Thank you to the healthcare providers, stakeholders, advisory council members and dedicated partners who made the commitment to join our quality journey. Our team comes to work each day to improve patient safety, reduce patient harm and improve clinical care in our communities. We recommend best practices, teach quality improvement and offer updates on timeliness and reporting requirements with the sole purpose of improving patient care and outcomes.

At the completion of year 4 as the regional Quality Innovation Network, we are pleased and excited about the progress made. Access our Impact Statement [September 2018], which highlights areas of achievement in many of our areas of focus. In addition, we have created a sample of successes highlighting the work of our partnering providers.

Our success is dependent on our partners. We are extremely grateful for your partnership, dedication and drive for excellence. The contributions from your organization and colleagues make a positive impact on the health of our communities. 

Sepsis Champions: Making All the Difference

Sepsis Champions: Making All the Difference

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Nikki Medalen, MS, BSN, APHN-BC; Quality Improvement Specialist in North Dakota, has been instrumental in increasing awareness of sepsis and the symptoms for early recognition. As an EMT who volunteers in her own rural community,...

Team Member Reflections: Joy and Satisfaction

Team Member Reflections: Joy and Satisfaction

As you may know, the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network is part of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program, funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). At this time, CMS is working to identify priority areas for the QIO program...

Team Member Reflections: Successful Initiatives

Team Member Reflections: Successful Initiatives

As you may have heard, the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network is part of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program, funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). At this time, CMS is working to identify priority areas for the QIO...

Opioid Guardianship: A Blueprint for Change

Opioid Guardianship: A Blueprint for Change

Data-Driven Opioid Guardianship: A Health Care System's Blueprint for Change Drug overdose is the leading cause of death in the United States and opioid addiction is driving this epidemic. In 2016, over 214 million prescriptions were written for opioids. On average,...

Team Member Reflections: Contributors to Success

Team Member Reflections: Contributors to Success

As you may have heard, the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network is part of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program, funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). At this time, CMS is working to identify priority areas for the QIO...

Team Member Reflections: The Impact

Team Member Reflections: The Impact

As you may know, the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network is part of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program, funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). At this time, CMS is working to identify priority areas for the QIO program...

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: Improving Patient Outcomes

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: Improving Patient Outcomes

Karsen Duncan, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacist with Bryan Health. Duncan recently shared her perspective on the benefits of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Dr. Duncan indicated she has personally seen an impact in patient outcomes as well as a...

Relieving Stress on the Body’s Waste Management System

Relieving Stress on the Body’s Waste Management System

Forgetting to take out the trash and dealing with the odor for an extra week, especially during the hot summer months, is never pleasant.  Still, it is temporary, and the minor oversight increases our appreciation for waste management. In the body, the waste...