b2ap3_thumbnail_SRMC.jpgA Waynesburg University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)  student and three faculty members recently joined forces with a representative from Southwest Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in an effort to decrease readmission rates at the hospital through the implementation of the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit.

Through the quality-improvement project, the team was able to reduce readmissions at SRMC to 8 percent, which is significantly less than the national rate of 19 percent. Readmission, as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is a return hospitalization to an acute care hospital following a prior acute care admission within 30 days of discharge.

Dr. Carol J. Adams, now a graduate of the University’s DNP Program, led the team. The project was her DNP Program capstone project. Dr. Kimberly Stephens and Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, co-directors of the DNP Program and assistant professors of nursing at the University, and Hal Kersteen, a part-time faculty member, along with Jeanne Katruska, director of case management at Southwest Regional Medical Center, collaborated on the project.

An article detailing the project was recently published in the July 2014 edition of “Quality Management in Health Care.” The article, “Implementation of the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit to Decrease All-Cause Readmission Rates at a Rural Community Hospital,” states that the project aimed to:

  • Use the methodology outlined by Joint Commission Resources-Hospital Engagement Network and Project Re-Engineered Discharge (Project RED) to redesign the discharge process,
  • Reduce hospital 30-day all-cause readmission rates, and
  • Improve patient/family involvement in the discharge process.

“The partnership with Waynesburg University provided valuable insight to the discharge process, which has the potential to benefit many other hospitals,” explained Katruska.  “We are proud of the progress we made and continue to see readmission rates, which are significantly less than national averages. The process aligns perfectly with our commitment to continually improve the quality of care we provide to patients in our community.”

As part of Waynesburg’s DNP Program, students are required to lead an evidence-based practice change throughout a healthcare system that affects patient outcomes.

“Carol worked with the University, the hospital and the Joint Commission to implement a program that improved the discharge process and decreased hospital readmission rates,” said Dr. Whiteman. “I am very proud of Carol’s work and the outcomes achieved for patients and Southwest Regional Medical Center as a result of her work.”

Waynesburg University established its fully accredited DNP Program in 2007 as one of the first 25 DNP programs in the United States.

The University’s DNP Program differs from Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs because the focus is on evidence-based practice and systems leadership that has an immediate impact on the quality of health care delivery; graduates from traditional Ph.D. programs develop programs of original research.

According to Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University, Waynesburg’s DNP Program serves as a natural extension to the University’s Master of Science in Nursing degree program with a concentration in administration, but also is appropriate for those with education, informatics and advanced practice backgrounds. 

“In this program, students enhance their understanding of principles of leadership and are ready to assume an active role in promoting the highest quality health care delivery from a values-based perspective,” Mosser said.

Among the students in the University’s DNP Program are administrators, educators, executive leaders, certified registered nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified registered nurse anesthetists from all over the country.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 23 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

Southwest Regional Medical Center is Greene County’s only acute care hospital.  The facility has 49-beds and offers 24-hour emergency services, a full range of diagnostic imaging specialties, a fully accredited laboratory, cardiology services, hyperbaric wound care and home health services.  Southwest Regional Medical Center is also accredited by The Joint Commission. 

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Waynesburg University’s director of faith and mission Rev. Carolyn Poteet will move into the new position of director of international programs as the University works to increase global literacy for its students, the University announced today. 

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to, once again, use my international experience to bless the Waynesburg community and deepen our relationships with God’s people around the world,” Poteet said.

With her experience at World Vision, an international, Christian humanitarian organization, combined with her familiarity with Waynesburg University, Poteet brings to her new position a strong background in international outreach as well as a vital understanding of the mission of Waynesburg University.

“Focusing on international opportunities is one of the priorities in our strategic plan,” said Mary Cummings, vice president for Student Services at the University. “Rev. Poteet’s international experience, coupled with her passion for the mission of Waynesburg University, makes her the perfect choice to effectively represent the University at various schools and organizations abroad. She brings broad international experience having worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.”

For several years, Poteet worked for World Vision, an organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

She developed and managed grant-funded programming as an international program development officer at World Vision. Poteet acquired more than $100 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, World Food Program, UNHCR and UNICEF through her grant-proposals.

Poteet is an ordained Presbyterian minister and previously served as the associate pastor and minister for Christian education and young families at the First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, N.C.

Rev. James Tinnemeyer, who joined the University as the director of the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry in July, will now also serve as the University chaplain.

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Unknown-1.jpgWaynesburg University presented the Greene County Historical Society with a donation Friday, Oct. 3, to help cover expenses associated with the display of a special exhibit, “The Civil War in Pennsylvania.” The exhibit is on loan to the Historical Society from the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The opening reception for the exhibit is Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Stover.jpgThe Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars met with Tucker and Arensberg Partner Robert L. McTiernan Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, to discuss his involvement in the 1989 Supreme Court nativity scene case Allegheny County v. Greater Pittsburgh ACLU. McTiernan discussed Allegheny County’s unsuccessful legal strategy to defend the nativity scene in the Allegheny County Courthouse from the ACLU’s constitutional challenge. McTiernan also provided insights to the Stover Scholars about law school and entering the practice of law. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_homecoming-14.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate Homecoming Friday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 11. Throughout the weekend, a number of activities will be held for students, alumni and members of the community.

“Homecoming is a very special event for our alumni,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “I look forward to greeting Waynesburg graduates and sharing with them all of the exciting things happening on our campus.”

The weekend will offer a variety of scheduled activities, including athletic events, a 5K walk/run, class reunions and more. The Yellow Jacket football team will take on Case Western Reserve University at 1:30 p.m. at John F. Wiley Stadium Saturday, Oct. 11.

Registration for Homecoming 2014 is encouraged. For more information or to register, visit www.waynesburgunited.com/homecoming14 or call 724-852-3256.

The Homecoming Weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 10

  • 1 p.m. – Golf at Rohanna’s Golf Course (reservation required)
  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Reception at the President’s house (reservation required)
  • 6 p.m. – Recent Graduates are invited to join current students in Johnson Commons for a picnic, followed by a pep rally and Waynesburg Idol Finale on our outdoor stage.
  • 7 p.m. – All Alumni Celebration at The Lodge at Rohanna’s (reservation required)

Saturday, Oct. 11

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk registration (Johnson Commons). Please pre-register online at myconnect.waynesburg.edu or by calling 724-852-3206.
  • 8:30 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk shotgun start (Johnson Commons)
  • 9 a.m. to noon – The Paul R. Stewart Museum will be open
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – The Campus Bookstore will be open
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – All alumni who check in at Orange Alumni Tent (Johnson Commons) will receive two complimentary game tickets. Alumni can also check in at the front and back gates of John F. Wiley Stadium from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. - Volleyball Trimatch vs. Saint Vincent and Pitt Greensburg (Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – JacketFest (Johnson Commons), a family-friendly event featuring booths, activities and giveaways from a number of student clubs and organizations
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Come-and-Go Brunch (Benedum Dining Hall)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Football Game (John F. Wiley Stadium)
  • Halftime – Alumni Tent (John F. Wiley Stadium back gate)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Hospitality Room (Stover Campus Center)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Women’s Tennis vs. Alderson-Broaddus College (Waynesburg University Tennis Courts)
  • Postgame – 5th Quarter Steak Cookout (John F. Wiley Stadium - reservation required)

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