Coordinating Center

About the Coordinating Center

 

Coordinating Center Team

 

The University of Michigan serves as the Coordinating Center for HMS and is responsible for collecting and analyzing comprehensive clinical data from the participating hospitals. It uses these analyses to evaluate and understand current practice, support the implementation of improvemeent strategies, and to evaluate change over time.  The Coordinating Center supports participants in establishing quality improvement goals and assists them in implementing best practices.

Coordinating Center Leads

Scott Flanders

Program Director - Scott Flanders, MD, flanders@med.umich.edu
HMS Team Member since 2010  

Scott Flanders, MD, Professor of Medicine, serves as Director of the Hospitalist Program and Associate Chair for Quality and Innovation in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Flanders was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and is a Past-President of SHM.  He received his Medical Degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency and chief residency at the University of California, San Francisco.

 

Project Manager - Elizabeth McLaughlin, BSN, MS, emcnair@med.umich.edu
HMS Team Member since 2011

Elizabeth is a Project Senior Manager in the Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.  Prior to becoming Project Manager, Elizabeth was the assistant project manager, a QA/Nurse Coordinator as well as the HMS clinical data abstractor for the University of Michigan.  Prior to her position in the HMS Coordinating Center, she was a cardiac progressive care nurse for over 5 years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing as well as her Masters in Nursing Business and Health Systems from the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

 

Project Advisor- Julie Wietzke, MHSA, MLS, jwietzke@med.umich.edu
HMS Team Member since 2010  

Julie Wietzke, MHSA, MLS, is an administrative manager in the Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.  Prior to joining the HMS Coordinating Center in 2010, she has been employed by the University of Michigan for over 10 years in various roles associated with the management and administration of research.  She received her Health Management and Policy degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and her Library Science degree, specializing in health sciences information, from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.  

 

Other Members of the Coordinating Center Team

 

QI Consultant & Data Design Expert – Steven Bernstein, MD, MPH, sbernste@med.umich.edu  
HMS Team Member since 2010

Steve is Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School; Director of Clinical Value & Innovations for the University of Michigan Medical Group; and a Research Scientist in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health. He has particular interest in appropriateness of use of medical technology, quality of care, outcomes, and doctor-patient decision making.

 

QI Consultant & PICC Resource Expert - Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc, vineetc@med.umich.edu  
HMS Team Member since 2010

Vineet is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the University of Michigan Medical School as well as an Attending and Staff Physician at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  He is the physician lead on the HMS Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Use Initiative.  He has particular interest in hospital-based medicine and clinical outcomes and expertise in vascular-access related complications and patient safety.   

 

QI Consultant & Antimicrobial Resource Expert - Tejal Gandhi, MD, tgandhi@med.umich.edu  
HMS Team Member since 2015

Tejal Gandhi, MD is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is the Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Michigan Medicine and Chair of the Antimicrobial Subcommittee. Tejal is the physician lead on the HMS Antimicrobial Use Initiative. She received her Medical Degree from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency, HIV medicine fellowship, and Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Michigan. She is particularly interested in measuring the impact of disease-based stewardship interventions on patient outcomes, process measures, and antibiotic utilization.  

 

QI Consultant & Antimicrobial Resource Expert - Valerie Vaughn, MD, valmv@med.umich.edu  
HMS Team Member since 2015

Valerie Vaughn, MD MSc, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Michigan Medical School as well as an Attending Physician at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is the hospitalist lead on the HMS Antimicrobial Use Initiative. She completed her Medical Degree, residency, chief residency, and Masters in Health Services Research at the University of Michigan.  She is particularly interested in measuring, understanding, and improving appropriate use of antibiotic therapy in order to improve patient safety.

QA/Nurse Coordinator – Liz Vasher, BSN, evasher@umich.edu
HMS Team Member since 2014

Liz is a Program Evaluation Specialist in the Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the HMS Team, Liz worked in clinical research most recently at the Comprehensive Cancer Center and prior to that at Parke-Davis/Pfizer.  Her nursing experience includes working with cardiac step down, surgical ICU and urology/surgery patients. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Nazareth College.

QI Consultant & VTE Resource Expert – Paul Grant, MD, paulgran@med.umich.edu
HMS Team Member since 2010

Paul is a hospitalist in the Division of General Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is the Director of Consultative and Perioperative Medicine and has published several papers in the fields of venous thromboembolism prevention and perioperative medicine.

 

Database Analyst/Webmaster - Danny Nielsen, MS, cypher@med.umich.edu
HMS Team Member since 2012

Danny is a database analyst/programmer intermediate in the Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.  Prior to joining the HMS Coordinating Center, Danny worked at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and he was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He has a master's degree in clinical health psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

 

Biostatistician – Anna Conlon, PhD, achern@med.umich.edu
HMS Team Member since 2016

Anna is a biostatistician in the Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the HMS Coordinating Center, Anna received her PhD and worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at U of M where her research focused on the validation of intermediate variables as surrogate markers and the use of intermediate variables as auxiliary variables for the final outcomes of interest in clinical trials. Anna worked as a research analyst at Arbor Research, where she worked on methodological research for instrumental variable analyses and provided analytic support for a multi-institutional longitudinal study of childhood liver diseases.

 

Administrative Assistant Senior – Jennifer Minock, BS, cjennife@med.umich.edu
HMS Team Member since 2017

Jennifer is an administrative assistant senior in the Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan – Flint. She completed a relevant quality initiative internship at Beaumont – Rose Cancer Center in the Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic for Head and Neck Cancer. Her role provides support for the HMS Team members and organizes collaborative wide meetings for participating hospitals.

 

Program Evaluation Specialist – Sarah Nota, MPH, snota@med.umich.edu
HMS Team Member since 2017

Sarah is a Program Evaluation Specialist in the Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. Sarah recently joined the team from Spectrum Health System where she worked in grant administration. Prior to that she was a clinical research coordinator in pediatrics at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital focusing in pulmonary and neurology clinical trials. Sarah received her BS in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and obtained her MPH with a focus in Health Education and Programs from Grand Valley State University.

 

Program Evaluation Specialist – Tawny Aspley, MHI, BSN, RN, tapsley@med.umich.edu
HMS Team Member since 2017

Tawny is a Program Evaluation Specialist in the Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. Tawny joined us after the completion of her Masters in Health Informatics at the University of Michigan Schools of Information and Public Health. Prior to her time as a Graduate Student, she was employed as a Registered Nurse at Michigan Medicine in the Adult Inpatient Rehabilitation department. Tawny received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan.