Mar 12, 2018

PRIS Network Welcomes Derek Williams to its Executive Council

The PRIS Network takes pride in our commitment to fostering innovative research endeavors in the pediatric hospitalist community. We value being able to engage in diverse research projects and in mentoring hospitalist researchers in these projects. As our network becomes more active and takes on new and exciting studies, it is vital that we expand our leadership by bringing into our Executive Council bright and innovative investigators to assist in driving this network.

We are pleased to announce that Derek Williams, MD, MPH has accepted the invitation to become the newest member of the PRIS Executive Council. Derek is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  He received his B.S. in Biology with High Honors from the University of Georgia in 2001 and completed medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in 2005.  He completed his pediatric residency training at the University of Virginia in 2008, followed by a fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics and receipt of a Master of Public Health degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2010. Derek's research program centers on improving outcomes and care delivery for children with pneumonia and other acute respiratory illnesses. He has been continuously funded since 2008 with multiple grants and awards from institutional and federal sources.

Please join us in welcoming Derek Williams to the PRIS Network Executive Council!

Apr 06, 2017

K Awards Received by PRIS Members

The PRIS Network has been actively mentoring investigators in their pursuit of their K Award. We are happy to be able to congratulate four of these investigators who have now received their K Award. 

Dr. Pat Brady's K Award is for his study "Family-Clinician Partnerships to Improve Child Safety in the Hospital" which aims to understand how families of hospitalized children identify a worsening condition or illness and communicate their concerns to the healthcare team, and then to partner with families and clinicians to co-design and test communication tools to improve shared understanding and reduce medical errors.

Dr. Kavita Parikh has also received her K Award for her study "Improving Patient-Centered Outcomes After Discharge Among Patients Hospitalized with Asthma Exacerbations by Focusing on a Transition-to-Home Plan with Community Health Workers." This is a highly patient-centered approach to identifying and improving optimal outcomes for patients and families transitioning home. This study will involve the design and monitoring of a program of community health worker facilitated transitioning to home focusing on the changeover of care from inpatient to outpatient for patients hospitalized with asthma exacerbation.

The PIPA (Pediatric Inpatient Pathways for Asthma) Study has gained a K Award for Dr. Sunitha Kaiser. Her study seeks to identify hospitals where implementation of inpatient pediatric asthma pathways has led to the largest improvements in quality of care. Key personnel from children’s hospitals that contribute to the PHIS database will be surveyed to determine if and when asthma pathways were implemented, then the database will be used to identify which hospitals had the greatest gains in quality of care with pathway implementation. It also aims to determine best practices for implementation of inpatient pediatric asthma pathways through in-depth qualitative analysis of key personnel from the high-performing hospitals previously identified. Finally, this study aims to conduct a pilot trial to determine the feasibility of implementing inpatient pediatric asthma pathways utilizing best practices in both tertiary and community hospital settings.

Most recently Dr. Joanna Thompson received a K Award for her study "Hospital Management of Acute Respiratory Illness in Children with Neurologic Impairment." Acute respiratory illnesses (ARI, e.g., pneumonia, bronchiolitis) are among the most common reasons for hospitalization, intensive care unit admission and death for children with neurologic impairment (NI). Yet, there are currently no evidence-based or consensus-driven recommendations to guide hospital management of this population. This proposal seeks to identify hospital management practices for ARI associated with better outcomes in children with NI, and to then develop and implement care recommendations. Recommendations for hospital management of ARI in children with NI will allow for standardization of care and optimization of patient outcomes.

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