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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
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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.

Carolynn L Price

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.

Kenny delBarco Kronforst

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 ...

Nicole R Pouppirt

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

My primary interest is in the neurodevelopmental outcome of high-risk infants. My focus involves the early detection of cerebral palsy through various assessments, including The General Movements Assessment. A portion of my clinical time is spent caring for patients in the NICU-Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program. I am also interested in improving the safety of neonatal intubation through quality improvement efforts and the use of innovative tools, such as video laryngoscopy.

Jeffrey B Brown

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)

My primary clinical and research interest is IBD (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)where we are working to understand and develop a non-invasive marker of disease activity/prognosis examing nail fold caprilloscopy. I am the medical director of the IBD program, which now includes physician/APN/PA specialists, nurse clinicians, dieticians, and a dedicated social worker. We are an active participant on the international IBD quality improvement and research consortium, Improve Care Now and a participating site in 3 clinical trials.

Adrienne Prestridge Savant

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

From a clinical perspective, I am involved with all aspects of pulmonary medicine and see all patients, however, my area of specific focus is cystic fibrosis. I also have an interest in interstitial lung disease, pulmonary function testing, neuromuscular disease, rheumatologic related lung disease and asthma. My main area of scholarly activity is related to quality improvement and implementation science in all areas of pulmonary medicine, however have primarily focused in cystic fibrosis. I have held several grants to improve care and continue to work to maintain the care delivery that has bee...

Justyna Grothaus

Assistant Professor 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.

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