Friday, July 30, 2021

Another First for GBMC

Science has taught us how to save individuals who are having a life threatening cardiac arrythmia. We also know that time is of the essence, so being well-trained in advance leads to better outcomes for the patients. 

Recently, GBMC became the first hospital in the state of Maryland to earn the designation as an RQI Lighthouse Organization because of our “adoption and consistent use of an innovative CPR training program.” We are the first hospital in our state to use the RQI system to train nurses and other clinical providers in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

RQI training techniques have helped members of our clinical staff achieve sustained mastery of CPR skills. The hospital implemented the system, which is endorsed by the American Heart Association, back in 2016. During the training, the system provides live feedback, while the learner practices CPR skills with a manikin every three months.  These techniques came in handy a couple of years ago when one of our own staff members used his skills outside of a patient unit to save someone’s life.

While walking to lunch, Roel Tiberio, BSN, RN, CGRN, Endoscopy Nurse Manager with The Kroh Center for Digestive Disorders and one of our Art of Nursing Award recipients,  was having a conversation with a coworker when he heard a loud noise and turned to see that someone had fallen.  At the same time, two other GBMC HealthCare system medical staff members were leaving the cafeteria, and also saw the visitor on the floor.  They immediately ran to assist and found this person to be without a pulse and not breathing. Using his clinical training, Roel quickly delegated someone to call for a code and another to get an automatic external defibrillator (AED) while he began CPR. Roel followed the instructions which indicated that the visitor required a shock.  Roel proceeded to shock the patient as he and his colleagues continued CPR. When the code team arrived, the visitor was breathing on his own and was immediately transported to the Emergency Department.  After a full medical assessment, the patient was admitted for observation. Roel was relieved to learn that the patient had survived without complications.  

It is not uncommon for our clinicians to implement CPR on a patient, but it is not often that clinicians use these skills outside of patient care units. Roel’s quick actions were lifesaving and clearly shows the value of the RQI system. 

I want to thank Vanessa Velez, Director of Professional Practice, Education, and Research at GBMC HealthCare and Deborah Higgins, MS, RN, CHSE, our Simulation Manager and AHA Training Center Coordinator, for all their hard work to make sure that we are adopting best practices and continually improving our readiness for events like the one described above. I would also like to thank David Vitberg, MD, Director of our Medical and Surgical ICU, and Carolyn Candiello, our Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety, for working with RQI to bring this tool to our hospital.   

Diversity & Inclusion Assessment
Our vision at GBMC HealthCare is to become the community-based healthcare system that can deliver to every patient, every time the care we would want for our own loved ones.

We cannot achieve this vision unless our workforce mirrors those we are serving. Our diversity brings more new ideas and our inclusiveness magnifies this by empowering many more people to innovate. We need our entire team to be engaged to move us forward, faster. 

GBMC will be working with Cee Suite to conduct an assessment of the current state of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility in the GBMC HealthCare System. This assessment will help our organization identify what we are doing well and where we can improve. Cee Suite is a talent management consulting firm with a specialized focus in diversity, equity, and inclusion. They partner with organizations to develop sustainable DEI solutions.

After completing the organizational assessment, Cee Suite will provide leaders at GBMC with a roadmap to create a more diverse workforce and foster an inclusive environment for our staff and patients.

What should you expect?

--In the next 30 days, employees from various departments, roles, and backgrounds will be invited to participate in focus groups led by Cee Suite.  This participation will require a commitment of one hour.
--Over the next 3 to 6 months, we will share the feedback from the organizational assessment and an introduction to our organizational plan. 

If you have questions regarding this initiative, please send them to

Thank you.

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