2022 Quality Leadership Series - Driving Excellence: Addressing Metrics that Matter

February 16, 2022

The goal of this series is to present various dimensions of leading and advancing quality within Vizient member network organizations and across systems of care through presentations by subject matter experts and thought leaders who have demonstrated outstanding or innovative approaches.  Through presentations from member organizations with leading practices in leadership, culture of safety and analytics, participants will be able to better understand the strategic importance of these various aspects and be able to model or adapt the tactics to their own organization.

This four-part series is designed to address the most pressing needs of quality leaders based on extensive surveys and audience feedback. In 2022, the series will promote leadership development by focusing on driving excellence through metrics that matter, reducing variation to improve outcomes, reviewing structures and processes that improve ambulatory quality, and effective care transitions for integrated care across the enterprise.

Target Audience



Chief Quality Officers, Emerging Quality Leaders, CPHQ credentialed professionals

Learning Objectives

1.    Review the components and methodology for identifying top performers in clinical outcomes through comparative benchmarking.
2.    Discuss the key metrics that drive alignment of patient safety and quality across a health system.
3.    Describe how two healthcare systems have successfully organized structures and processes across the enterprise to improve patient outcomes.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.20 CBRN
  • 1.00 CPHQ – Certified Professional Healthcare Quality
  • 1.00 General CE - Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/16/2022 - 11:30am CST
Event ends: 
02/16/2022 - 12:30pm CST
Live via webcast
United States

Relevant financial relationships: Planning committee members and presenters have nothing to disclose.

Planning committee members

Nicole Gruebling, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President, Member Networks
Vizient Inc.

Donna McNutt, MS, RN
Sr. Member Networks Director
Vizient Inc.

Will Dardani, MBA
Sr. Member Networks Director
Vizient Inc.

Jacob Seal, MS
Networks Manager
Vizient Inc. 

Tom Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM
Principal, Clinical Operations and Quality
Vizient Inc.


Will Dardani, MBA
Sr. Member Networks Director
Vizient Inc.

Steve Meurer, PhD, MBA, MHS
Executive Principal, Data Science & Member Insights
Vizient Inc.

Guido Bergomi, BS, MHA, CLSSMBB
Executive Director, Office of Patient Experience
Intermountain Healthcare

Cynthia Barnard, PhD, MBA, MSJS
Vice President, Quality
Assistant Professor
Northwestern Medicine

Kathryn Thomas, MSN, RN, CPHQ
Director, Quality and Patient Safety
North Region
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare



Joint Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, Vizient, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Designation Statements:

This activity is designated for 1.00 contact hours.

Vizient, Inc. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP12580, for 1.20 contact hours.

Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality for a maximum of 1.00 CPHQ continuing education credits for this event.

Vizient, Inc. will award CEUs to each participant who successfully completes this program. The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education and training programs that meet certain criteria (1 contact hour = 0.1 CEU).

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.20 CBRN
  • 1.00 CPHQ – Certified Professional Healthcare Quality
  • 1.00 General CE - Attendance
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