Since becoming Director of Infection Control and Patient Safety in 2016 serving as Einstein Montgomery’s Patient Safety Officer, Romano has initiated a number of changes, including a daily patient safety leadership call and a Good Catch program that demonstrate her commitment to improving the lives of patients which have had a lasting impact on the organization.
“Patient safety is our number one priority and Kelly is a tremendous asset in developing initiatives to improve outcomes and in ensuring that our patients receive safe, high-quality care,” says Beth Duffy, President and Chief Operating Officer for Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. “I’m so pleased that she has been honored with this award and it is well-deserved.”
When Romano assumed the additional responsibilities of Patient Safety Officer, she embraced the role and has taken the Patient Safety program to a new level. She began by implementing a daily patient safety leadership call that provides the management team with important safety updates. She has worked collaboratively with the clinical staff to significantly reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections and central line–associated bloodstream infections. She implemented educational isolation rounds to include the patient, family, and staff to help reduce the number of patients with multidrug resistant organisms, and implemented a Good Catch program to recognize staff who actively prevent infections and identify opportunities to improve safe practices. Romano’s strong leadership abilities have helped Einstein Montgomery successfully manage the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a two-time survivor of breast cancer, Romano is an active participant in the community, raising funds, speaking, and providing education about the importance of breast cancer screening and treatment and helping other young survivors deal with their diagnosis.
The I AM Patient Safety awards are judged by a cross-section of national and regional healthcare executives, patient safety advocates, and government, university, and patient representatives. The award criteria include innovation, impact, sustainability, and scalability. Inclusion of the patient in the initiative and demonstrating extraordinary actions are also considered.
Since its inception in 2013, the I AM Patient Safety awards have honored hundreds of programs and individuals taking action to positively impact patient safety. This year’s award categories include Ambulatory Surgery Facility, Focus On the Patient, Improving Diagnosis, Individual Impact, Long-Term Care Facility, Safety Story, and Transparency and Safety in Healthcare. Three new categories were added for 2021: Conquering COVID, Physician Offices, and Nationwide Warriors. An Executive Director’s Choice award was also selected.
About Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
A technologically-advanced, 195-bed tertiary care medical center located in East Norriton, Pa. Einstein Medical Center Montgomery is part of Einstein Healthcare Network and offers a full range of medical and surgical care. Services include: a full service maternity unit with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; 24-hour emergency medicine; advanced heart care, including cardiac catheterization, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology intervention; cutting-edge cancer care; orthopedics and bariatric surgery. Primary care services are provided by Einstein Physicians, a network of physicians, nurses and healthcare specialists dedicated to serving patients throughout every stage of life. For more information, visit Einstein.edu/Montgomery or call 1-800-EINSTEIN.
About the Patient Safety Authority
Established under the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act of 2002, the PSA, an independent state agency, collects and analyzes patient safety data to improve safety outcomes and help prevent patient harm. patientsafety.pa.gov.