CHCO CEPS Funded Projects

Human Trafficking Screening in a Children's Hospital

Denise Abdoo, PhD, CPNP | Kathleen Adelgais, MD, MPH | Kristin Kim, MD, PhD | Antonia Chiesa, MD | Alisa Thomas, LCSW | Irina Topoz, MD  

Optimizing Perioperative Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Penicillin Allergy Labels in the Pre-Admission Testing Clinic

Gee Mei Tan, MD | Carolyn Foley, MD | Patrick Fernandez, MD | Maureen Bauer, MD | Taylor Lin, MD | Laura Wang, MD | James Thomas, MD | Christina MacBrayne, PharmD | Stacey Wall, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC | Rachel Burns MS, APRN, CPNP-PC | Stig Somme, MD           

Reducing Unnecessary Hospital Acquired Conditions and Harm in Critically Ill Children through Implementation of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit High-Risk Patient Rounding Program

Michele Loi, MD | Sara Galt, RN, MSN | Lora Byrne, DM, MBA, BSN, CNML | Elizabeth Diaz, RN, MEd, CCRN | Beth Wathen, RN, MSN, CCRN-K | Kelly Reichert, MS, RN, FNP-C, CCRN-K | Nicole Diehl, RN | Andrea Reinecke               

Implementing an Early Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis Guideline with a Systematic, Coordinated, and Inter-Disciplinary Approach

Montida Chowanadisai, MD | Kilby Mann, MD | Kristiana Burton, PT | Beth McManus, PT | Lindsay Warner, OT | James Hedgecock, PT, DPT, PCS | Heather Mahnken, OT | Andra Dingman, MD | Jennifer Armstrong, MD | Theresa Grover, MD        

Improving Access to Preventive Oral Health Care for Children with Medical Complexity

Kristina Malik, MD | Chris Stille, MD | Patricia Braun, MD | Karen Wells, RDH        

Low Fidelity Simulation Application Proof of Concept: A Quality Improvement Initiative to Enable Consistent, Efficient, and Affordable Simulation of Critically Ill Children in the Emergency Department

Anne Adema, MD | Chisom Abgim, MD | Tara Neubrand, MD | Nithin Ravi, MD | Sandra Spencer, MD | Irina Topoz, MD | Alexandria Weiersma, MD | Ryan Caltagirone, MD | Sarah Taylor Peters, RN | Traci Ertle, RN | Marianne Jeppeson, RN | Sarah Schmidt, RN            

Implementation of Extubation Readiness Trials in the CHCO NICU

Rebecca Shay, MD, MAS | Danielle Smith, MD, MAS | Kristen Berlin, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC | Anna Fry, RRT | Andrea Reinicke BSRC, RRT-NPS | Blair Weikel   

Improving Patient-Centered Care by Integrating Developmental and Cognitive Assessments for Pediatric Patients Followed in the Pulmonary Hypoplasia Multidisciplinary Clinic
Stephanie Takamatsu, PhD | Allison Dempsey, PhD | Kenneth Liechty, MD | Sandra Friedman, MD      

Reducing Unplanned Extubations in the Operating Room

Tyler Morrissey, MD |  Thanh Nguyen, MD |  Gina Whitney, MD |  Kim Strupp, MD |  Tessa Mandler, MD |  Thanh Nguyen, MD |  Bethany Morris, MD |  Young May Cha, MD |  Nick Stringer, MD |  Adriana Martin, MD |  Michelle Chiodini, RN |  Carleen Schneiter, MD |  Michelle Loi, MD |  Cam Gunville, MD |  Nicole Diehl, RN |  Rebecca Shay, MD |  Andrea Reinicke, RRT |  Valeri Aymami, MSN, RN

Pediatric Hospitalization: Valuable Opportunity for COVID Vaccination

Brendan Mulhern, MD | Suchitra Rao, MD | Mark Brittan, MD |   Kim O’Hara, MD | Chantel Urban | Michelle Akey | Ada Koch, PharmD | Mollie Kempa, PharmD | Vicotria Swingle, MD | Maliya Conley-Mishaw, MD | Jessica Purdue, RN | Michelle Rodriguez, RN | Jamie Bizal, RN | Kelly Galloway |  Brian Neiss              

Improving the Culture Surrounding Tracheal Aspirates in Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Monika Jelic, MD | Samuel Dominguez, MD, PhD | Sarah Parker, MD | Donna Curtis, MD | Christopher Baker, MD | Sarah Jung, PhD | Stacey Hamilton | Meghan Birkholz    

RN Putting the BI Back in SBIRT: Addressing Cannabis Use Disorder in Adolescents

Clifford Costello, MD | Jennifer Woods, MD | Tamara Martinez, MD | Curt Frenzel, RN | Andie Keefover,

Improving Flow in ED Supertrack Patients

Daniel Lam, MD | Chisom Agbim, MD | Bernadette Johnson, MD | Cortney Braund, MD | Sarah Schmidt, MD | Matt Chercie, RN | Kaleigh Ogawa, RN              


Reducing Antibiotic Overuse in Children without Radiographic Pneumonia

Jillian Cotter, MD | Sarah Parker, MD | Sonja Ziniel, PhD | Christine MacBrayne, PharmD, MSCS | Lilliam Ambroggio, PhD, MPH | Kevin Messacar, MD | Sam Dominguez, MD, PhD | Rakesh Mistry, MD, MS

Understanding the Effects of Noise Pollution on Sleep in Critically Ill Pediatric Patients and their Parents 

Gina DeMaselis, MD | Ann Lieb, PharmD | Pam Reiter, PharmD | Stacy Simon, PhD | Stephen Hawkins, MD | Dana Downen, RT | Andrea Reinicke, RT | Robin Thomas, RN | Shanda Cahoy, RN | Madison Fritz, RN | Patti Cummings | Todd Carpenter, MD | Cameron Gunville, DO

Optimizing Perioperative Clinical Outcomes for Patients Labelled Penicillin Allergic with Department Specific Pathway

Carolyn Foley, MD | Taylor Lin, MD | Maureen Bauer, MD | Patrick Fernandez, MD | James Thomas, MD | Carolyn Foley, MD | Christina MacBrayne, PharmD | Stacey Wall, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC | Rachel Burns MS, APRN, CPNP-PC | Stig Somme, MD

Making a Smooth Transition: Improving the CF Pediatric to Adult Care Process

Courtney Lynn, PhD | Emily Muther, PhD | Alisa Gray, LCSW | Cathy Chacon, RN

Patient-centered, Evidence-based Obesity Management and Care Coordination for Youth with Autism and Intellectual Disability

Jaime Moore, MD, MPH | Richard Boles, PhD | Suzanne Paul, FNP-C | Breta Alstrom, RD | Heidi Johnson, LSW | Michael Witten, MS, CSCS | Theresa Ream, BSN, RN | Jill Permeswaran, CPNP-PC

Improving the Frequency and Quality of Parental Updates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Christina Ramo, MD | Sunah Hwang, MD, MPH, PhD | Stephanie Bourque, MD, MSCS | Kristin Gossett, LSW | Michelle Mueller | Tammy Dean | Andrea Himmelberger, RN | Kristiana Burton, PT

Improving Neurocognitive Screening in Pediatric Leukemia and Lymphoma Patients

Elise Turner, PhD | Greta Wilkening, PsyD, PhD, ABPP | Kelly Maloney, MD | Lia Gore, MD

Defining "At Risk for Asthma" Population in Bronchiolitis: Reducing Unnecessary Asthma Treatments in Bronchiolitis and Improving Early Asthma Diagnosis

John (Jay) Watson, MD | Sarah Pihl, CPNP-AC, MSN, RN | Amy Tyler, MD, MSCS

Clean Anesthesia - Improving Anesthesia Provider Hand Hygiene and Reducing Surface Contamination of the Anesthesia Work Environment

Gina Whitney, MD | Patrick Fernandez, MD | Tom Majcher, MD | Jeremy Deer, MD | Deb Agustin, AA | Ray Choi, MD | Gee Mei Tan, MD | Carolyn Foley, MD | Kathleen Martinez, RN | Laura Barg-Walkow, PhD | Russ Ingram

Using Virtual Reality Technologies to Reduce Anesthesia in Kids undergoing Radiology Exams

Browne, Lorna, MD | Thomas, James, MD

Improvements in Central Venous Catheter Repair After Standardized Training

Diaz-Miron, Jose, MD | Katherine Flynn CPNP | Chistoper Derderian, MD | Jennifer Bruny, MD

Hitting the Mark: Standardizing Central Venous Catheter Placement Training and Practice in the PICU

Ryan Good, MD | Todd Carpenter, MD | Cam Gunville, MD | Michele Loi, MD

Preventing Unnecessary Harm through Multidisciplinary Improvement of a Pediatric Rapid Response System

Justin Lockwood, MD | Beth Wathen | Lisa Peters | Melissa Iwanwski | Todd Carpenter, MD

Implementation of a Point-of-Care Lung Ultrasound Curriculum for Pediatric Hospitalists

Aaron Manning, MD | Jillian Cotter, MD

Food as Medicine

Erin McGonagle, MD | Elizabeth McGinn, MD | Christina Suh, MD

Developing New Methods for Expedited Partner Treatment in Adolescents

Ashley Plummer, RN, Molly Richards, MD | Cate Rothenberg | Laura Rang, PharmD

Improving Antimicrobial Prescribing in the Child Health Clinic

Nicole Poole, MD | Sarah Parker, MD | Christine MacBrayne, PharmD | Mackenzie DeVine, Pharm D | David Fox, MD

Implementation of Evidence-Based Guidelines to Improve Patient Safety During Non-Emergent Neonatal Intubation

Rebecca Shay, MD | Theresa Grover, MD | James Barry, MD | Blair Weikel | Danielle Smith, MD | Jeanne Zenge, MD

Clinical Integration of Social Determinants of Health to Improve Pediatric Clinical Asthma Outcomes, a Multi-disciplinary Approach

Mfon Udoko, MD | Kate Johnston, MD | Monica Federico, MD

Cardiac Inpatient Neurodevelopmental Care Optimization (CINCO)

Kelly Wolfe, MD | Jesse Davidson, MD

Understanding Needs and Evaluating Outcomes of a Model of Clinical Improvement to Increase Access to Psychiatric Intervention during Medical Hospitalizations for Adolescents after a Suicidal Event

Lauren Wood, PhD | Allison Dempsey, PhD


Hot dog! Are you ready to wean? Improving Care of Patients with Bronchiolitis through Standardization of Heated High Flow Weaning

Laura Lockwood, MD | Leigh Ann Bakel, MD, MSc | Elise Rolison, RRT-NPS | Elizabeth Donlin, MSN, RN, CPN

Improving Call Center and Health System Utilization by Implementing a Novel Call Center-based Mobile Interim Care Advice (MICA) Initiative

Cinnamon Dixon, DO, MPH | Daniel Nicklas, MD | Jamie Klein, RN | Julie Munder, RN

Development and Implementation of High Fidelity Simulation for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Melisha Hanna, MD, MS | Jennifer Lusk, BSN, RN, CCRN | Michael Carlisle, MD

Increasing Telehealth Visits for Patients and Families with Limited English Proficiency

Darcy Thompson, MD, MPH | Christina Olson, MD | Lisa Ross DeCamp, MD, MSPH | John Thomas, PhD

Implementation of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in the CHCO ERAS Program

Jeannie Zuk, PhD, RN | Kyle Rove, MD | Karol Monnet, RN | Duncan Wilcox, MD | Sheryl Holbrook, RN

Enhancing Nephrotoxic Medication NINJA Bundle Compliance and Acute Kidney Injury Recognition among Hospitalized Patients

Katja Gist, DO | Abby Kim, PharmD, BCOP | Jens Goebel, MD | Case Duggan, PharmD, MBA | Amy Poppy, PharmD | Alex Ahearn, MD | Danielle Soranno, MD | Jason Gien, MD | Erin Stenson, MD | Melissa Iwonowski, MPH, BSN, RN, CPN | Denise Pickard, RN, Sara Martin, RN

Early Exercise Prescription to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric Concussion Patients 

Julie Wilson, MD | David Howell, PhD | Allison D'Lauro, DPT | Melissa Randall, DPT | Bridget Younger Med, ATC | Brittney Millett, ATC

Improving Identification of Suicide Risk Factors Among Youth in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Quality Improvement Initiative to Standardize Screening of Known Suicide Risk Factors

Rachel Cafferty, MD (Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow) | Tien Vu, MD | Maya Haasz, MD | Sarah Schmidt, MD, MSHI

Extending Handshake Stewardship Services at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Sarah Parker, MD | Christine MacBrayne, PharmD, MSCS | Jason Child, PharmD | Kelly Pearce

Opioid Stewardship

Patrick Fernandez, MD | Ashley Reid, PharmD | Melissa Masaracchia, MD | Ryan Mooney, PA | Matt Millard, PharmD | Justin Heizer, PharmD | Jenny Reese, MD | Sarah Nickels, MSW, PhD | Tod Bos, BA

Clinical Pathway Utilization in Acute Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Initiative to Enable Consistent, Efficient and Excellent care that is Easy to Deliver 

Irina Topoz, MD | Alexandria Wiersma, MD | Kaylee Wickstrom, RN | Joan MacKenzie, MS, CPNP

Reducing Inappropriate Testing and Over Diagnosis of Clostridium Difficile at Children’s Hospital Colorado 

Jillian Cotter, MD | Claire Stokes, MD | Keith Hazleton, MD | Carrye Cost, MD | Samantha Bacon, MD | Ginny Lugo | Mikayla Norcross, RN | Jason Child, PharmD | Rebecca Coughlin | David Brumbaugh, MD | Samuel Dominguez, MD, PhD

Medstat: Improving CPR and Survival of Pediatric Cardiac Arrest in the Emergency Department

Tara Neubrand, MD | Natasha Cabrera, MD | Stacey Cabrera, RN |  Anthony Watkins, RN | Michael Distefano, MD

ERAS Implementation at CHCO

Kyle Rove, MD | Duncan Wilcox, MD | Megan Brockel, MD | Lisa McLeod, MD

Optimize Surgical Prophylaxis to Prevent Surgical Infections and Decrease Antimicrobial Waste at CHCO

Sarah Parker, MD | Jason Child, PharmD | Amanda Hurst, PharmD | Kelly Pearce | Casey Dugan, PharmD, MBA

Right Patient, Pight place, Right Time: Risk Stratification for Children Undergoing Adenotonsillectomy in Ambulatory vs. Tertiary Care Settings

Norman Friedman, MD| Renee Crowder, RN | Sarah Derieg, RN, DNP | Regina Hoefner-Notz, BSN, MSN | Lisa McLeod, MD, MSCE

Implementing a Diagnostic Error Screening Tool in Pediatric Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Sites

Irina Topoz, MD | Joe Grubenhoff, MD, MSCS

Breathing Easier: Improving the Safety of Rapid Sequence Intubation in the CHCO Emergency Departments (ED) and Urgent Cares (UC)

Sarah Schmidt, MD | Tara Neubrand, MD | Marcela Mendenhall, MD | Michelle Alletag, MD | Jason Woods, MD

Maintain & Innovate:  High Quality Data and Analysis to Sustain High Quality Emergency Care for Pediatric Sepsis

Halden Scott, MD | Sara Deakyne Davies, MPH | Kathleen Grice | Lalit Bajaj, MD, MPH | Irina Topoz, MD | Joni Mackenie, MS, CPNP | Danella Pochman, MS, CPNP | Lindsey Shaw, MS, CPNP

Improving Iron Overload Screening in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders


Holly Pacenta, MD | Joanne Hilden, MD | Shelby Winzent, PA | Chris McKinney, MD | Taizo Nakano, MD | Brian Branchford, MD | Amy Keating, MD | Kelly Maloney, MD | Roger Giller, MD | Brandon Nuechterlein, PA | Becky Coughlin | Dawn Law | Luis Perez

Improving Clinical Encounters for Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth


Natalie Nokoff, MD | Daniel Reirden, MD | Jennifer Barber, RN | Abby Simon, LCSW

Implementing Screening Processes to Enhance Identification of Psychological Concerns in Pediatric Cardiology

Sarah Kelly, PsyD | Dunbar Ivy, MD | Jeffrey Darst, MD | Kelly Wolfe, PhD | Cindy Buchanan, PhD | Elizabeth Steinberg, PhD, MA

Screening Inpatients for Unmet Social Needs

Michelle Torok | PhD | Mark Brittan, MD | Shelby Chapman


Building Safety Capacity and Reducing Duration of Central Venous Catheters in Spine Fusion Patients

Lisa McLeod, MD, MSCE | Elise Benefield RN, BSN | Jessica Cataldi, MD | Mindy Cohen, MD | Rachel Fisherkeller, CPNP-PC

Blood Pressure Elevation Awareness: Aim Toward Better Diagnosis and Treatment

Jennifer L. Woods, MD | Megan D. Jacobs, MD

Improve the Quality of Care of Patients with Mobility Impairments

Alison Ballard, CPNP | Terri Carry, PT

Design and Implementation of a Quality Improvement Program for Nephrotoxic Medication-Associated Acute Kidney Injury: The NINJA Program (Nephrotoxic Injury Negated by Just in Time Action)

Gist, Katja, MD | Danielle Soranno, MD | Timothy Stidham, MD

Develop a Prospective ED AMS Prescribing Data Registry for Outpatient Infections Treated in the CHCO ED and NOC

Rakesh D. Mistry, MD, MS | Michael DiStefano, MD | Kevin Carney, MD | Irina Topoz, MD | Sarah Parker, MD, PhD | Amanda Hurst, PhD | Sara Deakyne, MPH

Adaptive Care Program for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Lina Patel, PsyD

Education Across the Continuum for CLABSI Prevention in the Ambulatory TPN Patient

Jason Soden, MD

Improving Effectiveness of the Target Zero (TZ) Safety Coach Program 

Sharon Sables-Baus, PhD, MPA, PCNS-BC | Jessica Schwartz, MHA | Darwin Roth, RN | Jason Zamkoff, MD

Improving Quality of Care for Patients with Nonepileptic Seizures

Edward Dill, PhD | Angelina Koehler, CPNP-PC

Parent/Caregiver Attitudes and Understanding of Complex Medication Regimens

Allison Beck Blackmer, PharmD, BCPS | James Feinstein, MD | David Fox, MD

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