Michael A. Posencheg, MD, Neonatologist and Medical Director, Intensive Care Nursery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Attending Physician, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has interests in the areas of quality improvement and patient safety. He completed the Improvement Advisor (IA) and Graduate IA program at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. His team has made significant improvements in reducing unplanned extubations in ventilated infants, redesigning delivery room care and improving admission temperatures for infants with a birth weight <1250g, and reducing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization in the Intensive Care Nursery. Dr. Posencheg created a curriculum utilizing simulation technology to improve the teaching of neonatal resuscitation to pediatric residents. The results of this project and the delivery room redesign were published in Pediatrics. Dr. Posencheg is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.
Christina Southey, MS, is an Improvement Advisor with IHI and faculty member in the ISIA program. Previously she has held roles as lead for Quality Improvement with ImpactBC where she worked on multiple projects in the primary and community care realm. Prior to joining ImpactBC, she was involved with improvement work in Saskatchewan where she contributed to the design and implementation of breakthrough series collaboratives on chronic disease care, as well as the implementation of province-wide surveying and reporting on patients’ experience. For the past three years at she has been the provincial collaborative coach in the Child and Youth Mental Heath and Substance Use Collaborative in British Columbia. Christina has also applied her quality improvement expertise in multiple small and large group education session in Saskatchewan, BC and Alberta. Christina holds a Masters Degree in Community Health and Epidemiology and lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario Canada.