AQAF Events

Quality Forum 04/04/2017

Tuesday, 4th April 2017 8:00 am


Due to space limitations, this meeting is only open to Alabama hospital employees or medical staff members.


7:00 – 8:30 Physician Breakfast – Networking for hospital physician leaders with a focus on the Alabama Physician Health Program led by James A. Harrow MD, PhD, DABAM, FASAM, the Program’s medical director.

8:00 – 8:30 Registration

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome

8:45 – 9:30 Illness, Impairment and the Distressed Physician – Dr. Harrow will share information about his statewide program that helps physicians struggling with addiction, burnout, mental health issues, etc., and that has been successful at restoring health and ensuring continued access to physician care.
James A. Harrow MD, PhD, DABAM, FASAM, Medical Director, Alabama Physician Health Program

9:30 – 10:30 NHSN: Past, Present and Future – Dr. Pollock will give a brief history of the purpose of the nation’s infection surveillance database, talk about its current initiatives, including antibiotic stewardship, and then provide a glimpse of the future.
Dan Pollock, MD, Surveillance Branch Chief, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC

10:30 – 11:15 Up Campaign: Cross-cutting strategies for Improved Patient Care – This session will highlight an exciting new program designed to break down silos and create a new vision for patient safety within your organization. WAKE UP, GET UP and SOAP UP are three prongs of this hospital-wide initiative.
Jackie Conrad, RN, BSN, MBA, RCC, Improvement Advisor, Cynosure Health

11:15 – 12:00 Tips from Physician Leaders – A physician panel will share thoughts on quality improvement challenges, the physician’s role in helping solve them and ways to ensure staff and physicians are effectively working together.
Moderator – Robert Chappell, MD, VP/Chief Medical Officer, Huntsville Hospital
Panelists: Dr. Mark Williams, MD, Chief Physician Executive, Brookwood Baptist Medical Center
Dr. Ben Compton, MD, Hospitalist & Quality Assurance Chair, East Alabama Med. Ctr.
Dr. Steve Isbell, MD, Chairman of Quality Improvement Council, DeKalb Regional Med. Ctr.

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 Antimicrobial Stewardship/Statewide Antibiogram
Felicia Matthews, Senior Consultant, Pharmacy Specialty, BD MedMined Services

1:30 – 2:30 Integrating Patients and Families in your Quality Improvement – This session will feature hospital leaders from South Carolina and Alabama who are actively using patients and their families in their quality improvement and care design.
Caroline DeLongchamps, Manager of Patient and Family Centered Care at the Medical University of South Carolina
Penny Vance-Colburn, PFCC Committee Chair and Laboratory Director; Daisy Washington PFCC Advisor; and Johnnie Thomas PFCC Advisor – Medical West, Bessemer

2:30 – 3:30 Advance Directives – Panel discussion on the legal and clinical implications of advance directives to include the basic directive, the proxy and the new DNAR form. Panel will include:
Tom Geary, MD, Assistant State Health Officer for Regulatory Affairs, and Bethany Bolger, Assistant General Counsel, Alabama Department of Public Health
Monica Williams-Murphy, MD, Emergency Physician and Medical Director for Advanced Care Planning and End-of-Life Education, Huntsville Hospital
Gregg Everett, Esquire, Gilpin Givhan, PC

3:30 Adjourn

Program Sponsors: AQAF; Alabama Hospital Association; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama; BD MedMined Services; and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama

Dress: Business attire

Accommodations Sheraton Birmingham: Click to reserve a room by March 20 in the Quality Forum block for $119. Hotel address: 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North, Birmingham.

Parking: Attendees can park in the deck across the street at a discounted price of $8 per day. Please collect your ticket upon entering the deck and turn it in at the Quality Forum registration desk. There is a skywalk entry to the Sheraton from the deck, and the parking deck address is 917 22nd Street N.

Registration: Go to www.aqaf.com and click on “News and Events” and then “Events Calendar.” Click on the link to register for Quality Forum: http://www.aqaf.com/qf Physicians, click this link to register for physician-only breakfast. There is no charge for either registration.

Continuing Education: We have applied for and anticipate receiving continuing education credits from the following organizations. Please note, the CEUs will be divided into morning and afternoon time blocks. Participants can stay for both sessions for a full day’s credit.

  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Alabama Board of Nursing
  • Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Alabama Nursing Home Administrators

We have also applied for and anticipate receiving CMEs for physicians and pharmacists!

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the St. Vincent’s Health System and the Alabama Hospital Association. The St. Vincent’s Health System is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The St. Vincent’s Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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