BETHESDA, MD, September 25, 2012 – ASHP Advantage, a division of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, has selected 17 health systems to participate in a national Mentored Adult Immunization Impact Program. The participating sites were selected through a competitive application process and were required to assemble a team of committed health care professionals. Participation in this initiative demonstrates the commitment of their health systems to patients and continuous quality improvement by putting focus on improving immunization rates of adult hospitalized patients.
As part of the initiative, pharmacist and physician experts in adult immunization will work with approximately 140 practitioners at participating health systems to evaluate practices and provide specific recommendations to improve immunization rates in adult hospitalized patients.
More than 50,000 adults in the United States die from vaccine-preventable diseases or their complications each year. Despite the availability of vaccines, many adults remain unvaccinated because they are unaware of the need for adult vaccines or are misinformed about vaccines and the diseases they are designed to prevent.
The selected sites and team leaders are as follows:
Bronson Methodist Hospital
Jim Curtis, Pharm.D., BCPS
Grady Memorial Hospital
Karen Chocho, M.P.H.
Iowa Health Des Moines - IMMC, ILH and Methodist West
Des Moines, Iowa
Brian D. Benson, Pharm.D.
Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati
Tricia Morris, Pharm.D., BCPS
King's Daughters Medical Center
Leigh Ann Keeton, Pharm.D.
LSU Health – Shreveport
Amy R. Kerkemeyer, Pharm.D.
Morristown Medical Center
Morristown, New Jersey
Mena Abaskharoun, Pharm.D., BCPS, M.B.A.
North Shore Medical Center
Monique Freeley, R.Ph.
Norwegian American Hospital
Charlene Hope, Pharm.D., BCPS
Providence St. Mary Medical Center
Walla Walla, Washington
Peggy Yam, Pharm.D., BCPS
Samaritan Regional Health System
Jeffrey Cook, Pharm.D., M.B.A.
St. John Health System
Kari McCracken, Pharm.D.
St. John's Hospital
Colleen Sheehan, Pharm.D.
St. Vincent's Medical Center - Riverside and Southside
Tanya Vadnais, B.S.N.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Tami N. Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCM
TIRR Memorial Hermann
Susan Loughlin, Pharm.D.
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Angela S. Stewart, Pharm.D., BCPS
The Mentored Adult Immunization Impact Program is part of a series of interprofessional activities designed to improve immunization rates of adult hospitalized patients. The initiative was developed by a multidisciplinary educational steering committee comprised of experts in adult immunizations.
Additional activities in this initiative are featured at www.immunizeadults.org and include
- Online Tool Kit featuring a presentation for the C-suite for making the case, sample policy and procedures, patient screening tool, standing orders, checklists, patient and staff education materials, pearls for overcoming barriers, and helpful links. Many tools are customizable.
- CE Discussion Guide focusing on the essentials of adult immunization.
- Expert interviews available as podcasts plus e-Newsletters featuring practice pearls for improving immunization rates of adult inpatients.
- Live CE webinars and on-demand CE activities featuring success stories in adult immunization.
Recognizing that a team approach is essential to successful immunization programs, continuing education is offered for physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, and nurse practitioners.
The initiative is supported by an educational grant from Pfizer, Inc.
About ASHP Advantage
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