Learn About K-HIIN

The K-HIIN is a quality improvement program for Kentucky hospitals and is supported fully by the Kentucky Hospital Association. K-HIIN is brought to Kentucky through resources from the Hospital Research and Education Trust (HRET) and with funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Partnership for Patients.

Meet the Team

Carla Donnell Portrait

Carla Donnell, MSN, RN, is the Director of Quality and Patient Safety/Workforce for the Kentucky Hospital Association. She is an energetic nursing leader with 23 years experience in leading the development and implementation of evidence-based practices by creating system initiatives from the “ground up." Donnell has positively impacted the quality of patient care by functioning as a leader, consultant, educator and change agent. She was a critical care nurse for 8 years, a critical care educator for seven year and has been an ACLS and BLS Instructor for 20 years.

Topics: Equity, Pressure Ulcers

Deb Campbell 

Deborah R. Campbell, RN-BC, MSN, CPHQ, CCRN alumna, is the Infection Prevention Improvement Advisor for K-HIIN. Immediately previously, she acted as the Director of Infection Prevention and Employee Health at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield, Kentucky. Campbell earned her BSN at the University of Louisville and her MSN at Bellarmine University. She was a pediatric ICU nurse and CCRN for over 20 years and director of a large Pediatric ICU, serving as national faculty for the American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support program. She has also worked as a CNS for a large pediatric cardiology practice, as a legal nurse consultant and as nurse consultant and nurse faculty for the Children’s Hospital Association’s Quality Transformation Network and the National Pediatric Cardiology Improvement Collaborative. Campbell is currently serving on the Steering Committee for the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes Collaborative and is co-chair of the Education Subcommittee for this collaborative.

Topics: CAUTICLABSIC. Difficile (C Diff), MRSASepsisVAE

Dolores Hagan 

Dolores Hagan, RN, BSN, CPHQ is the K-HIIN Education and Data Manager. Hagan has served as a Quality Improvement Analyst Registered nurse for 28 years with a secondary degree in Information Systems. She has worked in Quality and Clinical Informatics for the past 16 years where her passion for patient advocacy has been an invaluable asset.

Topics: Data

Emily Henderson 

Emily Henderson, PharmD, LDE is the Pharmacy Consultant for the K-HIIN program. Henderson has experience in both the community and hospital pharmacy. She has been a pharmacist for over 15 years and is certified in pharmacist-administered immunizations, MTM and naloxone training. Henderson joined the team in January 2016. She monitored the Adverse Drug Events (ADE) for the K-HEN 2.0 project and assisted in helping to reduce readmissions in the community as well. In addition to her current K-HIIN topics, she will continue to collaborate to help further reduce readmissions for Kentucky's hospitals.

Topics: ADE, C. Difficile (C Diff)

Charlie Kendal

Charlie Kendell, MPA is the External Communications Liaison for the K-HIIN project. Kendell brings a 40-year career with Kentucky public health data, policy and partnerships to the readmissions challenge, with particular emphasis on developing community relationships that support and enhance patient care transition. He focused for readmissions in K-HEN 2.0 and is a leader in TeamSTEPPS training as well.

Topics: Readmissions

Melanie Moch 

Melanie Moch is the Director of Data Collection and Training with the Kentucky Hospital Association. For the K-HIIN Project, Moch will provide assistance to hospitals with data reporting. She is also overseeing the AHRQ Safety Program for ICUs: CAUTI/CLABSI project and the States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement (STRIVE) project, which will focus on CAUTI, CLABSI, MRSA and C. Difficile. She monitored Early Elective Deliveries (EED), Maternal Hemorrhage and Pre-eclampsia for the K-HEN 2.0 project.

Topics: CAUTI, CLABSI, C. Difficile (C Diff), Data, MRSA

Sharon Perkins 

Sharon Perkins, MSW is the Director of Health Policy for KHA. Since 2005, Perkins has been working with Kentucky hospitals to enhance their ability to deliver health care services to their community. Her primary responsibilities include the development and implementation of quality improvement strategies for KHA members, along with providing assistance on programs and services of KHA and its subsidiaries. As graduate of the University of Louisville and Spalding University, Perkins has served on many committees, forums and boards.

Topics: Falls

Project Goals

K-HIIN will provide targeted patient safety improvement projects in 12 areas addressing the prevention of hospital acquired conditions (HAC) along and will also include additional patient safety culture improvement tools. These 12 areas of focus include prevention of:

  • Adverse drug events (ADE)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  • Clostridium Difficile (C-Diff)
  • Injuries from falls and immobility
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Preventable readmissions
  • Sepsis
  • Surgical site infections(SSI)
  • Ventilator-associated events(VAE)
  • Venous thromboemobolism (VTE)
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