HQI 2018: Annual Conference
October 28 - 30, 2018; Huntington Beach, CA


Join your healthcare colleagues at the 2018 Hospital Quality Institute Conference, building on the themes of Respect, Reliability, and Resilience.


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Join us for the 2018 Hospital Quality Institute Conference on October 28-30 in Huntington Beach to achieve ever increasing levels of performance through a culture of respect and professionalism. Learn strategies and take home tools for achieving reliable care and delivering value to each patient, each time, and in each community. The content, interactive learning and networking opportunities are not to be missed.

Who should attend?
Everyone who cares about quality health care and who is committed to the respect, dignity and experience of patients and families that need and depend on us.


Hotel Reservations:

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa is the host hotel. Single and double rooms are available at a special, discounted rate of $259 + $10 Resort fee per night. For reservations call (888) 421-1442 and mention the “Hospital Quality Institute.” Reserve a room online at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. Don’t delay — room availability is limited. The discounted sleeping room deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 8, however discounted rooms could sell out prior to the deadline.

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
21500 Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648


October 28-30, 2018

Day 1

Sunday, October 28

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | REGISTRATION

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | SESSIONS (choose one):

Maternity Quality Improvement Academy
  • Elliott Main, MD, Medical Director, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC)
  • CMQCC Team
  • HQI Team

In a collaboration between the California Maternity Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) and HQI, this workshop will address building quality improvement capacity among multi-disciplinary perinatal improvement teams at your birthing center. This interactive and interdisciplinary workshop is ideally intended for clinicians, nurses, quality and patient safety staff, risk management, and hospital leaders. They will participate as a team, to gain the knowledge, techniques and attitudes to work together in achieving quality patient care in the unit.

TeamSTEPPS as Reliability Practices
  • Julia Slininger, RN, BS, CPHQ, Vice President, Regional Quality Network, Hospital Quality Institute

Learn how hospitals and health systems can incorporate TeamSTEPPS strategies into their HCRO journey and draft an implementation plan for your own organization. 


Day 2

Monday, October 29


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Call to Action and Introduction

  • Claire Manneh, MPH, Director, Programs, Hospital Quality Institute
  • Julie Morath, RN, MS, CPPS, President & CEO, Hospital Quality Institute
  • George Greene, Esq, President & CEO, Hospital Association of Southern California

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | OPENING KEYNOTE

From Outerspace to Patient Safety
  • Jim Bagian, MD, PE, Physician Engineer & Former NASA Astronaut

Leadership in engineering and sustaining safety systems and culture.

10:45 – 12:00 p.m. | PANEL PRESENTATION

Lessons From Air, Underwater, and Space
  • Neil Romanoff, MD, Moderator
  • Commander Zac Alexander, MD, Eagle Eye Radiology
  • Jim Bagian, MD, PE, Physician Engineer & Former NASA Astronaut
  • Yvonne Cagle, MD, Physician, Retired U.S. Air Force colonel, Former NASA Astronaut, Consulting Professor, Stanford University

Health care quality is challenged to breakthrough and achieve reliable performance in better care, better health and lower cost. It’s a time of unprecedented change; and we have the privilege of being a part of a new generation of health care. This is our moonshot.


1:15 – 1:45 p.m. | Musical Interlude


Celebrate the winner and finalists of the C. Duane Dauner Award with a video showcase of their achievements, and lessons learned.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Prevention, Resistance, Resilience
  • Arjun Srinivasan, MD, physician and captain in the US Public Heath Service, Associate Director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs, CDC

The road ahead for preventing infections and antibiotic resistance.

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. | Poster PRESENTATIONS and Exhibitor SHOWCASE


Day 3

Tuesday, October 30
6:30 – 8:00 a.m. | Preventing HAI’s and Infectious Diseases, a Sunrise Breakfast Panel
  • Arjun Srinivasan, MD, physician and captain in the US Public Heath Service, Associate Director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs, CDC
  • Philip Robinson, MD, Director of Infection Prevention, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Join Dr. Srinivasan and Dr. Robinson with colleagues from CA APIC in a panel discussion on most effective strategies to support your work.



8:15 – 9:15 a.m. | KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

From Public Health to Patient Safety
  • Vivek Murthy, MD, Physician, Public Health Advocate, 19th Surgeon General of the United States

Loneliness and emotional well-being and connections with health conditions and reduction of life span; in workplace, reduction of performance.

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. | KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Personal Resilience in Healthcare

Experience being valued, respected, and honored for your mission in healthcare while deepening your self-awareness and strengthening your resilience and passion.  Join Allison in her journey and witness the powerful results of fierce determination and tenacity in an impossible situation.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems​ (HCAHPS)
  • Shelly Buck, DNP, MBA, RN, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, WellSpan Health

Stewards and Catalysts: Aligning Boards, Management and Physicians to Improve the Patient Experience. 


12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | PANEL PRESENTATION

Politics, Policy, and Practice
  • BJ Bartleson, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Vice President, Nursing & Clinical Services, California Hospital Association.

Session Description TBD

1:30 – 1:35 p.m. | CLOSING REMARKS

  • Julie Morath, RN, MS, CPPS, President & CEO, Hospital Quality Institute

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. | CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Choose One)

Respect for People: LGBT Patient Centered Strategies
  • Maurice Garcia, MD, MAS, Director, Transgender Surgery and Health Program, Cedars-Sinai  Health System

A leading figure in the field, Dr. Garcia will describe patient strategies to optimize patient satisfaction, safety, and cultural competence of the care environment by identifying common potential pitfalls in the care environment for LGBT and identify examples of resources available to providers to guide effective, patient centered care of the LGBT Adult and Pediatric care in hospitals.

stemming the tide of the opioid epidemic: Compassionate De-prescribing and treatment  
  • Donna Smith, MD, Medical Director, Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Hannah Snyder, MD, Project Lead, Support for Hospital Opioid Use Treatment (SHOUT), Addiction Medicine Fellow, UCSF at Zuckerberg San Francisco General
  • Mark Vrahas, MD, Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Opioid Crisis, addiction, human response.

Making Data Sing
  • Judith Berg, PhD, RN, FAANP, Education  and Training in Resuscitation and Trauma, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
  • Glenn Billman, MD, Chief Medical Safety Officer, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
  • Kathleen Sweeney, DNP,CNS,CPNP,  Manager of Clinical Education and Magnet Program, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego​
  • Seema Shah, MD, Clinical Director, Emergency Department, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego​

This team from Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego will provide a rapid fire how-to on  how to avoid double-dealing data displays, how to write a winning abstract, and how to present a poster with pizazz.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Choose One)

know Sepsis: From Detection to Recovery
  • Trish Cruz, RN, BSN, PHN
  • Andre Vovan, MD, MBA, Critical Care Medicine Specialist, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, and St. Joseph Hoag Health

Hospital journey to excellence in sepsis care.

Personalized Medicine
  • Stephen Kingsmore, MD, DSc, President & CEO Institute for Genomic Medicine, Rady Children’s Hospital San Deigo

Frontiers in Genomic Medicine – Transforming Pediatric Intensive Care:  Early diagnosis through genetic analysis is transforming pediatric medicine in the fragile newborns to deliver exact diagnosis and targeted treatments.  Learn about Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing (rWGS), bio-informatics analysis and clinical interpretation for this special population.

A Health Equity Lens on Patient Safety and Quality
  • Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity, UCSF School of Medicine

Disparities among vulnerable populations. Care equity in practice.


Faculty at the 2018 Annual Conference includes:

Jim Bagian, MD, PE – Physician, engineer, and former NASA astronaut, Dr. Bagian currently serves as Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety at the University of Michigan and applies human factors engineering principles to make healthcare safer, more effective, and efficient.

BJ Bartleson, RN, MS, NEA-BC – Vice President, Nursing & Clinical Services, California Hospital Association. BJ is recognized statewide and nationally as a nurse leader with more than 40 years of experience as a Chief Nurse Executive, educator, researcher, clinician, manager and expert in multiple areas of acute patient care management and nursing practice.

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD – Dr. Bibbins-Domingo’s work focuses on racial, ethnic, and income differences in manifestations of chronic disease and effective clinical, public health, and policy interventions aimed at prevention. She leads the UCSF Cardiovascular Disease Policy Model group.

Shelly Buck, DNP, MBA, RN – Dr. Buck serves as Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer at WellSpan Health. Stewards and Catalysts: Aligning Boards, Management and Physicians to improve the patient experience.

Yvonne Cagle, MD -  Dr. Cagle is a family physician, retired U.S. Air Force colonel, and one of the first African-American women selected for NASA’s astronaut program. She is a consulting professor for Stanford University’s department of cardiovascular medicine and its department of electrical engineering. 

Maurice Garcia, MD, MAS – Dr. Garcia’s evidence-based research on gender-affirming surgery has been recognized around the world. His clinical outcomes research, surgical device design, and scientific research; he also has made leading contributions to the establishment of quality metrics and best practices that are unique to gender affirming surgery.

Allison Massari – Ms. Massari, having journeyed to the extremes of human endurance, provides a voice for the power of resolute kindness and perseverance, and tools for courage, compassion, and resilience in the face of challenges.

Vivek Murthy, MD – Physician, public health advocate, entrepreneur and one of the youngest Surgeon Generals in US history, Dr. Murthy addresses social determinants of health and the future of healthcare.

Arjun Srinivasan, MD – Dr. Srinivasan, infectious disease physician and captain in the US Public Heath Service, is Associate Director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs at the CDC and champions antibiotic stewardship.



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Group discounts: Groups of 5 receives 6th registration free (non-refundable, single source of payment). For group discount, contact HQI at (916) 552-7600.

50% discount pricing for students, medical residents, and patient/family advisors. Limited number of discounts available. For application, contact HQI at (916) 552-7600.

Cancellation Policy/Late Payment: A $75 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation received in writing by October 1, 2018. No refunds will be made after this date. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be emailed to info@hqinstitute.org.

Americans with Disabilities Act
If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact HQI at (916) 552-7600.

CME/CE Credits

Full attendance at each day’s educational sessions is a prerequisite for receiving continuing education (CE) credit. Attendees must sign in each day and include professional license number, if required.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 16793, for 14.5 contact hours.



The 2018 Hospital Quality Institute Conference offers a dynamic opportunity for entities interested in networking with health care professionals. A number of conference support levels are available for the 2018 Hospital Quality Institute Conference. Act now to get the exhibitor level best suited for your organization. View the HQI Exhibitor prospectus.

Contact Claire Manneh, (916) 552-7683 or cmanneh@hqinstitute.org.

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Poster Presentations

HQI will be accepting up to 24 poster presentations for the 2018 annual conference. Posters are invited demonstrating innovative, sustainable approaches to improving safety, outcomes, and experience of care.

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