Pediatric Quality Initiatives

Continuous Quality Improvement   

Kids Health First strives to drive quality improvement by building consensus around important health care quality issues with the community healthcare leaders. Our straightforward approach to quality improvement:  Measure-Analyze-Improve-Repeat. This process not only provides consistency in care, but also provides the highest quality of care and an enhanced patient experience and safety, thus realizing the goal of Patient-Centered Medical Home.

One of the key tenets of Kids Health First is our commitment to continuous quality improvement in healthcare delivery to infants, children and teens in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia. Our goal is to promote and maintain the highest possible standards of pediatric healthcare while improving the overall patient experience.  We accomplish this through our joint efforts with our member physicians, other healthcare providers and organizations and thought leaders across the state.  Our aim is to improve the health status for all children, to promote accessibility to healthcare providers, provide cost-effective quality care, and practice a culture of patient safety.

Our focus is on the Patient-Centered Medical Home which places the child at the forefront of our mission and which creates a systematic approach to care. We accomplish this by strengthening our relationships and communication, by embracing and using advanced technology and by improving the coordination of effective and efficient care.

Quality Utilization Management (QUM) Executive Committee

The QUM Executive Committee is responsible for providing leadership to the Kids Health First QUM team members. Primary focus: To provide oversight of all QUM programs and committees.

  1. Brad Weselman, M.D., F.A.A.P., Chair
  2. Jackie Gotlieb, M.D., F.A.A.P., Medical Director
  3. Sally Marcus, M.D., F.A.A.P., Medical Director

Community Quality Management Committee

Primary focus: To create a community of consensus of care by cultivating relationships in the pediatric provider community; To develop Clinical Practice and Referral Guidelines in collaboration with that community; And, to interface with the community on any quality improvement activities that includes a primary care arm.

  1. Vanna Jackson, M.D., F.A.A.P., Co-chair
  2. Tracy Ferguson, M.D., F.A.A.P., Co-chair
  3. Jennifer Burrell, M.D.
  4. Shea Fleming, M.D.
  5. David Roe, M.D.
  6. Dina Royal, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Medical Home Quality Management Committee

Primary focus: To create and implement quality improvement activities that focus on the Patient Centered Medical Home and primary care pediatrics. This may include patient satisfaction, risk management, standardization of clinical forms and primary care quality improvement initiatives.

  1. Monique Welsh-Evans, M.D., F.A.A.P., Co-chair
  2. LaShawnda Doster, M.D., Co-chair
  3. Linda Rickey, Practice Administrator, Chair
  4. Lori Desoutter, M.D., F.A.A.P.
  5. Noureen Husain, M.D., F.A.A.P.
  6. James Lin, M.D.
  7. Ojoru Osunkoya, M.D.
  8. Gerald Reisman, M.D., F.A.A.P.
  9. Dennis Selva, M.D.
  10. Dorothy Wiggins, M.D., F.A.A.P.
  11. Donna Scowden, Practice Administrator
  12. Dee Schultz, Business Manager