Nurse Executive Meeting - Hackathon: Innovate Through the Thorns

March 8, 2023

This unique in-person experience has been designed exclusively for clinical executives and will provide an opportunity for them to gather with their peers, share challenges, and discuss creative solutions to move their organizations forward with confidence and enthusiasm.  The morning joint session (CMOs, CQOs, CNOs) is designed to focus on how to lead staff to focus on excellence in today’s healthcare environment.  The afternoon sessions will address how to “Innovate Through the Thorns” with Medical/Quality leaders addressing issues around patient harm, and Nursing leaders focusing on capacity, patient experience and staff engagement.  The Thursday sessions for Medical/Quality leaders will focus on the “Evolution of Leaders Through a Time of Turbulence” and the Nursing leaders will focus on Care Model Redesign.   

Target Audience

  • Healthcare Quality Professionals
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Other Healthcare Professionals

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss leadership strategies used to empower and foster innovative thinking with workforce teams.
  • Explore how leaders can enhance pandemic recovery efforts and focus on excellence through innovation and the human connection.
  • Examine effective ways to collaborate across disciplines to reduce hospital acquired infections and improve patient safety.
  • Learn effective tools needed to support and implement a solution-based workshop or Hackathon.
  • Review successful processes for reducing length of stay, emergency department boarders, medication errors, and patient falls.
  • Identify key practices used to implement and maintain a virtual care program.
  • Compile strategies on building and sustaining a workforce for quality and safety.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.50 ANCC
  • 2.50 CBRN
  • 2.50 CPHQ – Certified Professional Healthcare Quality
  • 2.50 General CE - Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/08/2023 - 7:00am CST
Event ends: 
03/08/2023 - 10:00am CST


Planning Committee

Donna McNutt, MS, RN (Course Director)    
Sr. Member Networks Director
Vizient Inc.
Susan Chishimba, MSN, RN
Member Networks Director
Vizient Inc.

Jodi Eisenberg, MHA CPHQ CPMSM
Associate Vice President – Member Connections Clinical Networks
Vizient Inc.
Liz Petti
Network Manager
Vizient Inc.
Hanna Lakew
Network Manager
Vizient Inc.
Linnea Tolbert, MSN, RN
Member Networks Director
Vizient Inc.
Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM
Senior Principal, Clinical Operations and Quality
Vizient Inc.



Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, FIEL
Chief Clinical Officer, IntelyCare
President, SONSIEL
Elizabeth Mort, MD, MPH    
SVP Quality & Safety, CQO
Massachusetts General Hospital
Richard Beaver, BS Chem, MBB, CPHQ  
Associate Principal
Vizient Inc.
Dale Bratzler, DO, MPH, MACOI, FIDSA   
Enterprise Chief Quality Officer
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Shawn Mueller, DNP, RN, CIC, FAPIC       
Director of Infection Prevention and Control
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital
Kevin Smith, MD      
Chief Medical Officer
Loyola University Medical Center
Phillip Chang, MD, MBA     
SVP, Chief Medical and Quality Officer
Memorial Hermann Health System
Brian Bosworth, MD
Chief Medical Officer
NYU Langone Health
Patricia Dykes, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI               
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Program Director Research Center for Patient Safety, Research, and Practice
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Bela Patel, MD          
Chief Medical Officer
Memorial Hermann
Texas Medical Center
SVP, Chief Quality and Safety Officer
Inspira Health Network
April Taylor, FACHE, CMQ/OE, CLSSBB 
Vice President, Quality
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPH        
Chief Medical Officer
Stanford Health Care
Kerrie Guerrero
Vice President and Chief Nurse Officer
Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital 
Kerry Milton, RN      
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
St. Tammany Parish Hospital    
MaryAnn Moon, MSN, APRN, APNP, ACNS-BC  
Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Froedtert Hospital
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin 
Ruth Sagastume, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner



As an accredited provider of continuing education, Vizient, Inc. is dedicated to ensuring this activity presents learners with only accurate, balanced, scientifically justified recommendations, and is free from promotion, marketing, and commercial bias. In accordance with The Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, all planners, faculty, and others in control of the educational content have disclosed the absence or existence of all financial relationships (of any dollar amount) with ineligible companies within the past 24 months.
Ineligible companies – those companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
It is Vizient’s policy that owners and employees of ineligible companies, and any individuals who refuse to disclose the absence or existence of financial relationships with any ineligible companies are disqualified from participating as planners or faculty.
FDA Off-Label Use
Faculty presenters are also expected to disclose any discussion of (1) off-label or investigational uses of FDA approved commercial products or devices or (2) products or devices not yet approved in the United States.
Disclosure Statements
Absence of Relevant Financial Relationships
None of the planners, faculty, or others in a position to control content for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.


The education provided through this activity is for continuing education purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty/presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views of Vizient, Inc.

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 Statement(s) 

Nurses (CNE)

This activity is designated for 2.50 contacts hours.

Physicians (CME)

Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Healthcare Quality Professionals (CPHQ)

This activity is approved by NAHQ® for 2.50 CPHQ CE credits.

Other Healthcare Professionals (General CE Credit)

Vizient, Inc. will award a maximum of 2.50 contact hours to all other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity. These individuals will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Many state licensing boards and credentialing bodies accept certificates of participation from accredited CE activities to meet CE requirements for license renewals and re-certification. It is the responsibility of the participant to contact their state licensing board and/or certifying body for verification on credit eligibility reciprocity.


Available Credit

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