Quality Improvement Committee Update


The committee welcomes Kimberly DiMaria DNP, CPNP-AC, CCRN as co-chair! Kim will join Greg Yurasek, who enters his second year as co-chair. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a NP and QI leader in the PICU and CICU at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently Director of Quality & Safety in the Congenital Heart Center at the University of Michigan, Kim maintains her clinical practice as an NP in the CICU and leads resuscitation improvement efforts across the health system. She obtained her doctorate from Johns Hopkins University with an emphasis on implementation science and executive leadership. Kim believes that QI should make it easier for teams to do the right thing and is passionate about engaging the multidisciplinary team in advancing outcomes for patients with CHD. She looks forward to expanding the reach of this committee to make QI science accessible to all members of PCICS and increasing engagement among the members in implementation science research.

In other committee news, we have 3 important updates!

The QILT Project – Quality Improvement Leadership and Training – will be a pre-conference workshop for PCICS 2024 this November in San Diego! The project is designed to help society members who have a QI project in mind but are either new to the science of QI or work in institutions with limited or no support for QI. The workshop will include a day of didactic sessions followed by ongoing support of select projects by committee members; the overall goal is to see these projects through design, study, data completion, and publication. Please stay tuned for more details about the workshop in the coming months.

Members of the Research Subcommittee surveyed PCICS member institutions about the current QI research infrastructure, with nearly 60 respondents from 38 institutions across 4 countries. Areas assessed were current QI work, involvement in collaboratives, institutional QI support, local QI training opportunities, and what sites would like to see PCICS offer in terms of quality support. The Committee aims to use this information to better support member institution needs and link with initiatives within PCICS.

The Education Subcommittee just completed its first Quality Improvement episode “Learning from Industry”, and it will be coming to the PCICS podcast in the next 1-2 months! Two more episodes, a look at leadership and collaboration in QI and another about QI in resource-limited countries are under production for the year to come. Join us for some fascinating conversations. Lastly, a Quality Improvement Special Interest Group is being constructed by the QI-Education group—be on the lookout 😊


Gregory Yurasek MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Cardiac Intensivist
George Washington University
Children’s National Health System

Kimberly DiMaria

Kimberly DiMaria DNP, CPNP-AC, CCRN

Director of Quality and Safety, Congenital Heart Center
University of Michigan