Ignite videos are brief, impactful presentations on best practices for health care in the 21st century.

C. difficule Rate Reduction Project

  • Brief Description: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in 2013 assembled a lean six sigma team with strong frontline participation to reduce the hospital's number of hospital-acquired C. difficile infections. The presentation highlights the root causes and their respective countermeasures identified through this project.
  • Hospital: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • Presenter: Matthew D'Agostino, Operational Excellence Specialist

Improving Sepsis Outcomes Through Coordinated Early Recognition, Assessment, and Treatment

  • Brief Description: University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center’s vice chief of medical staff describes the work his organization has done on improving sepsis outcomes, an improvement effort that earned the 2014 Minogue Award.
  • Hospital: University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
  • Presenter: Dr. Richard Ferraro, Vice Chief of Medical Staff

Game Winning Strategies

  • Brief Description: Garrett County Memorial Hospital offers examples of how senior leaders and physicians are making the facility a high-reliability organization in relation to readmissions, MHACs, patient flow, and patient safety.
  • Hospital: Garrett County Memorial Hospital
  • Presenters: Reba Rush, Director, Quality & Risk Management and Donna Crawford, Director, Utilization Management


Reaching Out to Our High Risk Population

  • Brief Description: The presentation provides insight into Bon Secours' in-house Care Transition Team process; and the collaboration with its Emergency Department, Peer Recovery Coaches, Ambulatory Care Clinic, Health Enterprise Zone, and the Coordinating Center's Get Well Team to reduce readmissions.
  • Hospital: Bon Secours Baltimore Health System
  • Presenter: Afryea L. Brown, Director, Outcomes Management and Social Work

Turning the Dial on VTE Core Measure Benchmarks Using Lean

  • Brief Description: In a major academic center, getting all departments of a hospital to buy in and agree to a uniform VTE Prophylaxis order set and Core Measure benchmarks and strategies requires a multidisciplinary approach including flow diagrams, gap analysis, continuous feedback sessions and adapting the message to appeal to various stakeholders.This presentation takes you step-by-step through this journey, using Lean methodology to achieve success.
  • Hospital: University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Presenter: Ada Ibe Offurum, Assistant Professor

The PEACCE Initiative: Providers for Engagement, Advocacy, Coordination of Care & Education

  • Brief Description: Recognizing that it takes a well-oiled team to care for a patient, in the fall of 2013, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center implemented the PEACCE (Providers for Engagement, Advocacy, Communication, Collaboration and Education) Initiative. The mission of the initiative, pulling from the input of nurses and physicians, is focused on improving communication between health providers that ultimately impact patient care and outcomes.  
  • Hospital: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Presenter: Panagis Gallatsatos, MD, Co-Director, Medicine for the Greater Good, Department of Internal Medicine

Skilled Nursing Facility Readmissions

  • Brief Description: The video highlights the standard work implemented between Meritus Medical Center and its skilled nursing facilities to reduce readmissions with their subsequent results. It focuses on standardizing handoff communication, auditing for results, SNF medical management changes, and collaboration efforts.
  • Hospital: Meritus Health
  • Presenter: Andrea Horton, Director, Care Management

Patient and Family Centered Care

  • Brief Description: A key strategy at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health is its commitment to Patient- and Family-Centered Care. This initiative requires the engagement of all team members and providers. Over 95% of the hospital's departments/divisions have developed and implemented an action plan focused on improving the patient and family experience at UM UCH hospitals.
  • Hospital: University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
  • Presenter: Barbara Finch, Administrative Director, Service Excellence and Accreditation Patient Services

Addressing Disparities in Healthcare Delivery to Reduce Admissions

Brief Description: MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is investing in population health management by addressing disparities through frontline efforts to improve health outcomes in the community. The goal in delivering preventative and integrated health care in this patient-centered effort is to reduce unnecessary visits to the ED and subsequent readmissions.
Hospital: MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Presenter: Lori Werrell, Director of Health Connections