How are immunizations, antibiotics and sepsis related and how might this impact you? During this series of events, information was shared on what individuals can do to protect their health or the health of community members. Learn more and access event materials below.

Connecting the Dots...Conference for Healthcare Providers | April 9, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT

Northeast Community College, Life Long Learning Center
601 East Benjamin Avenue  |  Norfolk, Nebraska
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CT

The goal of this event was to increase healthcare provider knowledge of the connection between antibiotics, immunizations and sepsis, and to identify their role in educating and engaging the consumer to be an active participant in their healthcare journey. The focus was protecting health in the community, preserving antibiotic effectiveness and preventing infections leading to sepsis through immunizations, responsible antibiotic use and good health hygiene.

Target Audience:

All healthcare professionals were invited to attend. All improvers welcome!


  1. Explain the link between immunizations, antibiotic stewardship and sepsis.
  2. Apply knowledge gained to improve best practices related to immunization, antibiotic stewardship and sepsis in your organization and community.  

Continuing Education:

5.25 peer reviewed, continuing education contact hours were awarded by Iowa Western Community College, Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #6.

Panel of Experts:

Dr. Simpson PhotoSteven Q. Simpson, MD
Dr. Simpson has 35 years of clinical experience in caring for patients with sepsis and trained with Roger Bone, whose work was the basis of the first consensus definitions for severe sepsis and septic shock. He has been the medical director for multiple tertiary and academic ICUs and has led the sepsis team at the University of Kansas since 2004. He is past chair of CHEST’s Critical Care NetWork, led CHEST’s annual postgraduate course in critical care for six years, and has served numerous times on the program committee for the CHEST annual meeting. He has extensive research experience in sepsis, including cell and molecular studies, clinical trials, translational studies, and epidemiology. Dr. Simpson teaches sepsis recognition and treatment nationally and internationally and has authored or co-authored numerous highly cited sepsis papers, including the Surviving Sepsis guidelines and the IMPRESS study. He founded the Kansas Sepsis Project, a collaborative effort to raise the quality of sepsis care across his home state and has led the Midwest Critical Care Collaborative since its inception in 2005. Dr. Simpson is a member of the board of directors and is Medical Director of the Sepsis Alliance, a national education and advocacy group for victims of sepsis. Currently, he is consulting with the Great Plains QIN to train rural EMS providers to recognize and provide pre-hospital care for patients with sepsis. Dr. Simpson currently spends half of his time working for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Solving Sepsis arm of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

Trevor-VanSchooneveld PhotoTrevor Van Schooneveld, MD, FACP
Dr. Van Schooneveld is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.  Dr. Van Schooneveld has been the Medical Director for the Nebraska Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program for the last 9 years and serves as the medical director for the State of Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Outreach Program.  He also serves as the Program Director for the UNMC Infectious Disease Fellowship Program and is an Associate Medical Director of the Infection Control department at his institution.  Dr. Van Schooneveld is an Associate Editor for Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  He received his M.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and subsequently completed an Internal Medicine residency, including a chief resident year, at UNMC.  He completed his Infectious Disease fellowship training at Creighton University Medical Center before joining the faculty at Nebraska.  His research activities focus on antimicrobial stewardship and C. difficile infection. 

ChatterjeeArchana Chatterjee, MD, PhD
Dr. Chatterjee is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD. She has previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE. Dr. Chatterjee has been elected/selected to serve on several national Advisory Boards and Committees including the US Food and Drug Administration’s Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Faculty Affairs. She is currently serving as Past Chair of the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science; member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs; member of the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS); member of the Clinical Affairs Committee, the Nominations and Awards Committee, and the Programs & Meetings Committee of PIDS; vice-chair for the Bone and Joint Infections Guideline Committee for PIDS. In 2016, Dr. Chatterjee was chosen for the prestigious Council of Deans’ Fellowship by the AAMC. Dr. Chatterjee has conducted over 110 clinical trials, published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, 26 invited review articles, 22 book chapters and one book. She serves as a reviewer for 35 journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine, Pediatrics, the Journal of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, the Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and the American Journal of Infection Control. In the past 20 years, Dr. Chatterjee has delivered over 500 lectures and 150 scientific presentations at various international, national, regional and local venues. She has served as the course director for over 40 CME programs, given over 55 media interviews and published 25 newspaper articles.

Community Town Hall Meeting | April 9, 2019 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. CT

Town Hall Meeting Invite April 9

In addition to the events listed above, we hosted an EMS Sepsis Educational Session on Monday, April 8, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. CT  Emergency Medical Services professionals were invited to attend. Click here for more information on this event or contact Krystal Hays at



Alissa Wood, RN, BSN
Quality Improvement Advisor
402/476-1399 Ext. 532  

Krystal Hays, DNP, RN, CADDCT, RAC-CT
Quality Improvement Advisor
402/476-1399; Ext 522


Learning and Action Network

We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.