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Patient Safety Academy announces 2013 Rising Tide Award recipients

The Patient Safety Academy has announced the recipients of the inaugural Rising Tide Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment to best practices in patient safety. Recipients of the 2013 Rising Tide Award include: Linda Brady of Maine Medical Center; Kathy Day of Maine Quality Counts; and Douglas Salvador of Maine Medical Center.

Linda Brady, BSN, RN, of Scarborough serves in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Maine Medical Center (MMC). Brady recently led an interdisciplinary NICU Central Line Committee to review central line practices at MMC as compared to practices at other institutions. She ensured that all nurses, nurse practitioners, and providers were trained in accurate and complete documentation for central line practices. Overall, Brady’s work has contributed to a nonexistent rate of central line blood stream infections at the MMC NICU. She has served as a driving force in determining best practices and educating staff to provide evidence-based care of patients with central lines in the NICU.

Kathy Day, RN, of Bangor is a patient safety activist and advocate and currently serves as a consumer representative for the Maine Quality Counts Consumer Advisory Council, where she works to transform health and healthcare in Maine. In her work as an activist, she has initiated several patient safety campaigns and has advocated for hundreds of individual patients at the national, regional, and state level. Day is an affiliate of the Consumer’s Union Safe Patient Project and Northeast Voices for Error Reduction (NEVER) and volunteers with the Maine Critical Access Hospital Patient Safety Collaborative.


Douglas Salvador, MD, MPH, of Cape Elizabeth serves as vice president of quality and patient safety at Maine Medical Center, where he leads the Center for Performance Improvement and efforts to strengthen performance improvement, quality, patient satisfaction, and patient safety. Salvador has worked tirelessly to promote a culture of patient safety both at MMC and throughout health organizations in the state, recently teaching a team training program to more than 3500 Maine health care team members, residents, and students. His leadership and dedication to patient safety have contributed to the State of Maine being recognized as a leader in delivering safe, high quality care.

The Rising Tide Awards will be presented on Sept. 13 at 3:15 p.m. after the closing session of the 2013 Patient Safety Academy, which will be held on the University of Southern Maine Portland campus.

The Patient Safety Academy, now in its fourth year, is organized by staff at the USM Muskie School of Public Service and sponsored by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Rural Health and Primary Care Program. This full-day event provides knowledge- and skill-building workshops for health care professionals from Maine and area hospitals, physician practices, pharmacies, long-term care facilities, agencies, organizations, and advocacy groups.

The 2013 Academy plenary speaker is Jonathan Welch, MD, MSc, instructor of medicine at Harvard and attending emergency physician at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Welch is the author of the recent Health Affairs article, “As She Lay Dying: How I Fought to Stop Medical Errors from Killing My Mom.”

The Patient Safety Academy begins at 9 a.m., Friday, Sept 13. Registration is required; individual registration cost is $50, with a discounted rate of $25 for students. For more information or to register: or contact Judith Tupper, (207) 228-8407,

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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New Jersey's Manage By Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes

Photo of the cover of New Jersey's Manage By Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes

This report, authored by Muskie School of Public Service researchers David Lambert and Julie Atkins, presents five strategies that organizations can follow to change their culture by moving toward data-driven decision making.

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Muskie Public Health Graduate Students Present at Maine CDC Conference

MPH graduate student Trevey Davis describing the academic program to a conference attendee at Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

The Muskie School of Public Service, Graduate Program in Public Health, and the Maine Public Health Institute exhibited at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference and the concurrent Immunization Annual Conference.  Practice faculty member, Judy Tupper, DHEd, CHES, CPPS and MPH graduate student Trevey Davis spoke with many of the 500 public health professionals attending the conferences.  In addition, Muskie Public Health Education Corps members Carissa Parent, Jacey Keller, and Nikki Busmanis, (MPH graduate students) presented a research poster based on their recent Lyme disease educational intervention pilot in Maine schools.  Dr. Tupper also presented a poster regarding the results of the online training pilot program for Maine EMS personnel on the topic of infection control and prevention.  Educating Fifth Graders on Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases and Prevention Methods" at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

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MYTC 2014 Celebration

Colby Swettberg, May 2014, MYTC

Every year the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative brings together youth and adult partners from around Maine to celebrate the year's achievements and milestones.

MYTC’s fourth annual celebration dinner was held at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern on May 13, 2014. Over seventy young adults, adult partners, professionals, legislators, adoptive families, and friends came together for an evening of fun, renewed connections, learning, and good food.

The importance of mentors in the lives of young people was the theme for the evening. The keynote speaker, Colby Swettberg, Executive Director of Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring in Boston, was introduced by Jacob Hills. Ms. Swettberg talked about what good mentor-mentee relationships look like for youth in foster care and led a discussion about best practices and challenges to bringing youth and mentors together.

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