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Presenting the 2020 SHM Award of Excellence winners


Certificate of Leadership in Hospital Medicine

The Certificate of Leadership in Hospital Medicine (CLHM) cultivates leadership skills in the context of specific hospital medicine challenges. This designation informs employers – or potential employers – with confidence that a candidate is equipped and ready to lead teams and grow an organization.

Charmaine Lewis, MD, MPH, FHM, CLHM, is the quality director for New Hanover Hospitalists in Wilmington, N.C., a role she has held for 7 years. She is also clinical assistant professor, department of medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, serving as a mentor for internal medicine, surgery, and obstetrics residents completing projects in quality improvement.

While sitting on the CHF and readmissions committees at her institution, Dr. Lewis was asked why patients with heart failure came back to the hospital. This question launched an in-depth search for real-time and accurate data on heart failure patients in her institution. She worked with the Heart Failure Steering Committee to develop a process to close care gaps and document compliance to the ACC/AHA Get with the Guidelines: Heart Failure recommendations. She facilitated order set revisions, smart-phrase documentation in EPIC, and scripted bedside interdisciplinary rounding to facilitate compliance prior to patient discharge. She also created an end-user friendly dashboard to report compliance with medical leaders, and eventually this project was selected by the department of medicine as their annual quality goal.  The project has led to the improvement of CHF GWTG Composite Bundle compliance from 76% to 93%, and compliance with use of aldosterone antagonists from 22% to 85%.


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