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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.

Current Members

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

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

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

Janet Endorf-Olson, BSN, RN, CPHQ
Quality Improvement Director Great Plains QIN

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

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

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

Donnette Hoyle, BSN, RN
Network Coordinator
CHI Health Rural Services
Amber Lubben, BSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Gothenburg Health

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

Kermit Moore, RN, BSN
Chief Operating Officer
Nemaha County Hospital, Auburn

Darcy Ost, BSN, RN
Performance Improvement, Educator Safety & Risk Management Coordinator
Henderson Health Care

Christina Pollard, BA
Chief Quality Officer
Valley County Health System

Bill Redinger, BSQ, LSSGB, CQE, CPHQ
Quality Engineer Specialist

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

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

Erin Starr, RN, BSN, CPHQ
Chief Quality Officer
Jefferson Community Health & Life
Anne Timmerman, MT (ASCP), CPHQ
Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement Coordinator
St. Francis Memorial Hospital
West Point

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

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

NHA Staff
Margaret Woeppel MSN, RN
Vice President, Quality & Data
Nebraska Hospital Association

Dana Steiner, BSN, MBA
HQIC Quality & Performance Improvement Director
Nebraska Hospital Association

Amber Kavan
HQIC Quality & Performance Improvement Manager
Nebraska Hospital Association


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