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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!

Got milk? Human milk based fortifiers improve health outcomes for the smallest premature babies

Researchers compare traditional cows milk based fortifiers with human milk based alternative.

More than 380,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States each year, according to the March of Dimes. “Preemies” can be severely underweight babies and struggle to get the nutrients they need from breast milk alone, so neonatal intensive care units provide an additional milk fortifier, either in the form of cow’s milk or manufactured from donor breast milk, to keep them healthy.

Now, a new research study from the University of Missouri and University College in London suggests that using a human-based milk fortifier has better health outcomes for severely underweight, premature babies compared to traditional, cow-based milk fortifiers.

Headshot of Jan Sherman
Jan Sherman is a professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.

Jan Sherman, a professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, collaborated with Alan Lucas, a professor at University College in London, to perform a meta-analysis on various studies involving more than 450 severely underweight, premature babies in the United States, Canada and Austria who received either traditional cow-based milk fortifiers or human-based milk fortifiers.

By comparing their health outcomes, they found that the babies who were fed cow milk fortifiers were more than three times as likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis, a life-threatening intestine disease, and more than twice as likely to develop retinopathy of prematurity, an eye disorder that can lead to blindness.

“Everyone wants what’s best for these underweight, premature babies, and choosing the best type of milk fortifiers for feeding can help lead to improved health outcomes,” said Sherman. “Nearly half of neonatal intensive care units in the United States, including the one at MU Children’s Hospital, are already using human-based milk fortifiers. If we can reduce these cases of necrotizing enterocolitis, if we can preserve their eye sight and reduce the risk of infection, that will benefit the babies’ health in the long term.”

Headshot of Alan Lucas
Alan Lucas is a professor at University College in London.
 

Neonatal intensive care units can use this research in evaluating the nutritional supplements they give to severely underweight, premature babies, who have a higher risk of death or disease than babies born after a full nine-month pregnancy.

“Our research is geared toward better understanding if we can avoid cow’s milk fortifiers while still feeding premature infants well,” said Lucas. “The most current evidence suggests that a diet with entirely human milk and enriched feeds manufactured from donated human milk will meet the nutritional needs of the baby without the potential negative health effects that can come with a cow milk fortifier.”

“Safety of Cow’s Milk-Derived Fortifiers Used with an All-Human Milk Base Diet in Very Low Birthweight Preterm Infants” was recently published in Neonatology Today. Other authors include Maushumi Assad of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, John Boscardin of UC San Francisco and Steven Abrams of University of Texas, Austin.

See original story here.

New Grads! – 2020 Accelerated Class FLIP BOOK

Every semester we are proud to graduate another professionally-driven class of nurses from the Sinclair School of Nursing. This summer’s accelerated class faced many challenges, not only persevering through those challenges but also being adaptable in a time of uncertainty. They will leave our doors with everything they need to succeed and our doors remain open, – our faculty, staff and alumni are all here to support and cheer them on in this next chapter. Here are a few of our graduates and their chosen quotes of inspiration. Please join us in celebrating the talented 2020 graduates of the Sinclair School of Nursing.

Graduate Flip Book