learn more, please visit https://hqin.org/hqi-announces-2020-health-quality-innovators-of-the-year/ 

For More information about the Quality Improvement Program of Missouri, visit, https://nursinghomehelp.org/qipmo-program/

About HQIN

Led by Health Quality Innovators and its quality improvement partners, the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, Kansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, HQIN is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Virginia. To learn more visit https://www.hqin.org

 

Mizzou Alumni Association Names 2020 Faculty Alumni Award Winners

 
MIZZOU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NAMES 2020 FACULTY ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS

We are so pleased to announce that three out of the twelve award winners are MU Sinclair School of Nursing alumni! 

Original article by MU Aliumni Association posted November 20, 2020

The Mizzou Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Faculty-Alumni Awards. 

“We are honored to recognize Mizzou’s best and brightest, both in and out of the classroom,” said Todd McCubbin, MAA Executive Director. “It is the combined efforts of our world-class faculty and accomplished alumni that make this University such an incredible place, both for our scholars and our community at large.”

First celebrated in 1968, these awards recognize the achievements of Mizzou’s faculty and alumni. Faculty are considered for their work as teachers, administrators and researchers, while alumni are considered for their professional accomplishments and service to Mizzou.

“We look forward to celebrating these incredible Tigers and their accomplishments,” said Robin Wenneker, MAA President. “It’s a wonderful reminder of the talent we find ourselves surrounded by every day on this campus and the impressive Tigers in our alumni community. Mizzou is truly fortunate.”

November 20, 2020 would have been the date of their official induction at the Faculty-Alumni Awards ceremony. Instead, recipients will be recognized for their stellar contributions at a later date. Today, Mizzou is proud to share the list of recipients. 

“Each of these individuals has contributed to the success of our university and community through their excellence in teaching, research, leadership and service,” said Dr. Mun Choi, UM System President and MU Chancellor.

“With their support and guidance, Mizzou continues to strengthen its role as a national, public, AAU institution of the highest caliber. On behalf of Tigers everywhere, I want to thank our outstanding awardees for their hard work and commitment.”

Visit Mizzou.com/FAA for more details on each of these award winners.

The recipients of the 2020 Faculty-Alumni Awards are as follows:

65th Annual Distinguished Service Award

61st Annual Distinguished Faculty Award

  • R. Wilson Freyermuth
    • John D. Lawson Professor of Law; Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, School of Law

2020 Faculty-Alumni Award Recipients

Virtual Campaign Celebration

Over the last five years Sinclair School of Nursing has been part of a campaign to raise money for various efforts such as the construction of their new state of-the-art facility, student scholarship support, research endeavors, and more. The goal was $10 million dollars and during this time, due to the amazing support of donors, a total of $17,636,904 was raised. 


From this, 14 new active endowments and 2 planned endowments for student scholarships were formed. In total, 2,129 donors gave to support this campaign and 807 of them were SSON Alumni. 

If you would like to view the recorded presentation, please click here

We are humbled and proud of all the student support to thank and show appreciation to our donors.  As you will see in this presentation,the students always add a special component to any event that we host.  You can’t help but grin ear-to-ear while listening to them.  They make the School of Nursing so proud!

2020 Living Legend Marilyn Rantz, PhD, RN, FAAN

It takes vision and determination to be a leader. In today’s society, leaders are all around us, but only every once in a while does one rise to the top as a Living Legend.

Every year the American Academy of  Nursing honors a small number of fellows as Living Legends. These individuals have made significant contributions to the nursing profession and made a positive impact on health care. Traditionally, their “legendary contributions” continue far beyond their own career and have a lasting impact on health care or health policy.  

Sinclair School of Nursing is honored to share that the American Academy of Nursing released this week that they have chosen our very own Marilyn Rantz PhD, RN, FAAN as one of 2020’s Living Legend. 

“Her research efforts have improved care processes, reduced costs associated with care, and improved the quality and length of life of older adults. These research-based strategies and interventions will have an impact on care delivery and the lives of older adults for years to come”, said Dean Sarah Thompson.

Marilyn Rantz, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the premier expert in quality measurement in nursing homes and research programs to improve elder care. A nurse for 50 years, Dr. Rantz’s pioneering work and innovative spirit is evidenced through the profession’s paradigm shifts in measuring nursing home quality, utilizing new technologies to help seniors live independently, and gaining fair reimbursement for nursing services. 

Dr. Rantz also initiated legislation to set the stage for nurses practicing to the full scope of their education and training and has received more than $87 million in various grants to further her work. She is Executive Director for the Aging in Place Project, which allows seniors to “age in place” through the creation of Sinclair Home Care and the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri which has transformed the care Missouri nursing home residents receive— both models being designated as Academy Edge Runners. Dr. Rantz is Curators’ Professor Emerita, University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing.

Dr. Rantz will be inducted as a Living Legend at the Academy virtual ceremony in October. 

 

To find out more about the nomination process visit: https://www.aannet.org/about/fellows/living-legends

Click Here to read the Columbia Missourian story posted 9/1/2020

MU School of Nursing programs assist more than 500 nursing homes statewide with COVID-19 response

 

July 27, 2020
Mizzou News article here
Brian Consiglio, 573-882-9144, consigliob@missouri.edu

COLUMBIA, Mo. – As the coronavirus pandemic continues to put a strain on health care systems, nursing homes have become overburdened with the challenge of keeping both patients and staff safe and healthy. Older residents in long-term care facilities are especially vulnerable to the effects of a respiratory illness like COVID-19, and nursing homes are not appropriately designed nor staffed to handle large numbers of infectious residents.

In response, two MU Sinclair School of Nursing support teams – the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri and the Missouri Quality Initiative – are working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to provide assistance to more than 500 nursing homes across the state.

“The main goal of our response efforts is to make sure nursing home residents are staying as safe as possible during this very traumatic and challenging experience,” said Lori Popejoy, associate professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. “At the beginning of the pandemic, access to personal protective equipment (PPE) was a big concern for nursing home staff. We were able to collaborate with various community organizations to distribute more than 3,000 face shields to nursing homes throughout the state.”

In addition to securing and distributing PPE, other efforts include offering recommendations, guidance and support to nursing home staff and administrators as they navigate and implement the ever-changing COVID-19 infection control practices. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services continue to update their recommendations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, the support teams are synthesizing, summarizing and organizing this information to help nursing homes establish and modify protocols for isolating sick patients, use PPE properly and notify the family members of infected patients.

“Now that the nursing homes are isolating residents in individual rooms, the residents are no longer dining in groups, attending group activities or inviting outside visitors into the facilities,” said Amy Vogelsmeier, associate professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. “In order to continue providing support to these individuals, nursing homes have adopted creative practices, such as video chatting with family members so residents can see their loved ones, or assigning staff members to check in daily with residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of social isolation.”

Given the shortage of nurses in Missouri, the pandemic has highlighted the importance of advanced practice registered nurses, who play a key role in identifying and managing illness in nursing homes to prevent avoidable hospitalizations. 

“This is a time where the public is really becoming aware of the value registered nurses bring to the health care industry,” Popejoy said. “It has been inspiring to see the impact they have had to mitigate the effects of this public health crisis.”

“A Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Missouri Nursing Homes” was recently published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

X