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Rural Quality Improvement Steering Committee

The purpose of the Rural Quality Improvement Steering Committee is to provide the framework for developing a QI plan that is comprehensive, integrated and holistic in its approach to quality management. The Committee was asked to make recommendations regarding forms, reports, and education that are needed to implement the model QI plan. 

The Nebraska Hospital Association, the QIO and the Nebraska Health & Human Services Office of Rural Health sponsored a Quality Improvement Conference in May of 2002. At that time several volunteers came forward to work on this project. Since 2002, others have joined the committee and its important work has continued.

Current Members

Gail Brondum
Executive Director
Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety
Omaha, NE

Margaret Brockman, RN, MSN 
Director, Office of Rural Health, Division of Public Health 
Nebraska Health and Human Services 
Lincoln, NE

Marty Fattig, CEO 
Nemaha County Hospital 
Auburn, NE

Anne Hansen MSN, RN-BC, CPHQ 
Regional Quality Consultant - NICHE Program Coordinator
CHI Health Regional Development 
Omaha, NE

Nancy Jo Hansen 
Office of Rural Health 
Nebraska Health and Human Services 
Lincoln, NE

Joleen TenHulzen Huneke 
Executive Director 
SERPA/RCCN 
Crete, NE

Katherine Jones, PT, PhD 
Physical Therapy Education 
University of Nebraska Medical Center 
Omaha, NE

Carol Kampschneider, RN, MSN 
Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Services 
St. Francis Memorial Hospital 
West Point, NE 

Shari Michl
Director of Quality
Fillmore County Hospital
Geneva, NE

Dee Moeller, RN 
Pender Community Hospital 
Pender, NE

Kermit Moore, COO 
Nemaha County Hospital 
Auburn, NE

Bill Redinger
Director of Quality & Compliance
Tri Valley Health System
Cambridge, NE

Julie Rezac, R.N., B.S.N., M.Ed
Director of Regs., Standards, & Licensure
Saunders Medical Center 
Wahoo, NE

John Roberts, MS 
President
Midwest Health Consultants, Inc.
Lincoln, NE

Anne Skinner, MS, RHIA 
Rural Health Research 
UNMC 
Omaha, NE

Erin Starr, RN, MSN 
Chief Quality Officer 
Jefferson Community Health Center
Fairbury, NE 

Anne Timmerman, MT (ASCP) 
Quality Improvement and Patient/Resident Safety Coordinator
St. Francis Memorial Hospital 
West Point, NE 

Jayne VanAsperen, RN, BSN
Director of Quality 
Crete Area Medical Center
Crete, NE

Cindy Walsh, RN, BSN 
Director of Quality Services
Saunders Medical Center 
Wahoo, NE

Margaret Woeppel MSN, RN
Clinical Research Liaison Regional Services Consultant
Bryan Medical Center 
Lincoln, NE

Monica Seeland, BS, RHIA
Vice President, Quality Initiatives
Nebraska Hospital Association
Lincoln, NE 


Charge

The Rural Quality Improvement Steering Committee was charged with the responsibility of developing a model QI plan for Nebraska hospitals that will:

  • Provide a workable model for completing quality improvement activities
  • Satisfy regulatory requirements
  • Help hospitals assure the delivery of high-quality patient care
  • Developing sample forms for use in completing quality improvement activities
  • Developing a dashboard report for use by hospitals
  • Identifying education necessary to accomplish the goals of this plan