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Rural Quality Improvement Steering Committee

The purpose of the Rural Quality Improvement Steering Committee is to provide the framework for developing a QI plan that is comprehensive, integrated and holistic in its approach to quality management. The Committee was asked to make recommendations regarding forms, reports, and education that are needed to implement the model QI plan. 

The Nebraska Hospital Association, the QIO and the Nebraska Health & Human Services Office of Rural Health sponsored a Quality Improvement Conference in May of 2002. At that time several volunteers came forward to work on this project. Since 2002, others have joined the committee and its important work has continued.

Charge

The Rural Quality Improvement Steering Committee was charged with the responsibility of developing a model QI plan for Nebraska hospitals that will:

  • Provide a workable model for completing quality improvement activities
  • Satisfy regulatory requirements
  • Help hospitals assure the delivery of high-quality patient care
  • Developing sample forms for use in completing quality improvement activities
  • Developing a dashboard report for use by hospitals
  • Identifying education necessary to accomplish the goals of this plan
Current Members

Margaret Brockman, RN, MSN, Chair
Director, Office of Rural Health, Division of Public Health
Nebraska Health and Human Services
Lincoln

Nancy Jo Hansen
FLEX and SHIP Program Manager
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Lincoln

Marty Fattig, CEO
Nemaha County Hospital
Auburn

Denise Sabatka, RN, BSN
Director, Quality Services
Saunders Medical Center
Wahoo

Ted Fraser
MS Vice President
Great Plains QIN
Lincoln

Jackie Trojan, RN, BSN, CPHQ
Quality Improvement Advisor
Great Plains QIN
Lincoln

Anne Skinner, MS, RHIA
Data Analyst/Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha

Kermit Moore, COO
Nemaha County Hospital
Auburn

Jayne VanAsperen, RN, BSN
Rural Division Quality Officer
Bryan Health
Lincoln

Erin Starr, RN, MSN
Chief Quality Officer
Jefferson Community Health Center
Fairbury

Bill Redinger, BSQ, LSSGB, CQE, CPHQ
Risk Manager/Lean Six Sigma Coordinator
Kearney Regional Medical Center
Kearney

Anne Hansen, CPHQ, MSN, RN-BC
Director, Quality and Population Health
Prairie Health Ventures
Lincoln
 
Anne Timmerman, MT (ASCP), CPHQ
Quality Improvement and Patient/Resident Safety Coordinator
St. Francis Memorial Hospital
West Point

Katherine Jones, PhD, PT
President, Board of Directors
Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety
Omaha

Nikki Clement, RN, MSN
Network Coordinator, Rural Health Services
CHI Health Good Samaritan
Kearney

Amber Lubben, BSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Gothenburg Health
Gothenburg

Shari Michl
Director of Quality
Fillmore County Hospital
Geneva

Christina Pollard, BA
Chief Quality Officer
Valley County Health System
Ord

Donnette Hoyle, RN
Network Coordinator
CHI Rural Health Services
Lincoln

Gail Brondum, LPN, BS
Executive Director
Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety
Omaha

NHA Staff
Margaret Woeppel MSN, RN
Vice President, Quality Initiatives
Nebraska Hospital Association
Lincoln

Dana Steiner, BSN, MBA
HIIN Program Manager
Nebraska Hospital Association
Lincoln

Andrea Cramer-Price
HIIN Program Manager
Nebraska Hospital Association
Lincoln