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Quality Initiatives

The Department of Pediatrics is committed to continuous improvement in all domains and focuses on the Institute of Medicine's six domains of healthcare quality. We perform, support and train in improvement science and partner with Northwestern University for more comprehensive training. We will consider our program a success when we view everything as an opportunity for improvement. 

Healthcare quality and safety initiatives are critical to providing optimal healthcare as well as reducing variations of care that will facilitate greater learning in all forms of research. Faculty involved in these initiatives help train medical students, residents and fellows in quality and safety.

The Department of Pediatrics is looking to expand the number of faculty members with healthcare quality and safety expertise. We offer several opportunities for faculty to expand their expertise in these areas:

Certificate Course for Improvement Scholars

This six-month course involves multidisciplinary faculty and participants including physicians. Scholars learn in didactic sessions and initiate an improvement project in their microsystem to accelerate their learning.

Journal Writing Club

We have initiated an Improvement Writers group that will advance optimal utilization of SQUIRE guidelines in September 2018. Graduates of this program are expected to submit healthcare quality and safety manuscripts, help teach the ensuing session and serve as mentors for other colleagues working in these areas.

Value in Healthcare

Faculty involved in quality and safety initiatives are currently developing a method for quantifying value in healthcare. This will enable the institution to prioritize work based on metrics that matter most to our patients and their families.

Kenny delBarco Kronforst, MD, MS

Instructor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Kenny D. Kronforst received a B.S. degree in Microbiology, as well as, her MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology from University of Miami. She then completed her M.D. at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (now McGovern Medical School). She graduated medical school in 2006 and continued her intern year in Pediatrics at the same institution. In 2007, she transferred to Boston, MA, and became part of the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. She successfully completed that program and transitioned to the Boston Children’s Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship ...

Joseph A Camarda, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

I enjoy general cardiology as well as caring for children with complex congenital heart disease. I am interested in outcomes after surgical repair/palliation, particularly as it pertains to cardiac function. I am also interested in quality improvement and improving patient/family experience in the clinical setting. My primary research interests involve cardiac imaging with echocardiography, 3 dimensional echocardiography and cardiac MRI. I am interested in anatomic, functional and quantitative analysis of the heart using 3-dimensional echo as well as strain imaging. I am also interested in qua...

Rishi K Agrawal, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

The innovations of pediatric specialty care have extended the lives of children with complex medical needs, neurological impairment, and technology dependence. However, our systems of care have difficulty meeting the complex needs of this emerging population. Challenges lie in coordination of care through a vast continuum that includes hospital systems, primary care, home health, etc. My interests lie in defining this population of patients; studying their needs on clinical and systems levels, and advocating for quality improvement.

Karna Murthy, MD, MSCI

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

My interests are within the Children's Hospital Neonatal Consortium (CHNC: http://www.thechnc.org). The CHNC has developed a database focusing on infants with uncommon congenital anomalies and/or acquired complications related to preterm birth in 34 regional NICUs since 2010 in the United States and Canada. We aim to describe the care and outcomes for a population of critically-ill infants that has not been a traditional area of focus in existing registries. Our long term goals are to: (1) establish standards of care and clinical practice guidelines for infants with uncommon but high-acuity il...

Justyna Grothaus, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

My academic interests are primarily focused on improving neonatal care and neonatal patient safety through quality improvement efforts. My current projects involve reducing unplanned extubations and reducing length of stay related to neonatal abstinence syndrome. I am a member of the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative Advisory Board (ILPQC), through which I help develop and implement initiatives to improve care for both infants and mothers.

Carolynn L Price, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Price is a pediatric hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Based Medicine as well as an Instructor of Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed a Chief Residency year in which she had experiences on hospital administration committees focused on patient safety and quality improvement. She has an interest in both undergraduate and graduate medical education.

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