Tracy is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, most recently with the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Semi-retired, she devotes much of her time to volunteer work focused on bettering lives of pregnant women and children, at both state and international levels. Clinically, she provides stabilization of high-risk newborns at deliveries, and collaborates with providers, for ongoing nursery care in a Level III perinatal unit. In addition to her clinical role, she is active in staff education and development for all members of the neonatal health care team.
Tracy has been in Neonatal Nursing for 31 years, and a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner for 27 years. She graduated from University of Colorado School of Nursing in 1985, received her Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate from The Children's Hospital in 1989, and her Masters in Nursing with a Maternal-Child focus, from the University of Colorado School of Nursing, in 1991. She received her Masters in Business from Colorado State University in 1994.
Her work history includes providing care for babies in LI-LIV nurseries and air transport of critically ill newborns and infants at Presbyterian/St.Luke's Hospital in Denver (1989-1999), and also for Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage Alaska (1995-1997). In 1997, she returned to Colorado, and moved to her hometown of Steamboat Springs, where she facilitated the development of the Special Care Nursery, at Yampa Valley Medical Center (1997-2013). She has taught Newborn Resuscitation Program since 1989 and in late 2015, completed the Helping Babies Breathe Master Training course. Tracy worked for Colorado Children’s Hospital from 2009-2015, providing NNP staff coverage in 3 of their Network of Care facilities. In 2016, she decreased her NICU time to locum coverage, and is focusing on her state and international volunteer work.
Involved in the Colorado Perinatal Care Council since 1989, Tracy became a hospital representative for YVMC in 1997, and was appointed to the Council’s Executive Committee in 2012. She has been involved in the Vermont Oxford Network’s State’s Together Perinatal Quality Collaborative efforts since 2013, supporting the transition of the CPCC to the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative.
Volunteering with Global Volunteers (non-profit active in 30 countries, providing WHO’s 12 Essential Services in limited resource areas, with short-term vacation volunteers) since 2006, she is active on the St. Lucia Project Advisory Committee, promoting the “First 1000 Days” and “Reaching Children’s Potential” programs in the village of Anse-la-Raye, St. Lucia. Tracy resides in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and travels often for work, service and pleasure. When home, Tracy spends much of her free time hiking and skiing, enjoying Northwest Colorado’s Mountains near her home.
Rachel Wright, MD Chair Elect
Rachel grew up in Texas, receiving a BA in Spanish Civilization at The University of Texas at Austin. She attended The University of Texas Medical Branch and received her MD in 2005. She and her husband then moved to Colorado for Pediatric Residency and Neonatology Fellowship, and has since stayed in Denver as a Neonatologist. Her clinical interests include acute cardiopulmonary processes, long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes, and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. She enjoys involvement in neonatal resuscitation education, healthcare public policy formation, resident education, and biomedical ethics with an emphasis on end of life care. Rachel and her husband have young daughters and love to spend time with them traveling near and far.
Sandy has worked in perinatal/neonatal/pediatric care since 1967 as a clinician, practitioner, teacher, author and consultant. Currently she is the Director of Professional Outreach Consultation, a national and international consulting firm established in 1980 and is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Nurse's Professional Development and Practice Association, LLC, a virtual company producing and selling evidence-based policies/ procedures/ protocols, clinical practice tools and continuing education offerings for nurses. Sandy is Senior Editor of Merenstein and Gardner's Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care, ed 7, 2011, a neonatal text that is used by nurses and doctors all over the world. Sandy is also a founding member of the Colorado Perinatal Care Council, its Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee.
Pat Bohling-Smith, MS, RN-C CPCQC Secretary
Pat has been active in nursing for over 40 years, serving in a variety of positions from staff nurse, to educator and recently in administration. After graduating from Holy Cross School of Nursing she then received her bachelors in nursing from Metropolitan State University and a masters in parent/child nurseing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Before retiring in 2014, Pat worked at Poudre Valley Hospital for over thirty years and for several years at the Medical Center of the Rockies as the Service Line Director for Women and Children's. For many years I have been a member of the collaborative and the executive committee. As the collaborative has evolved from a council to a collaborative, I have been grateful to be a part of quality initiatives the collaborative has undertaken.
Carrie Cortiglio, MS, ScM CPCQC Executive Committee Member
Carrie Cortiglio is the Deputy Director of the Policy, Communications and Administration Office at the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The Office oversees the Department’s legislative and budget agendas, internal and external communications, training and organizational development, federal policy and grants, and client services. Carrie leads Department culture change efforts to improve employee engagement and integrate person-centered principles into Department programs, policies and processes. Prior to her current role, she was the Department’s legislative liaison. Before joining the Department, Carrie worked as a policy analyst and lobbyist for the Health District or Northern Larimer County. Her work there focused on all aspects of health care policy and she lead the Health District’s efforts to create a community-wide strategy to reduce consumption of sugar- sweetened beverages. Before relocating to Colorado, Carrie worked for the Massachusetts legislature and for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. Carrie holds a Master of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health with a focus on maternal and child health and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College. She is a graduate of 2010 Advanced Leadership Training Program Regional Institute of Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL).
Laurale Cross, APRN, NNP-BS
CPCQC Executive Committee Member
Laurale is a Colorado native, growing up in Palisade on the western slope. After graduating from Colorado Mesa University Laurale received her masters degree from the University of Arizona. She has worked in nursing since 1974, first as an Registered Nurse, followed by 30 years as a Nurse Practitioner. For the past 12 years, Laurale has been involved in nursing administration as the director of the Birthing Center at Valley View Hospital and currently as the Administrative Director of Women's Services at VVH. Laurale has a commitment to child safety and serves on the Garfield County Child Fatality Review Team, Infant Safe Sleep Coalition, as well as the Child Passenger Safety Group. She has organized a yearly Kid's and Teen's Safety Fair for the past 14 years wjith 2,500 attendees at the 2016 event. Perinal quality improvement is an area of interest and she leads the Women's and Children's Service Line group as well as the Pediatric Collaborative Care group. Laurale is a member of the Safe Deliveries Colorado Steering Committee.
Meghan Donnelly, MD
CPCQC Executive Committee Member
Meghan is a Colorado native, but completed medical school and residency at Duke University. She then returned to Denver and completed a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Colorado. Meghan then joined the faculty and is currently an assistant professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Meghan first served as the medical director of the University of Colorado Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, and is now co-medical director of the Women's Care Center and Birth Center at the University of Colorado Hospital. Meghan is also active in outreach work in the community, and is the medical director of the MFM outreach clinic in Summit County. Meghan is passionate about providing the most up-to-date, compassionate and evidence based care for high risk pregnancies and deliveries in Colorado, and also in educating medical students, residents, and other obstetric providers to improve care in hospitals across the state. Meghan loves skiing and hiking with her husband, son and two Bernese Mountain dogs.
Kathy Gaines, RN, MPH CPCQC Executive Committee Member
Ms. Gaines has practiced as a registered nurse in public, private, rural and teaching hospitals. Her area of expertise is women’s health care including labor and delivery, family planning, case management of high-risk obstetrics, and general well woman care. In addition, she served as the Program Director of the Colorado March of Dimes. As Program Director, she was responsible for the planning, development and implementation of public and professional health education programs, public affairs, oversight of direct clinical service grants and recruitment and management of volunteers in Colorado. Currently, she is a Nurse Consultant at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Viral Hepatitis Program/Immunization Branch She is a frequent presenter to both public and professional groups about issues relating to Perinatal Hepatitis B and immunization. She is a member of Colorado Public Health Association and Public Health Nurses of Colorado. She is also a member of Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC) and currently serves on the Collaborative's Executive Committee.
Nancy Griffith, RN, MSN, CPHQ CPCQC Executive Committee Member
Nancy currently serves at Director for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA). She is responsible for providing oversight of quality and patient safety projects sponsored by CHA and collaborating with Colorado hospitals and other organizations to improve the quality and safety of patients throughout Colorado. One of the key projects she currently facilitates is the statewide “Safe Deliveries Colorado” initiative that began in 2015. She also serves on the statewide Stroke Advisory Board and Colorado Health Care Professional Credentials Application Committee.
Prior to joining CHA, Nancy served for seven years as Director of Quality Management and Performance Services at Littleton Adventist Hospital. She was responsible for oversight of all quality and education services in a 231-bed acute care hospital, including patient safety, infection prevention, physician peer review, regulatory readiness, clinical quality initiatives, and clinical education.
Nancy has also served in various roles in hospitals across Colorado, including quality outcomes coordinator for a Denver hospital, director of clinical services for a large primary practice group, and director of total quality management in a large urban hospital. She holds a masters’ degree in Nursing from University of Wisconsin at Madison and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Creighton University in Omaha.
Mary McMahon, RN, MSN, CHTS-CP CPCQC Executive Committee Member
Mary is a nationally-known leader in perinatal services, committed to patient-centered standards of care that are interdisciplinary and evidence based. Mary has been a member of the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative since 2003 and on the Executive Board since 2012. As a nurse consultant, she is assisting with the Safe Deliveries Colorado project to reduce the rate of preterm births in our state. A member of the Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) for over 30 years, she served on the Board of Directors as the 2010-2011 Secretary Treasurer in addition to holding many chapter and section leadership roles. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing Alumni Association, where she received a masters in nursing and a graduate certificate in Health Care Informatics. She is the Treasurer-Elect for the Colorado Health Information and Management Systems Society (CHIMSS) and is a certified healthcare technology specialist as a clinician/practitioner consultant. She was a director of perinatal services for over 12 years and has many years of experience as a nursing consultant. Achieving Meaningful Use requirements for obstetrical services throughout the US and Canada has provided Mary many opportunities to work closely with clinicians in hospitals delivering 75 - 300 births per month. Currently she is a clinical nurse specialist for Informatics at National Jewish Health, assisting with implementation and sustainability of electronic medical records. She lives in Parker, Colorado with her husband and has two adult children who live in San Francisco, CA.
Torri Metz, MD, MS CPCQC Executive Committee Member
Torri Metz, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Metz earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in Chemistry (1999). She completed her medical education at the University of Colorado graduating from the School of Medicine in 2004 and from the University of Colorado Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program in 2009. She then went on to complete her Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship and Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation at the University of Utah (2012).Dr. Metz is the physician director of the maternal medical high-risk clinic at Denver Health Medical Center. Both her research and clinical interests are related to maternal medical complications of pregnancy. She is interested in studying uncommon diseases in pregnancy including maternal congenital heart disease and maternal sepsis to provide better patient counseling and improve outcomes of pregnancy for these high-risk clinical scenarios. She is also interested in ways to reduce cesarean delivery including prevention of primary cesarean delivery, vaginal birth after cesarean and operative vaginal delivery. Dr. Metz is enthusiastic about the creation of the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative, which will allow us to make advances at the state-level to improve outcomes for both moms and babies.
Alfonso Pantoja, MD CPCQC Executive Committee Member, Past Chair
Philosophy of Care:To provide caring, effective, efficient, safe, timely and compassionate care to all infants and their families Medical Education and TrainingMedical School: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru Internship and residency in Pediatrics: Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn, NY Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine: Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
Clinical Experience▪ Neonatologist at ESJH: 1981-2016▪ Medical director of ESJH’s NICU: 2005-2012▪ Regional Director Chairman Neonatology, CPMG: 2005-2012Involvement in ESJH▪ Exempla IRB chair 2008-2009▪ President Medical Executive Committee: 2010-2011▪ Neonatology Chair: 2001-2009▪ Neonatology Microsytem lead : 2005-2009▪ Women’s and Children’s Mesosystem Lead : 2009-2010▪ Perinatal Care Council: President Elect 2008-2009. President 2010-2011
Personal Interests: Competitive Volleyball (doubles and six-men). Member of the Rocky Mountain Region, USVB Board▪ Nature photography▪ Movies
Karen Trierweiler, MS, CNM CPCQC Executive Committee Member
Karen Trierweiler is a master’s prepared nurse midwife with over 30 years of experience in Maternal and Child Health. She practiced as a nurse midwife for many years and served on the Nurse Midwifery faculty at the University of Colorado School of Nursing. She joined the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) in 1990 as a nurse consultant for the Prenatal and Family Planning programs, working closely with local public health agencies across the state. She became the Director of the Women’s Health Section at CDPHE in 2000 and in 2006 became the Title V MCH Director for the State. She is currently the Deputy Division Director of the Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Karen received the CDPHE 2102 Distinguished Service Award and a Recognition of Distinction for state MCH Leadership from AMCHP in 2013.
Nicole Wong, MA, PMP
CPCQC Executive Committee Member
Nicole is the Maternal and Child Health Director at the March of Dimes, developing and leading the organization's maternal and infant health programming in Colorado and Wyoming. She is responsible for implementing the organization's Strategic Mission Investment Plan to reduce preterm birth and improve health equity in birth outcomes. She manages the grant portfolio in both states. Prior to joining the March of Dimes, Nicole was a management consultant, providing services for state health and human services agencies in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Her experience includes Medicaid, Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS), and health and human services programs eligibility systems. Within these areas, Nicole has worked with states on business process analysis, system procurement, request for proposals (RFP) development, and independent verification and validation (IV&V). Nicole is licensesd as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute, and is certified in Group Facilitation Methods by the Institute of Cultural Affairs. She received a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Denver, where she focused on global health, health service delivery, and maternal child health.
Ed Donovan, MD CPCQC Consultant
Dr. Ed Donovan, neonatologist, moved to Colorado in June 2010. He remains part-time as Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is one of the founders of the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative and serves on the Executive Committee. His current research interests focus on improving population perinatal health. Ed graduated from Stanford University and the UCLA School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati. After two years in the US Public Health Service, he completed his neonatology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati and McGill University of Montreal. Ed lives in La Veta, with his wife, Deb. He is excited about CPCC’s work to improve outcomes of pregnancy at the population level in Colorado.
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