Coordinating Center

About the Coordinating Center

 

 

Michigan Medicine houses 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 improvement 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, MD

Program Director
HMS Team Member since 2010

Scott Flanders, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, serves as Chief Clinical Strategy Officer for the University of Michigan Health System, Vice Chair of External Relations in the Department of Internal Medicine within Michigan Medicine, and is a hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Medicine. 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.

Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc

QI Consultant and PICC Physician Lead
HMS Team Member since 2010

Vineet is Division Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. He is also 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 and Midline Use Initiatives.  He has particular interest in hospital-based medicine and clinical outcomes and expertise in vascular-access related complications and patient safety.   

Tejal Gandhi, MD

QI Consultant and Antimicrobial Physician Lead
HMS Team Member since 2015

Tejal Gandhi, MD is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases within Michigan Medicine.  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.  

Elizabeth McLaughlin, MSN, RN

Project Manager
HMS Team Member since 2011

Elizabeth is a Project Senior Manager in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine within 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.

Hallie Prescott, MD, MSc

QI Consultant and Sepsis Physician Lead
HMS Team Member since 2019

Hallie Prescott, MD, MSc is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care within Michigan Medicine and a Staff Physician at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is the physician lead on the HMS Sepsis Initiative. Hallie completed medical school, residency, and chief residency at Ohio State University, and fellowship and Masters in Health Services Research at the University of Michigan. She is interested in sepsis, performance measurement, and long-term outcomes after critical illness. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines, as a council member of the International Sepsis Forum, and on the advisory board of Sepsis Alliance.

Other Members of the Coordinating Center Team

Steven Bernstein, MD, MPH

QI Consultant & Data Design Expert
HMS Team Member since 2010

Steve is the Chief Quality Officer for Michigan Medicine.  Additionally, he is Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School 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.

Valerie Vaughn, MD, MSc

QI Consultant & Antimicrobial Resource Expert
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.

Lindsay Petty, MD

QI Consultant & Antimicrobial Resource Expert
HMS Team Member since 2017

Lindsay Petty, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases within Michigan Medicine. She is a member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Michigan Medicine. Lindsay is a QI Consultant & Antimicrobial Resource Expert on the HMS Antimicrobial Use Initiative. She completed her medical degree, Internal medicine and Pediatrics Residency, and Infectious Diseases and Transplant ID Fellowship at the University of Chicago. She is particularly interested in measuring the impact of disease-based stewardship interventions on patient outcomes and provider behaviors, and assessing how improving provider education can improve appropriate use of antibiotics to improve quality of care for patients.

Jakob McSparron, MD

QI Consultant & Sepsis Resource Expert
HMS Team Member since 2019

Jakob McSparron, MD is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  He serves as Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship and Associate Director of the Critical Care Medicine Unit. Jakob is a QI consultant and Sepsis Resource Expert on the HMS Sepsis Initiative. He completed his medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell. He went on to complete a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Harvard Combined Training Program. He is particularly interested in long term outcomes after critical illness.

Paul Grant, MD

QI Consultant & VTE Resource Expert
HMS Team Member since 2010

Paul is a hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Michigan Medicine, 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.

Tawny Czilok, MHI, BSN, RN

QA Coordinator
HMS Team Member since 2017

Tawny is a Program Evaluation Specialist in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine. Tawny joined the Coordinating Center after the completion of her Masters in Health Informatics at the University of Michigan Schools of Information and Public Health. Prior to completing her graduate work, 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.

Jessica Southwell, MSN, RN

QA Coordinator
HMS Team Member since 2019

Jessica is a Program Evaluation Specialist in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at Michigan. Prior to joining the HMS Coordinating Center, Jessica worked as a triage nurse in pediatric ambulatory care. Her clinical background includes cardiothoracic surgery, bone marrow transplant, and neonatal intensive care. She received her MSN with a focus in Health Systems, Populations, and Leadership and her BSN from the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

Rachel Burris, MSN, RN

QA Coordinator
HMS Team Member since 2018

Rachel is a Program Evaluation Specialist in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at Michigan. Prior to joining the HMS Coordinating Center, Rachel worked as a Patient Care Services Program Coordinator at Detroit Medical Center. Her clinical background includes acute care medicine and neurology/neurosurgical progressive care. She received her MSN with a focus in Health Systems, Populations, and Leadership and her BSN from the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

David Ratz, MS

Biostatistician
HMS Team Member since 2018

David is a statistician for the AAVA at the Center for Clinical Management and Research (CCMR).  Prior to joining the HMS Coordinating Center, David received his MS in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  David has worked at the AAVA for the past 7 years working on a variety of VA and UM research and quality improvement projects.  In addition to working with the Coordinating Center, David also currently works as an analyst with the Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP).

Megan O'Malley, PhD

Statistician Lead
HMS Team Member since 2019

Megan is a statistician lead in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine. Prior to joining the HMS Coordinating Center, Megan received both her MS and Ph.D. in Economics from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Her graduate research focused on the financial impacts of government quality improvement initiatives on safety-net hospitals and hospitalized patients.

Danny Nielsen, MS

Database Analyst/Programmer Senior
HMS Team Member since 2012

Danny is a database analyst/programmer senior in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine. 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.

Jennifer Horowitz, MA

Research Area Specialist Senior
HMS Team Member since 2019

Jennifer is a Research Area Specialist Senior in the Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine. Prior to joining the HMS Coordinating Center, she conducted research designed to understand the use of information technology (IT) in healthcare, exploring a wide variety of topics, including patient safety, quality of care, security of electronic medical records and the cost of healthcare delivery.  Jennifer holds a MA in Sociology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Bachelor’s degrees in Magazine Journalism and Sociology from Syracuse University. In addition to her work with the Coordinating Center, Jennifer also supports the Patients Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP).

Jennifer Minock, BS

Executive Assistant Senior
HMS Team Member since 2017

Jennifer is an Executive Assistant Senior in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine. 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.