UCH CEPS Funded Projects

Sedation Off, Awake, and Rehabilitate (SOAR)

Mikita Fuchita, MD | Caitlin Blaine, MSHS, PA-C | Alexis Keyworth, MSHS, PA-C | Blake Primi, MD | Alyson Kelleher, RN | Breandan Sullivan, MD | Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT | Laura Rosenthal, DNP, ACNP, FAANP | Jeffrey Glasheen, MD | Gina Whitney, MD

Gait Speed Screening Initiative: To Identify Older Adults with Lower Functional Status at Risk of Falls

Hillary Lum, MD, PhD | Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD, FAPTA | Alexander Garbin, PT, DPT, PhD | Bennett Parnes, MD | Sarah Tietz, MD | Thomas Johnson, MD | Noelle Moreau | Hillary Duffy   

Standardizing the OPAT Discharge Process: Improving Transitions in Care

Lorna Allen, FNP-C | Brian Montague, DO | Larissa Pisney, MD | Cory Hussain, MD | Matt Miller, PharmD | Kyle Molina, PharmD | Sandra Koehler | Justine Rodriguez | Ray Brown | Tara Ward, NP | Henry Kramer, MD | Ann Czyz, RN | Mechelle Hibpschman, RN |  Heather Hallman, MHA, MSHS       


Improving the Delivery of Evidence-Based Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in the University of Colorado Hospital Emergency Department

Jason Hoppe, DO | Nat Truszczynski, PhD | Sean Michael, MD, MS | Kelly Bookman, MD

Postoperative Mobility Milestones for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Colorectal Surgery Patients

Ana Fernandez-Bustamante, MD, PhD |  Elisa Birnbaum, MD |  Mikita Fuchita, MD |  Cristina Winchester, BSN, RN, CMSRN |  Christopher White, PT, DPT, MSPT, OCS, EMT |  Danielle Sockolosky King, PT |  Kyle Ridgeway, PT |  Lisa Casanova-Sidoti, DNP, RN, CNOR, RNFA, CPHQ |  Alison Abraham, PhD, MS, MHS |  Ed Melanson, PhD     

Improving Outcomes in Patients with Alcohol-associated Liver Disease (ALD) Admitted to University of Colorado Hospital Non-Hepatology Service Lines

Paul Cannon, PA-C, MPH |  Anunta Virapongse, MD |  Sam Porter, MD |  Jay Burton, MD |  JP Norvell, MD |  Sara Stowell MSW, LSW |  Maura Burton, NP |  Arun Kannappan, MD |  Annie Chen, MD |  Minami Yamamura, MD |  Angela Keniston |  Lauren McBeth |  Eric Grimm |  Adnan S Syed           


Duplicate Charts and the Inpatient Contact Move Process

Hillary Landau, MD | Jonathan Pell, MD | Kendra Adams, MD | Edie Seffrood, MD | Jenna Rushin, RN        

An Intervention to Expand Hepatitis C Treatment among Hospitalized Patients with Substance Use Disorders with Linkage to Specialty Addiction Medicine Care at Discharge

Erin Bredenberg, MD | Susan Calcaterra, MD, MPH | Robin Bricker-Ford, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS, AAHIVP | Sara Scherrer, MD    

Improving the Quality of Obstetric Post-partum Hemorrhage Care through Use of a Vacuum-induced Hemorrhage Control Device (VHC)

Robyn Shaffer, MD | Cosette Kathawa, MD | Kristin Powell MD | Amy Sailor, RN | Karen Hampanda | Meggan Zsemlye, MD | Anne Behring, RN | Cynthia Aubol, RN     



Implementation of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Determined from Prospectively Collected Data of Postoperative Patients

Sudheer Vemuru, MD | Sarah Tevis, MD | Laura Leonard, MD | Maksym Goryachok, MS1 | Ethan Cumbler, MD | Kyle Bata, MS   


Implementation of a Clinical Decision Support Tool to Improve Adherence Rates in Screening for Barrett’s Esophagus

Sridevi K. Pokala, MD | Sachin Wani, MD | Blake Jones, MD | Camille Hochheimer, PhD  

Improving Evidence-based Clinical Documentation for Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Ambulatory GI Clinic through Pre-clinic My Health Connection Survey

Dennis Jing Zhou Wang, MD | Frank Scott, MD, MSCE | Blake Jones, MD | Steve Edmundowicz, MD           

Improving Family Engagement through Virtual Participation in Nursing Care Sessions in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Allison G. Dempsey, PHD | James Barry, MD | Lani Bowler, RN | Stephanie Takamatsu, PhD 

Improving Umbilical Cord Toxicology Testing Practices in the Level 1 Newborn Population

Christine Gold, MD | Katharine Lyle Holmes, PNP | Anne Behring, RN | Kim Vann, RN | Sarah Beatty, LCSW | James Barry, MD | Jessica Anderson, CNM

Increasing Advanced Care Planning in Specialty Ambulatory Clinics

Laura Peters, DNP, FNP-C | Jeanie Youngwerth, MD | Jennifer Rodgers, DNP, ACNP-BC | Colleen McIlvennan, DNP, PhD, ANP | Devyn Bontus, LSW | Amanda Ravare, RN

Identifying User/Non-User Priorities to Develop and Implement Effective Surgical Electronic Health Records-Based Clinical Pathways

Jeniann Yi, MD | Anunta Virapongse, MD |  Sarah Scarpato, MD |  Alyssa Dominguez, MD | Sarah Wendel, MD | Ethan Cumbler, MD | Ryan Gupta, MD | Alyson Kelleher, RN

Clinical Indications for Emergent Brain MRI Use in Patients Presenting with Acute Focal Neurologic Deficits

Igor Malenky, MD | Sharon Poisson, MD | Jennifer Simpson, MD | Justin Honce, MD | Matthew Salzberg, MD | Stefan Sillau, PhD

Improving Transitions of Care Following Acute Ischemic Stroke

Jarrett Leech, MD | Jennifer Simpson, MD | Michelle Leppert, MD | Stefan Sillau, PhD | Brandy Ravare | Kerri Jesperson | Lacy Franks | Elizabeth Tolve, LSW | Darlene Tad-y, MD

Improving Patient Understanding of Breast Pathology Reports

Laura Leonard, MD | Sarah Tevis, MD | Gretchen Ahrendt, MD | Dulcy Wolverton, MD | Benjamin Himelhoch, MD | Sharon Sams, MD | Ethan Cumbler, MD | Darlene Tad-y, MD

Improving Antithrombotic Adherence and Patient Education Following Lower Extremity Revascularization

Ryan Gupta, MD |  Jeniann Yi, MD | Katharine Perica, PharmD, BCPS | Michael Bronsert, PhD, MS | Henry Kramer, MD | Kerry Schwarz, PharmD

Multidisciplinary Intraoperative Assessment of Breast Specimens in Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Lumpectomy

Sudheer Vemuru, MD | Sarah Tevis, MD | Dulcy Wolverton, MD | Lauren McLemore, MD | Amber Berning, MD | Madeline Paton | Michael Bronsert, PhD | Gretchen Ahrendt, MD | Robyn Gerthoffer, RN | Allie Kovar, MD

Improving Management of Dyslipidemia in Type 1 Diabetes to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease 

G. Todd Alonso, MD | Shoshana Tell, MD | Gail Spiegel | Viral Shah, MD | Emily Nease | Ann Rottler

Development of an Effective System to Provide Ambulatory Virtual Care to New Patients with Epilepsy

Christine Baca, MD | Samuel Destefano, MD | Laura Palmer, QI | Ramsey Antoun, MBA | Kathy Deanda, RN, MSN | Beth Wilbur, Intake Coord | Jennifer Simpson, MD

Improving the Value of Care for Hospitalized Patients Experiencing Homelessness

Erin Bredenberg, MD | Gregory Misky, MD | AK Kopperud, MSW | Jason John, MD | Amanda Johnson, MD

The Initial Prenatal Visit: Evaluating Adherence to American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologist Guidelines

Diane Christopher, MD | Amy Markese, MD | Shawna Tonick, MD | Margo Harrison, MD | Dawn Maupin | Jennifer Alexander

Improving Inpatient and Emergency Room Management of Parkinson's Disease

Michelle Fullard, MD | Caroline Goldin, MD | Kathryn Tremolet de Villers, PharmD

Improving Guideline-Concordant Opioid Prescription Practices in Surgery Using Multimodal Approach

Victoria Huynh, MD | Sarah Tevis, MD | Ethan Cumbler, MD | Darlene Tad-Y, MD | Nicole Christian, MD | Mark Nehler, MD | Clark Lyda, PharmD

Screening for Emergent Large-vessel Occlusions using Focal Objective Neurologic Symptoms in Patients Arriving to the Emergency Department

Rebecca Pollard, MD | Sharon Poisson, MD | Michelle Leppert, MD | Jennifer Simpson, MD | Vincent Timpone, MD | Matthew Salzberg, MD | Stefan Sillau, PhD

Implementation of Enhanced Recovery Protocols for Patients Undergoing Breast Surgery to Reduce Opioid Use and Improve Perioperative Pain Management

Sarah Tevis, MD | Christodoulos Kaoutzanis, MD | Tori Huynh, MD | Amy Reppert, MD | Laura Pomerenke, MD | Inge Tamm-Daniels, MD | Allison Lock, PA | Jenn Romig, RN | Patricia Chlopik, RD

Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding Admissions: Improving Quality of Care After Endoscopy

Timothy Yen, MD | Swati Patel, MD | Frank I. Scott, MD | Sarguni Singh, MD | Kellie Haygood, BSN

UP to PPAR - Using Prompts To Promote PDMP Assessment Regularly

Richard Altman, MD | Peter Smith, MD | Jason Hoppe, DO

A Defined Bariatric Surgery Perioperative Clinical Care Process Can Improve Outcomes and Costs

Akshay Chauhan, MD | Typhanie Beasley, DNP, APRN, FNP | Richark Schulick, MD | Cathy Ehrenfeucht, CNO | Jonathan Schoen, MD | Kevin Rothchild, MD | Cate Roskind, CBN, Morgan Arranda, RN

Implementation of a Pilot Training to Improve Transgender Care at AF Williams Family Medical Center

Rebecca Mullen, MD | Shandra Brown Levy, PhD

Ensuring High Quality Colonoscopy: Development of an Automated Adenoma Detection Rate (ADR) Tracking and Reporting Tool

Blake Jones, MD | Swati Patel, MD, MS | Steve Edmundowicz, MD | Sachin Wani, MD | Greg Austin, MD | Kellie Haygood, BSN | Dylan Ray, MS | Lisa Schilling, MD, MSPH

Development of a Suspected New Cancer Diagnosis Pathway to Decrease Inpatient Admissions


Khooshbu Dayton, MD | Sarah Scarpato, MD | Li-Kheng Ngov, MD |  Dimitry Levin, MD | Elizabeth Kessler, MD | Matthew Salzberg, MD | Robin Tyner, PA-C

Nonmydriatic Ocular Fundus Photography in Emergency Department Patients

Jennifer Simpson, MD | Victoria Pelak, MD | Christopher McStay, MD | Marc Mathias, MD

The Impact of Standardized Surgical Site Prep Technique and a Formal Educational Curriculum on Surgical Site Infections at University of Colorado Hospital

Alexandra Kovar | Sarah Tevis, MD | Ethan Cumbler, MD | Matt Iorio, MD | Veronica Broslawik, MLS, MPH | Michelle Barron, MD | Kelly Joiner, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR | Cassandra Pender, MBA

Evaluating Patient-Reported Penicillin Allergies at UCH Pre-Operative Anesthesia Clinic to Reduce Non-Cephalosporin Perioperative Antibiotic Prophylaxis Use

Nicholas Alvey, MD, MPH | Angela Selzer, MD | Frank Newsome, RN | Tim Pratt, RN | Anjeli Kalri, MD

PACT-F: Perioperative Aspirin Continuation Task Force

Tom Gulvezan, MD, MBA | Angela Selzer, MD | Ethan Cumbler, MD | Nathan Clendenen, MD | Kevin Rogers, MD | Toby Trujillo, PharmD

Improving Care Transitions to Home Health Care through an Innovative Video-Teleconference Program: ECHO-HHC

Christine D. Jones, MD, MS | Ethan Cumbler, MD | Hemali Patel, MD | Jan Hagman, RN | Roya Yazdani, CM | Karin Harlan, SW | Karlene Hobbs | Tanya Budnikova, MBA | Gary Ruvins, JD, MBA | Bennett Parnes, MD | Chris Davis, MD, DTMH

Knowin’ Troponin: an EHR-based Clinical Decision Support Tool for Guideline Concordant Care of Patients with Elevated Troponin Levels

Karen Ream, PA | Andrew Levy, MD | Debra Anhoff, MD | Kim Marshall, BSN, RN | Jessica Nensel, DNP | Lorna Prutzman, RN, MSN | Ben Easter, MD, MBA | Sean Michael, MD, MBA | Matt Salzberg, MD | Julie A Rosser, DO | John Messenger, MD | Larry Allen, MD, MHS | Michael Ho, MD PhD 

Improving Quality, Safety and Effectiveness of Referrals to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the University of Colorado Hospital

Mesha-Gay Brown, MD | Cornelia Drees, MD | Rhonda DeBello, RN | Jennifer Simpson, MD

Burn Intensive Care Unit to Operating Room Transfer: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Increase Efficiency and Improve Utilization in a High Volume Service

Colby G. Simmons, DO, MBA | Jason Brainard, MD | Jason Williams, MD, MBA | Benjamin Scott, MD | Anne Wagner, MD | Arek Wiktor, MD | Jennifer Wilson, RN | Erin Lund, RN | Ethan Clarke, RN | Nate Weitzel | Michelle Ballou | Michelle Feller 

Preoperative Enhancement Program (PREP) to Reduce Surgical Site Infections

Maria Albuja-Cruz, MD | Alicia Heelan Gladden, MD | Robin Henrich, MBA | Thomas Garcia 

Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Project to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing in Upper Respiratory Infections in Seniors Clinic

Lakshmi Chauhan, MD | Kristine Erlandson, MD | Skotti Church, MD | Danielle Fixen, PharmD | Matthew Miller, PharmD

Behavioral Health Program Implementation

Hemali Patel, MD | Sara Stowell, MSW, LSW


Optimizing Duration of Continuous Video EEG at UCH


Archana Shrestha, MD | Robert Neumann, MD | Annette Hill, R.EEG.T | Pawel Walczak | Mark Spitz, MD | Lauren Frey, MD | Laura Strom, MD | Cornelia Drees, MD | Pearce Korb, MD | Mesha Gay-Brown, MD | Christine Baca, MD | David Vu

Inpatient Opioid Stewardship Program

Caitlin Dietsche, MD | Anunta Virapongse, MD | Hemali Patel, MD | Patrick Kneeland, MD | Essey Yirdaw, MPH | Jonathan Pell, MD

Implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality of Vascular Surgery Patients

Ashley Vavra, MD | Melanie Donnelly, MD

Provider Identification Initiative for Inter‐ and Intradisciplinary Communication (PIIII‐C)

Eric Martin, MD | Anunta Virapongse, MD, MPH | Jonathan Pell, MD

Intervening on Social Determinants of Health at AF Williams Family Medicine Center

Heather Bleacher, MD | Autumn Kuehl, LCSW | Martha Kalin, MPH, MSW | Jacqueline Calderone, MD | Corey Lyon, DO, FAAFP | Kathy Cebuhar, MA, LPC

Optimizing Delivery of Antimicrobial Stewardship Educational Resources

Matthew Miller, PharmD, BCPS | Michelle Barron, MD | Meghan Jeffres, PharmD | Gerry Barber, RPh

Seniors Clinic Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Program in UTI Treatment

Skotti Church, MD | Danielle Fixen, PharmD | Dan Matlock, MD, MPH

Transition Intervention Bundle Study

Joshua L Denson, MD (Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow) | Robert Burke, MD (Mentor), MS | Julie Knoeckel, MD | Julia Clemons, MD | Mark Kearns, MD | Michael Wechsler, MD, MMSc. | Heidi Wald, MD | Jonathan Pell, MD | Charlie Wray, DO, MS | Leora Horwitz, MD

The Reliability and Feasibility of Teledermatology to Diagnose and Triage Patients Referred from the Emergency Department to Outpatient Dermatology


Sabrina Newman, MD | Roberta Capp, MD | Theodore Alkousakis, MD | Robert Dellavalle, MD, PhD | Lindsay Boyers, MD | Jenna Peart, MD

Multidisciplinary-Resuscitation Bundle for the Hemorrhagic Trauma Patient  

Erik Peltz, DO | Hunter Moore, MD | Robert McIntyre, MD | Regina Krell, BSN | Andrea McFarland, BSN | Stephanie Vega, BSN | Jaclyn Leyba, BSN | Eve Meriashi-Lindemann, BSN | Erik Nelson, MD | Fareed Azam, MD | Christopher McStay, MD | Alicia Heelan Gladden, MD | Joel Kniep, MD | Kelly Bookman, MD


Establish the Feasibility and Safety of an Inter-Disciplinary Patient-Driven Approach to the Management of Hypertension in Patients Seen at UCH

Diana Jalal, MD | Lisa Schilling, MD | Michael Ho, MD, PhD | Sarah Billups, PharmD | Crystal Reingardt, MPH | Anne Grothe, RD | Liza Wilson, PharmD (AFW) | Patrick Klem, PharmD (CKD) | Emily Decker, MS | Zhiying You PhD

Care Transitions Program for Hospitalized Patients with Sickle Cell Disease

Kasey Bowden, NP | Amira del Pino-Jones, MD | Gregory Misky, MD | Kathryn Hassell, MD | Heather Logan, MCPN

Sharing Provider Progress Notes with Inpatients to Engage Them in Their Care Decisions

Dimitriy Levin, MD | Jonathan Pell, MD | Patrick Kneeland, MD | Mandy Johnson, RN | Kathleen Smith, RN | Bonnie Adrian, PhD, RN | CT Lin, MD

Training Curriculum to Address Gaps in Knowledge and Skill for Nurses Caring for Patients with Mental Health and Behavioral Problems in the General Hospital Setting

Megan Vasile, MD | Jessica Kenny, MA | Jamie Nordhagen, RN | Kirsten Rapp, MD | Alison Heru, MD | Dan Nguyen, MD

To Improve the Care of Patients with Decompensated Cirrhosis at the University of Colorado Hospital

James R. Burton, Jr, MD | Anunta Virapongse, MD, MPH | Lynette Driscoll, PA-C | Michelle Loader, PA-C | Marcee Paul, MBA, RN | Danielle Justice, BSN, RN-BC

Development of a Novel Acute Limb Ischemia Team at the University of Colorado

Douglas M Overbey, MD | John C Eun, MD | Mark R Nehler MD

Improving Quality of Care in Adolescents and Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

Amber Khanna, MD | Joseph Kay, MD | Elizabeth Yeung, MD | Jody Rutz, PAC | Michelle Pierce, RN | Mary Brandon Richardson, RN | Lorna Prutzman | Tessa Crume, PhD MSPH | Cindy Barret, MD

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improve Medical Resident Chronic Pain Management - Prescribing Practices, Aberrant Patient Behavior, and Primary Care as a Career

H. Mindy Lam, MD | Katy E. Trinkley, PharmD | Carmen Lewis, MD | Karen Chacko, MD | S. Michelle Nikels, MD | Miranda Kroehl, MS, PhD

Develop and Implement a Protocol to Reduce Postoperative Pulmonary Complications (POPC)

Robert McIntyre Jr., MD | Stephanie Cox, MS, RN, CCRN | Peter Einersen, MD | Karl Hammermeister, MD | William Henderson, PhD, MPH | Nora Hennecken, JD, RN | Robert Meguid MD, MPH | Allen Wentworth, RRT, MEd, FAARC

Priority Structured Paging (PSP) Quality Improvement Project

Eric Martin, MD | Aimee Beauragard, RN | Ashley LaBree, RN | Marcee Paul, RN | Henry Ziebarth, RN | Anunta Virapongse, MD, MPH

Caring about Cancer in Advance Care Planning

Jeanie Youngwerth, MD | Liz Kessler, MD | Hillary Lum, MD, PhD | Dave Nowels, MD | Jean Abbott, MD

Development of Computerized Treatment Verification Tools to Improve Patient Safety and Enhance Workflow Efficiency in Radiation Oncology

David Westerly, PhD | Leah Schubert, PhD | Arthur Liu, MD, PhD

Addressing Acute Pain Control to Improve the Safety and Quality of Care in Hip Fracture Patients Presenting to the UCH Emergency Department (ED)

Resa E. Lewiss, MD | Jason W. Stoneback, MD | Mary Anderson, MD | Adit Ginde, MD, MPH | Christopher McStay, MD | Kelly Bookman, MD | Jennifer Wiler, MD | Ethan Cumbler, MD

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