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Six HHC Clinicians Selected as Quality Improvement Fellows

Dimitrios Papanagnou, MD

Six HHC clinicians - five doctors and a nurse - are among 20 physicians and nurses in the Greater New York area who have been selected as fellows in the prestigious Clinical Quality Fellowship Program. An initiative of the United Hospital Fund and the Greater New York Hospital Association, the fellowship program supports the training and professional development of early- and mid-career physicians and nurses to help them lead quality improvement and patient safety efforts in their hospitals.

The 2013-2014 HHC fellows are:

  • Melencio Friginal, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing, Metropolitan Hospital Center
  • Rajiv Pant, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Woodhull Medical Center
  • Dimitrios Papanagnou, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine Director, Simulation Fellow, Kings County Hospital Center, HHC Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning (IMSAL), and SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Maryann Popiel, MD, Inpatient Director, Behavioral Healthcare Service, Jacobi Medical Center
  • Michael Serlin, MD, Medical Director, Harlem Family Center, Harlem Hospital Center
  • Toni Stern, MD, Chairperson, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Coney Island Hospital

The faculty includes Caroline Jacobs, HHC Senior Vice President for Patient Safety, Accreditation and Regulatory Services.

Established in 2009, the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program is intended to create a lasting infrastructure supporting quality improvement in the Greater New York area. Through an intensive 15-month training session, regional leaders in health care quality teach the fellows proven tools and techniques to improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of patient care within their hospitals. Participating fellows then bring their new knowledge, skills, and strategies back to their institutions, where they are prepared to take on leadership roles as agents of change.


April 2013

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