Johnson Named Group Leader Within National Children’s Network
Nationally recognized as a top pediatric hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s ultimate responsibility is to deliver safe care. To this end, the hospital in 2012 joined a non-competitive national collaborative of children’s hospitals, the National Children’s Network. Today, about 80 member hospitals share solutions for saving lives, improving care and reducing costs for every patient, every day.
As part of this effort, Stephanie Johnson, BSN, RN, performance improvement specialist, Clinical Quality, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, has been named a co-lead for one of eight hospital work groups the network has developed. Her group consists of nine hospitals within the collaborative. Together with Sue Widman, MSPH, RN, director, Quality and Patient Safety at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, their group has already adopted the network’s “All Teach, All Learn” philosophy.
“The National Children’s Network has been growing and may soon expand beyond the United States,” Johnson says. “By creating smaller work groups of hospitals within the network, we can keep the personal feel we’ve had so far as the network continues to grow. So much of this work is about connecting people so they can learn from what others have already experienced.”
The Ohio Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety Foundation started as eight pediatric hospitals working together to decrease hospital-acquired conditions. A hospital-acquired condition (HAC) is an undesirable situation or condition that affects a patient during a stay.
“This is a well-deserved recognition of Stephanie’s hard work and many contributions to patient safety,” says Gary LaBlance, vice president of quality, service and information management at St. Louis Children's Hospital.