NCH Welcomes New Nursing Leaders
Kelsey Knutty, RN, MPH
Executive Director, Community-Based Care
Kelsey brings a level of expertise to NCH, which focuses on care across the continuum. The Community-Based Care focuses on engaging the NCH community to better align coordinating structures that support the care our patients receive. Structures include supporting access to care to align goals of care, safe and timely transitions between care settings, and leveraging and coordinating available NCH services and resources. Outcome goals, associated with an aligned Community-Based Care, are to improve quality of care, reduce the cost of care, enhance the patient experience and retain patients within the NCH System.
Teresa Kisch, PhD, MSN, RN, NEW-BC, CMSRN
Nursing Excellence and Magnet Program Director
NCH is a Magnet organization that first became Magnet recognized in 2006. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) provides oversight for the Magnet Recognition Program®. The program is considered the gold standard for recognition of nursing excellence. Research indicates that Magnet hospitals have better clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, as well as a higher percentage of satisfied RNs. As a Magnet organization, NCH provides its nurses the resources for practice to deliver the highest quality care to its patients.
NCH began work in 2019 to submit documentation to support our 4th Magnet recognition. The document will be submitted to ANCC in February 2020. The document will highlight our work since our last designation. The 2019 Magnet criteria includes a larger emphasis on our nurses in ambulatory settings, which reflects changes in healthcare trends. The various examples we will submit outline work that represents transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice and new knowledge, innovations and improvements. The greatest focus of Magnet criteria is our empirical outcomes. In other words, our data that represents improvement in performance. We submit data for our clinical indicators (patient falls, HAPI, etc.), patient satisfaction and nursing satisfaction. We also submit examples that demonstrate improvement in effective care delivery and efficiency.
In October 2019 NCH welcomed a new Magnet Program Director, Teresa Kisch, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CMSRN. Teresa joined NCH with various leadership experience, including having been a Magnet Program Director at another regional hospital.