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Outcomes Congress - August 26, 2009

Event Description

The Outcomes Congress was the final event of the Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative and served as the culmination of initiative accomplishments.  The initiative began in June 2008.  Initiative participants were accepted in July 2008 and began initial activities in September 2008.  Over the next ten months participants participated in a variety of activities directed at preventing pressure ulcers.  The Outcomes Congress was the final activity of the initiative.  The agenda was designed to provide initiative results to participants. 

Goals of the Outcomes Congress:

  • Highlight achievements in pressure ulcer prevention throughout Indiana
  • Facilitate opportunities for collaboration and partnering to improve healthcare quality
  • Contribute to improved care coordination and continuity of the initiative
  • Provide direction and promote initiative continuity

The Outcomes Congress was held on August 26, 2009.  Nearly 600 individuals attended the congress to include staff from participating facilities and agencies, health care organizations, and staff from some of the facilities and agencies scheduled to participate in the second phase of the initiative beginning in August 2009 through 2010. 


2009 Outcomes Congress


The following are presentations from the Outcomes Congress.  Not all participants had Powerpoint presentations.  Select the title of the presentation to access the presentation. 

Improving Health Care Quality” - Dr. Judith Monroe, MD, FAAFP, State Health Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health. 

In her presentation, Dr. Monroe highlighted the outcomes of the Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative.  She also discussed health care problems in Indiana that contribute to the development of pressure ulcers. 

Dr.  Monroe was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels as the Indiana State Health Commissioner in March 2005.  She chairs the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation (ITPC) Executive Board and is a member of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) Board.  In 2008 Dr. Monroe became President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and is a member of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).  Dr. Monroe received her medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Following her residency she fulfilled a four-year National Health Service Corps commitment by practicing in Appalachia before joining the faculty at Indiana University and subsequently directing the Family Medicine Residency Program and Primary Care Center at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

The Future of Wound Care” - Joyce Black, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center and President of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. 

Dr. Black serves as an Associate Professor in the Adult Health and Illness Department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Dr. Black has been president of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel since January 2006 and is chairman of the advisory panel’s task force to redefine pressure ulcer staging.  She is certified in wound healing, plastic surgical nursing, and is a Fellow in the American Professional Wound Care Association.

Recognizing Successes in the Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative” – Ellen Miller, PhD, Executive Director, University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community.

Dr. Miller presented an overview of the initiative and discussed findings on pressure ulcer prevention system improvements implemented by participating facilities and agencies. 

Dr. Ellen Miller has been with the Center for Aging & Community since its inception in 2001 taking on her current role of Executive Director in 2005.  She holds the University's DeHaan Endowed Chair in Gerontology.  As Executive Director, Dr. Miller works to advance the Center's role as educator, consultant, convener and collaborator on issues important to older adults.  She has led the Center to a prominent role in gerontology education and training. 

Achievements in Pressure Ulcer Prevention” – Marilyn Hirsch, PhD, Branch Manager, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Dr. Hirsch presented an overview of federal efforts to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers and highlighted Indiana pressure ulcer data. 

Marilyn Hirsch is the Chicago Survey and Certification Coordination Branch Manager in the Region V office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  One of her roles is to coordinate activities related to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) goals.  The GPRA goals concern the prevention of pressure ulcers and reduction of restraints.  Dr Hirsch has a PhD in demography and has worked at CMS for almost 20 years.

Preventing Pressure Ulcers:  The Goal is Zero” – Kathy Duncan, RN, Faculty, Institute for Healthcare Improvement. 

Ms. Duncan is a registered nurse and faculty member with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  As faculty, she was co-leader of the National Field Team for the 5 Million Lives Campaign as well as a faculty member for the Improving Outcomes for High Risk and Critically Ill Patients Innovation Community.  Her responsibilities also include content for two areas: Prevention of Pressure Ulcers and the Deployment of Rapid Response Teams.  She also serves as a member of several advisory boards for care coordination and pressure ulcer prevention.  Duncan has held a variety of staff and management positions, most recently as Director of Critical Care for a large community hospital. 

Continuing Successes in Pressure Ulcer Prevention” – Terry Whitson, MS, JD, PhD (ABD), Assistant Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health. 

Terry wrapped up the Outcomes Congress with recognition of the collaborative team and an overview of initiative successes.