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Local Medical Professionals Participate in HRET/AHA National Improvement Leader Fellowship

May 31, 2012 – Pratt Regional Medical Center congratulates Chief Nursing Officer, Sherry Besser, RN and Infection Control Manager, Cecile Pearce, RN. They recently participated in the National Improvement Leader Fellowship hosted by the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), in Chicago. As participants in the Partnership for Patients latest initiative, Hospital Engagement Network, both Besser and Pearce have agreed to attend a total of three educational sessions to become a mentor in Kansas’ quality improvement infrastructure. The goal of the Fellowship program is to help improve safety and outcomes for patients across the State. Their leadership skills will drive change management, facilitation of new processes, enhanced teamwork, and the creation of a culture of safety throughout the workplace.

“The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) is enthusiastic and committed to investing in the development of the leadership skills of Kansas’ healthcare professionals,” said Kendra Tinsley, executive director of KHC. “In total, we expect to assist more than 100 individuals in attending the Improvement Leader Fellowship training. These individuals will be the champions of quality improvement throughout their facilities and the state.”

KHC provides support for this initiative and understands how participation in the National Improvement Leader Fellowship will raise the bar on quality across the State.

“This work will result in a self-sustainable, in-state network comprised of local and statewide champions to improve quality, safety and outcomes for all Kansas patients,” Tinsley said. “In addition, the work aligns, engages and equips health care providers at all levels to improve quality, safety and outcomes.”

The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) is a provider-led organization. Its mission is to transform health care through patient-centered initiatives that improve quality, safety and value. Founded in 2008 by the Kansas Medical Society (KMS) and Kansas Hospital Association (KHA), KHC embodies the commitment of two of the state’s leading health care provider groups to act as a resource and continuously enhance the quality of care provided to Kansans. For more information about the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative visit

KHC is under contract with the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), to support the Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign. The Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), is a national initiative designed to provide technical assistance, training events, and learning sessions for hospitals to reduce harm and complications to patients.

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