“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

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. 

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

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

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...

The Power of Connections: 2019 Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network – Nebraska hosted the 16th Annual Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum on June 6, 2019 in La Vista. While the majority of the attendees were from Nebraska, healthcare professionals from neighboring states, including Iowa, Kansas,...

Ripple Effect of Dementia Training Started in Highmore, SD

The passion of one person can truly have an impact. A director of nursing in a small town in South Dakota saw a need to improve dementia care and her efforts led to a statewide training spanning three communities and reaching almost 300 healthcare professionals....

Norfolk Area Sepsis Community Action Team (SCAT)

In August 2018, members of the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (GPQIN) Nebraska team began meeting monthly with healthcare representatives from the Norfolk community to bring forward each organization's efforts related to sepsis. Self-named the Norfolk Area...

11th Annual Summit on Quality – A Huge Success!

  The 11th annual Summit on Quality was held on May 10, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kansas. The Summit is a quality improvement educational event drawing healthcare leaders from across Kansas; this years' Summit boasted a record number of attendees....