The IHC Drumbeat is a monthly email featuring hospital success stories, recorded IHC webcasts, and local/national educational resources
July 28, 2016
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Featured in this issue:

Register Today!
IHC Annual Conference

IHC invites you to attend its 13th Annual Conference scheduled for August 16 at the Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona. The conference will feature a keynote presentation by Steve Berkowitz, MD.

Dr. Berkowitz is the founder and president of SMB Health Consulting specializing in clinical and operational performance improvement for healthcare systems and leadership development for administrators, physicians and trustees. Recognized as a leading expert in the industry he is a prominent national speaker and writer in the healthcare arena.

Additional speakers at this year’s conference will include:
  • Bruce Bagley, MD, a nationally known leader in performance measurement, quality improvement and office practice redesign, is senior advisor to the professional satisfaction and practice sustainability effort at the American Medical Association
  • Eric K Shell, director at Stroudwater Associates, assists rural hospitals, health clinics, and physician group practices in improving financial and operational performance and developing strategic and operational plans.
The conference will also feature four breakout tracks covering leadership, patient and family engagement, care transitions and performance improvement.

Breakout speakers for the Patient and Family Engagement Track will include:
  • Knitasha Washington, Executive Director at Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
  • Tom Workman, Principal Researcher at American Institutes for Research
  • Kellie Slate Vitcavage, Project Manager at Maine Quality Counts
Join your colleagues in what promises to be an enriching day of education along with networking in the vendor tradeshow!

Falls Community of Practice

The IHC HEN Falls Community of Practice (CoP) is a newly designed educational model that began in HEN 2.0. Monthly webinars are offered, highlighting best practices, hospital successes, as well as innovative approaches to fall prevention. All CoP events are recorded and posted to the IHC website as well as the IHC HEN-HUB for future viewing.

Participating hospitals have taken the initiative to look beyond simple incidence of falls, exploring root causes of falls. Hospitals have also looked to expand falls prevention teams, making falls prevention a priority and responsibility for all staff members, regardless of clinical function or operational level. The importance of environmental assessments, particularly during seasonal changes or periods of construction, redesign, or high traffic, have also been identified as additional opportunities for intervention based off lessons learned.
The original goal of the Falls CoP was to reduce aggregate falls by 10%. As of June 2016 the highly successful Falls CoP group has reduced aggregate fall incidence by 29%.

IHC encourages the participation of not only quality staff, but also front line staff, as well as promoting the inclusion of unit champions. The education plan for the CoP is comprised of several interactive webinars, includes Medication Safety, Lean, Person and Family Engagement, and best practice dissemination. Additional topics will focus on areas identified by CoP members as barriers to fall prevention and/or emerging recommendations or priorities.
If you are interested in participating in future Falls CoP events please contact Jennifer Creekmur at

HEN-HUB, New Look!
Join Today!!

We are excited to extend an invitation to you to join the NEW HEN-HUB Community! This online community platform is a network hosted on the HealthDoers platform. This is a place for hospitals to come together to share best practices, ask and answer questions, and curate resources. You have been invited to join this collaborative learning space because we feel that you are on the forefront of healthcare quality work and will both give and receive value from your participation.
Already a member? Please be sure to move over to the new platform and join us for the start of the upcoming HEN-HUB topic cycle, Patient and Family Engagement!  We challenge everyone to invite at least three leaders, nurse leaders, unit champions, department managers, physicians, pharmacists, etc., within your facility to join the HEN-HUB so they have access to the many resources available within the community!
Here is how to join the new HEN-HUB Community
For current members moving to the new platform:
  • Click the following link
  • In the top right corner you will see a link to “Sign In,” click here. This brings you to sign in page
  • Click on “can access your account”.
  • This will take you to the reset password page.
  • Type in the email address you had used for the previous HEN-HUB platform.
  • You will receive a “reset password” email from the Iowa HEN-HUB (watch your inbox as well as your spam/clutter folders for this.
  • You will click on the link in the email to reset your password.
  • Once you have access, as a first step please update your profile.
For NEW members that have not already joined the HEN-HUB previously:
  • Click the following link
  • In the top right corner you will see a link to “Join,” click Join. This brings you to the registration page.
  • Fill in the all of fields with your contact information.
  • You will receive an activation email which you will find in the email account that you added.
  • You will need to verify your email. Follow the steps provided to do so.
  • Once you have verified your email, an email will be sent to your community’s Super Administrator alerting them that you would like to join the community. They need to approve your access.
  • You will receive an email once you have been approved.
  • Once you have access, as a first step complete your profile.
Once you have access to the HEN-HUB, here are a few ways for you to get started:  
Questions? Feel free to reach out to Jennifer Brockman or
Jennifer Creekmur
HEN-HUB with chicken sitting on the word HEN
Upcoming Calls:
Infection Control Call - August 8, 2016 at 11:00am CT.

What's Up Call -
August 9, 2016 at 10:00am CT.
HEN Reporting Deadlines
June 2016:

*was due July 15

All Reporting -
August 15, 2016

CEO Reminder -
September 1, 2016

*Questions? Contact Jennifer at
Upcoming Events:
  • Emerging Topics Sepsis Affinity Group - August 3, 2016
    This is a best practices sharing event providing a deep dive into shared learning, specifically for medical-surgical sepsis. Follow this link for more information.
  • IHC Annual Conference - August 16, 2016
    For more information and to register, follow this link.
  • Zika Care - August 18, 2016
    Hear from national experts on how to be prepared to care for Zika patients and staff. For more information, follow this link.
  • Falls Community of Practice - September 20, 2016
  • SIM Learning Community - November 8, 2016
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