Vision: The PI Council's primary function is to educate and involve every nursing staff member in performance improvement activity to foster a commitment to excellent patient care. The PI Council goals include: improved patient outcomes, increased patient satisfaction, and an empowered nursing staff. The Council desires and expects: that YH will achieve recognition as the best community provider of patient care in PA, that YH will be awarded the distinction of the ANA's Magnet Hospital designation, and that YH will win the coveted US Government's Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award for Excellence in Health Care.
Mission: The PI Council of York Hospital is the arm of shared decision making (SDM) that coordinates, promotes, and evaluates nursing performance improvement activities at the hospital, service line, and unit levels. Its professional nursing members facilitate and validate excellent nursing practice(s) for our patients, our nursing staff, and for members of management and administration. The PI council serves to foster an environment that encourages performance improvement and improved patient outcomes. These activities incorporate the IOM's 6 aims of healthcare: safety, effectiveness, patient centeredness, timeliness, efficiency, and equity.
2009 Performance Improvement Council
Jodi Collins, RN, BSN
2008 Performance Improvement Council
William Varnell, RN, BSN
Bill Varnell, RN, BSN is the first PI representative from the cardiovascular Lab and is in his third year on the council. Bill is a 21 year veteran of York Hospital and has previously served as chair of the Unit Based PI committee in the Heart Center as well as a Magnet Champion. Bill holds two bachelor degrees from York College, one in communications and one in nursing. Bill started working at York Hospital in 1987 as a patient transporter while working on his nursing degree. Upon graduation, Bill took a job on 3 South (open heart step down unit) and subsequently transferred to the cardiovascular lab recovery room in January 2001. Bill has had an article on nursing sensitive indicators published in the nursing newsletter, and has developed CBT's on nursing sensitive indicators and femoral artery hemostasis management. Bill also participated in a medical mission trip to Sendafa, Ethiopia in August 2007. Bill has recently been nominated to attend Lean Six Sigma training for his Green belt, which will be completed in June 2009. He was also nominated in the staff nurse leader category in the 2009 YH Excellence in Caring and Practice Awards.
Performance Improvement Council Accomplishments 2008-2009
2007 Performance Improvement Council
Tracy Strawser is the Chair of Performance Improvement Council. Strawser joined the Army Reserves in 1994, where she became an LPN through Lancaster County Career and Technology Center. In 1999, she began her employment at York Hospital on 4 Main, which since has moved to 6 South. After much encouragement she went back for her RN degree through Excelsior College, utilizing the WellSpan Health Forgivable Loan program. Strawser has been a Licensed RN since 2004 and reached the Clinical III level in 2007. Strawser serves on the Peer Review Council on 6 South and attends the York Hospital-wide Patient Safety Committee as well as the hospital-wide Performance Improvement Council meetings. Strawser is a member of the Transcultural Nursing Society. She has been on medical mission trips to Nicaragua and Guatemala.
2007 Performance Improvement Council Accomplishments
2006 Performance Improvement Council
Veronica Weaver is Chair of the Performance Improvement Council and has worked at York Hospital for 10 years. She received her Associate degree in Nursing in Houston, Texas in 1993 and worked at Hermann Memorial Hospital and Shock Trauma. She is the chair of T2 PI council and is an active member of the CareDoc nursing informatics design team. Veronica is currently working on her BSN-MSN as an acute care practitioner and is a 3rd generation nurse.
2006 Performance Improvement Council Accomplishments