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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 
Administrator
Office of Rural Health, Division of Public     
Health Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services
Lincoln

Cynthia Arnold, MSN RN-BC, LSSGB
Quality Leader

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

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

Dan DeFreece, MD
President
CHI Health St. Mary’s
Nebraska City

Marty Fattig, MHA, ACHE
Chief Executive Officer 
Nemaha County Hospital 
Auburn

Anne Hansen, CPHQ, MSN, RN-BC
Director Quality and Population Health 
Prairie Health Ventures
Lincoln

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

Treva Hanson
Director of Nursing 
York General Hearthstone
York

Shalynne Hohnholt, RN
Director of Nursing/LTC RN consultant
Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home
Newman Grove

Donnette Hoyle, RN, BSN 
Network Coordinator 
CHI Rural Health Services 
Lincoln

Victoria Kennel, PhD
Assistant Professor
Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
Division of Allied Health Research
College of Allied Health Professions
Omaha

Kyle Klammer, MD
Primary Care Physician
Lexington Regional Medical Center
Lexington

Amber Lubben
Quality & Risk Manager
Kearney Regional Medical Center

Shari Michl, RN, CPHQ
Director of Quality
Fillmore County Hospital 
Geneva

Darcy Ost, BSN, RN
Surgery Nurse
York General Hospital
York

Francine Parmenter
Quality Management Director
Twelve Clans Unity Hospital
Winnebago

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

Jan Rains RN
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Beatrice Community Hospital 
Beatrice

Bill Redinger, BSQ, LSSGB, CQE, CPHQ
Risk Manager, Compliance & Emergency Management
Grand Island Regional Medical Center
Grand Island

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

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

Charlene Sanders
Patient & Family Advisor

Erin Starr, RN, BSN 
Chief Quality Officer
Jefferson Community Health & Life
Fairbury

Anne Timmerman, MT (ASCP), CPHQ
Director of Quality & Safety
Franciscan Healthcare
West Point

Sarah Thornburg BSN, RN
Network Coordinator
CHI Health

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

Suzi VonBergen RN
COO/CNO
Nemaha County Hospital
Auburn


NHA Staff
Margaret Woeppel MSN, RN, CPHQ
Vice President Quality and Data
Nebraska Hospital Association
Lincoln

Dana Steiner MBA, BSN
HIIN Program Director
Nebraska Hospital Association 
Elmwood