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.


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 Doctor, CMQCC
  • CMQCC 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 intended for clinicians, nurses, quality and patient safety staff, and hospital leaders to 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. 

Film Screening: Bending the Arc

Bending the Arc is a documentary about a team of young people—Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl—whose medical work 30 years ago lit a fire under the global health movement. They set out to offer help where it was needed most. But they were blocked at every turn by drug resistant diseases, slow political bureaucracy, and the consensus among the medical establishment that you don’t treat poor people in developing countries with expensive medicines. The story of how they overcame those obstacles is powerful, and serves as a blueprint for future successes. You will be able to see for yourself at the HQI Conference and meet with the film’s producer over a Q+A panel.

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. | WELCOME AND NETWORKING

Day 2

Monday, October 29



  • 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
  • (Moderator) Neil Romanoff, MD
  • Commander Zak Alexander, MD
  • 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

Description TBD

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. | C. Duane Dauner Quality AWARD PRESENTATION

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 Walk and Exhibitors


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
  • Allison Massari

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

  • Shelly Buck, DNP, MBA, RN, Chief Nurse Executive, Bon Secours Hospital

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

Designing patient strategies to optimize patient satisfaction, safety, and cultural competence of the care environment:

  • Identify common potential pitfalls in the care environment for LGBTQ and discuss strategies to avoid and/or mitigate such pitfalls.
  • Describe key partners in the care environment for patients and effective strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Identify examples of resources available to providers to guide effective, patient centered care of the LGBTQ Adult/Ped/Care in the hospitals – Patient Safety Awareness.
Compassionate Opioid De-prescribing  
  • Donna Smith, MD, Medical Director, Virginia Mason
  • Kelly Pfeifer, MD, Director High-Value Care Staff, California Health Care Foundation

Opioid Crisis, Addiction, human response.

Making Data Sing
  • Judith Berg, PhD, RN, FAANP, Education  and Training in Resus 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
  • Seema Shaw

Rapid Fire How To:

  • Avoid double-dealing data displays
  • Write a Winning Abstract 
  • Present a Poster with Pizazz

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

know Sepsis: From Detection to Recovery
  • Trish Cruz
  • Andre Vovan

Hospital journey to excellence in Sepsis care.

Personalized Medicine
  • Stephen Kingsmore, MD, D.Sc., President & CEO, 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
  • Kristen 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.

Kristen 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 Nurse Executive at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore. She is a leader in achieving care delivery excellence throughout the patient care continuum that measurably improves quality; creates holistic, patient centered care experiences; and reduces healthcare costs by reducing waste and optimizing the value proposition.

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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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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