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Quality Improvement Awards

CPQCC grants the following awards to individual practitioners and clinical teams who make exemplary contributions to the field of neonatal quality improvement. Awards are presented at CPQCC's annual Improvement Palooza event every March. For more information on CPQCC's member data awards, visit the Member Awards page. 

Janet Pettit Memorial Award

The Janet Pettit Memorial Award honors the contributions of an outstanding neonatal nurse, Janet Pettit, DNS, RNC, NNP, who worked for over 30 years in the NICU as a clinical nurse, manager, outreach educator, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse practitioner. Janet was a tireless volunteer with CPQCC, lending her expertise to the Perinatal Quality Improvement Panel (PQIP) for over 13 years. She also served as a clinical consultant to the California Children's Services' (CCS) Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) Collaborative. 

Janet led multiple publications and clinical research efforts in the area of vascular access. She was the co-author of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) PICC Guidelines, was a task force member for the AVA Best Practice Guidelines for Pediatric Central Venous Catheters and served as a reviewer for the Infusion Nurses Society's Infusion Standards of Practice and on the Board of Directors for NANN and the Association for Vascular Access. For her excellence in vascular access, she received the Suzanne LeVere Herbst Award

In honor of Janet's legacy, the Pettit Award is granted to a Registered Nurse (RN), advanced practice nurse (NNP, CNS), or a NICU QI team who:

  • has made significant contributions to neonatal quality improvement within their unit and beyond or
  • is an emerging QI leader in the neonatal community 

Nominations are open from March 1st - January 31st every year. Awards are presented at CPQCC's annual Improvement Palooza event every March. 

Submit a nomination for the Pettit Award

2022 Awardee

Jennifer Norgaard, RNC-NIC, MSN, ACCNS-P

Valley Children’s Healthcare

Jennifer launched the Golden Hour QI project to implement a bundle to standardize the admission process for premature infants. She also has educational offerings for over 60 referring hospitals on best practices to enhance care for neonates. She is in a leadership position with the Magnet Outcomes Committee, Unplanned Extubation Critical Care Improvement Team, and Nursing Peer Review Committee.

Past Awardees

  • 2021: Latisha Picard, BSN, MBA, IBCLC (Santa Clara Valley Medical Center)
  • 2020: Angela Huang, RNC-Nic, BSN, MPH (Quality & Data Nurse Coordinator, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center)
  • 2019: Ching Tay, MS, CNS, RNC-NIC (Clinical Nurse Specialist at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach)
  • 2018: Elizabeth Drake, RNC-NIC, MN, NNP, CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist at CHOC Children's Hospital at Mission Viejo) 
  • 2017: Beth Berry, RN, NICU Nurse (Transport Coordinator, and HRIF Facilitator at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital 
  • 2016: Robin Koeppel, MS, RNC-NIC, CPNP, CNS (Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center)
  • 2015: D. Lisa Bollman, RN, MSN, RNC-NIC, CPHQ (Director of the Community Perinatal Network)
  • 2014: Amy Paradis, RN, NNP (Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurse at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto)

David Wirtschafter Award

David Wirtschafter, MD, is a leader in neonatal quality improvement. After finishing his pediatric training at the Stanford University Medical Center and the University of Alabama, Birmingham Medical Center he joined the Southern California Permanente Medical Group as its Regional Coordinator of Perinatal Services (1985) and practiced as a neonatologist until his retirement in 2006.  He also served as a consultant to California Children’s Services and the California Children’s Hospital Association on their collaboratives to lower the rate of neonatal healthcare-associated infections.  David retired from clinical practice in 2012 and moved to Israel where he volunteers as a consultant to the Israeli Neonatologists Society’s, quality improvement initiatives such as decreasing healthcare-associated infections and severe intra-ventricular hemorrhages in Israel’s NICUs.

David was a member of CPQCC from its inception in 1997 and chaired its Perinatal Quality Improvement Panel (PQIP) for its first decade. David remained active in the committee’s progression towards statewide quality improvement initiatives and served as an expert panel member on CPQCC’s first collaborative in 2008. He was the inspiration behind CPQCC's QI toolkits and continues to participate actively on the PQIP Research Subcommittee, continuing his lasting impact on the lives of newborns across the state of California.

In honor of David's ongoing dedication to improvement in the field, the Wirtschafter Award is jointly sponsored by CPQCC and the California Association of Neonatologists (CAN) and is awarded to:

  • individual leaders or emerging leaders in neonatal quality improvement or
  • NICU QI teams that have contributed not only within their unit but across the neonatal community

Nominations are open from March 1st - January 31st every year. Awards are presented at CPQCC's annual Improvement Palooza event every March. 

Submit a nomination for the Wirtschafter Award

2022 Awardee

Malathi Balasundaram, MD, FAAP

El Camino Health NICU & Stanford University

Malathi is in key leadership in the formation of th following subcommittees and QI projects: Family Centered Care (FCC) Team, Family Advisory Board (FAB) Team, Parent (Mentor) Buddy Program, Early Hand Expression (EHE), Skin to Skin Contact (SSC), Parent Comfort Team, Kangaroo Care Team, Infant Massage Program, Discharge Education Program, NICU Reunion Team, Post Discharge Follow Up Team, Reach Out and Read (ROAR), Oxygen Saturation Histogram,Noise Reduction Committee, Improve Quarterly Patient Satisfaction Survey Scores, Education of staff on antibiotic stewardship and new clinical pathways for Sepsis Management in Term & Late Term Infants, Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Workshop at LPCH.


Past Awardees:

  • 2021: El Camino Hospital - NICU Family-Centered Care Committee (Click here for a list of members of the El Camino Hospital NICU Family-Centered Care Committee)
  • 2020: Lisa Chyi, MD (Kaiser Permanente, Northern California) and Robert Castro, MD (Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital)
  • 2019: David Braun, MD (Kaiser Permanente, Southern California) 
  • 2018: Jochen Profit, MD (Stanford Medical Center)
  • 2017: John Cleary, MD (CHOC Medical Center) and Courtney Nisbet, RN, MS (CPQCC)
  • 2016: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • 2015: Allen Fischer, MD (Kaiser Hospital, Walnut Creek)
  • 2014: Antoine Soliman, MD (Miller Children's and Women's Hospital, Long Beach)
  • 2013: Priya Jegatheesan, MD (Santa Clara Valley Medical Center)
  • 2012: Alex Espinoza, MD (Alta Bates Medical Center)
  • 2011: Paul Sharek, MD (Stanford Medical Center)
  • 2010: Henry Lee, MD (UCSF)

D. Lisa Bollman NICU Transport QI Award

On November 12, 2020, we lost our colleague and friend, D. Lisa Bollman, MSN, RNC-NIC, CPHQ. Lisa was a leader in perinatal health who made an indelible impact on our organizations and on the lives of countless patients, families, and clinicians throughout the state of California and beyond. Lisa was Executive Director of the Community Perinatal Network and a skilled neonatal nurse.

In honor of Lisa's legacy, the D. Lisa Bollman NICU Transport QI Award is granted to a(n) Neonatologist, Registered Nurse (RN), advanced practice nurse (NNP, CNS), or NICU transport team (either an individual member or the entire team) who has made significant contributions to neonatal transport through quality improvement within their unit or beyond, or who is an emerging QI leader in the neonatal transport community. The CPQCC nomination committee will review nominees. The final determination will be based on the following three criteria:

  1. Complete documentation
  2. Out the door time
  3. Improved TRIPS scores

Nominations are open from March 1st - January 31st every year. Awards are presented at CPQCC's annual Improvement Palooza event every March. 

Submit a nomination for the Bollman Award

2022 Awardee

Anaheim Regional Medical Center Transport Team