Blog

Check this page regularly for new posts from the BMC2 blog. You’ll find success stories from our BMC2 sites as well as staff spotlights, information on BMC2 activities and engagement opportunities, news from BCBSM, and more.

October Meeting Summary

Thanks to all who attended our October meetings. Did you miss a meeting or do you need a refresher? Read our summaries.

Spotlight - Patient Advisory Council

Lisa Cardillo was just 36 years old when she experienced a spontaneous coronary artery dissection, cardiac arrest, cardiogenic shock, and heart failure.

Faculty Spotlight - Ryan Madder

BMC2 is pleased to announce that Dr. Ryan Madder will be joining the coordinat­ing center as a Strategic Advisor.

September Meeting Summary

Thanks to all who attended our September meetings. Did you miss a meeting or do you need a refresher? Read our summaries.

Staff Spotlight - Pam Benci

Administrative Specialist Intermediate, Pam Benci, was drawn to BMC2 by her interest in learning more about quality improvement in cardiology.

Site Spotlight - Mercy Health Muskegon

Mercy Health Muskegon's Quinten Davis, BSN, RN, along with teammates Brandi Whitaker, BSN, RN, Sammie Cunningham, BSN, RN, and Physician Champion, Justin Eisenberg, DO, has set a goal to increase documentation of smoking c

August Meeting Summary

Thanks to all who attended our August meetings. Did you miss a meeting or do you need a refresher? Read our summaries.

Site Spotlight - McLaren Bay Region

McLaren Bay Region wanted to decrease the number of patients discharged on greater than 10 opioid pills prescribed for opioid naïve EVAR and CEA patients.

BMC2 July Meeting Summaries

Thanks to all who attended our July meetings. Did you miss a meeting or do you need a refresher? Read our summaries.

June Meeting Summary

Thanks to all who attended our June meetings. Did you miss a meeting or do you need a refresher? Read our summaries.

Reducing Post-CEA Hospital Stays Saves Big

The BMC2 VS goal, "Less than 8% of asymptomatic carotid endarterectomy patients NOT discharged by postoperative day 2", results in big cost savings for the healthcare system.

Staff Spotlight - Nate Yost

Nate Yost’s greatest passion in life is expanding his horizons and comfort zones. He tries new things whenever possible and encourages others to do the same.

May Meeting Summary

Thanks to all who attended our May meetings. Did you miss a meeting or do you need a refresher? Read our summaries.

Site Spotlight - Munson Medical Center

While the BMC2 target for contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is less than 3%, in Quarters 1 and 2 of 2017, Munson Medical Center was struggling with rates at 4.5%.

Staff Spotlight - Rebecca Fleckenstein

Rebecca Fleckenstein first started working in Collaborative Quality Initiatives in 2016 and has been a member of the team at BMC2 since August of 2019.

Patient Engagement at BMC2

BMC2 is looking to incorporate the patient voice into BMC2-PCI activities and we need your help!

Join Us on Social Media

Did you know that BMC2 is now on Twitter? Follow us @BMC2_ for site spotlights, news about BMC2 publications, meeting updates, and more.

Site Spotlight - Bronson Methodist Hospital

Bronson Methodist Hospital has been committed to improving their rate of smoking cessation counseling at discharge for years, making it their QI project in 2018, 2019, and 2020, after the 2017 rate was 19

April Meeting Summary

Thanks to all who attended our April meetings. Did you miss a meeting or do you need a refresher? Read our summaries.

Welcome Amy Shirato

Please join the BMC2 Coordinating Center in welcoming Amy Shirato to the team! Amy is our newest Clinical Quality Improvement Lead and will work with Kathleen Frazier to support PCI.

Site Spotlight - Spectrum Health Lakeland

BMC2 updated the 2020 PCI performance goals to include “Peak intra-procedure Activated Clotting Time (ACT) documentation to greater than or equal to 90%”, and “Percent of cases with peak ACT ≥ 350 seconds for Heparin-only

Site Spotlight - Henry Ford Hospital Detroit

In 2019 and 2020, the MI OPEN recommendation for opioid prescribing post carotid endarterectomy (CEA) was 0-10 pills; no prescribing recommendations were outlined for EVAR patients.

Staff Spotlight - John Sly

John Sly was looking for an opportunity to impact change while finding new ways to constantly challenge himself when he found BMC2.

Site Spotlight - McLaren Greater Lansing

Cardiac rehab not only improves patient outcomes, it can offer patients some sense of control over their situation, easing anxiety and increasing hope.

Staff Spotlight - Sheryl Fielding

Sheryl Fielding is BMC2’s Clinical Quality Improvement Leader for Michigan TAVR. Part of the team since 2010, Sheryl works from her 100-year-old house in Downtown Ludington.

Staff Spotlight - Annemarie Forrest

BMC2’s new Program Manager comes to the team with over 15 years of experience in clinical research and academic health care, most recently as Director of Projects at the Clinical Trials Transformation Ini