The Power of U Team at University of Louisville Hospital

The Power of U Team

The Power of U Team at University of Louisville Hospital

University of Louisville Hospital
Louisville, Kentucky
United States
Lea Ann Sherrell, 7S RN; Breonna Zinninger, 7S PCA; Amanda Culler, MERIT RN; Hailey Smith, Burn, CRN; Teri O’Bryan, House Supervisor; Kimberly Broughton-Miller, Trauma 2 APRN; Michelle Frisbie, Trauma 2 APRN; Jessica Deis, Float RN; Bethanie Kotelnicki, Float RN; Kirt Hodges, Chaplain; Elaine Johnson, RN Case Manager; Tiffany Smith, RN Case Manager; Becky Kiesler, Care Coordination Director

Recently, UofL Hospital admitted a patient following a motor vehicle collision that involved the patient and her children. Two of the patient’s children were admitted to the ICU at Children’s Hospital down the street. The patient had multiple fractures but was stable on one of UofL’s step down units.

During her stay, a physician from Children’s Hospital came to speak with her regarding the poor prognosis of one of her children. Upon notification of the situation, the staff at both Children’s and UofL Hospital stepped into action to meet the patient’s very real need to be with her child. The team included nurses, nursing aides, chaplains, the house supervisor, APRNs, case managers, and a local ambulance service.

Through collaboration and coordination, the team was able to have the patient transported to Children’s Hospital on multiple occasions, accompanied by a nurse for monitoring, to visit with her child, all costs covered by the hospital. She was able to participate in decision making, be present when the child was pronounced, and ultimately was present for the honor walk as the child was transported to the OR for organ donation.

Today we want to honor the team that came together to provide exceptional care to this patient:

Lea Ann Sherrell, 7S RN: Identified the patient’s need and initiated discussions with care coordination and leadership to meet the patient’s needs

Breonna Zinninger, 7S PCA: Identified the patient’s need and initiated discussions with care coordination and leadership to meet the patient’s needs

Amanda Culler, MERIT RN: Came in on a day off to escort the patient during a trip to Children’s Hospital

Hailey Smith, Burn CRN: Facilitated a room and care for the patient that allowed her and family time to process the situation and grieve

Teri O’Bryan, House Supervisor: Coordinated with staff and leadership to facilitate the visits to Children’s Hospital

Kimberly Broughton-Miller, Trauma 2 APRN: Facilitated care orders to allow patient to go offsite to Children’s Hospital

Michelle Frisbie, Trauma 2 APRN: Facilitated care orders to allow patient to go offsite to Children’s Hospital

Jessica Deis, Float RN: Came in on two days off to escort the patient during trips to Children’s Hospital

Bethanie Kotelnicki, Float RN: Escorted the patient during a trip to Children’s Hospital

Kirt Hodges, Chaplain: Supported the patient and family during the difficult time of prognosis, death, organ donation and grief

Elaine Johnson, RN Case Manager: Coordinated transport to and from Children’s Hospital

Tiffany Smith, RN Case Manager: Coordinated transport to and from Children’s Hospital

Becky Kiesler, Care Coordination Director: Approved and coordinated transportation to and from Children’s Hospital