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Ten Point Nine QI Team

The Ten Point Nine QI Team Award honors a NICU team that has made significant contributions to quality improvement within their unit. Roughly 50% of CPQCC NICUs have an average daily census (ADC) of less than 11. CPQCC's Ten Point Nine Workgroup was formed in 2020 to support these NICUs and their unique challenges. The winner of the Ten Point Nine QI Team Award will receive a plaque to commemorate receiving this honor and a scholarship to attend CPQCC's Improvement Palooza. 

Some characteristics to consider when nominating a NICU QI team for the Ten Point Nine QI Team Award include:

  • CPQCC NICU with an ADC of less than 11 in the past year
  •  NICU QI team has contributed significantly to their unit’s improvement efforts
  • NICU has made tangible changes to processes with a demonstrable impact
  • There is no need for the QI work to be previously published or presented; CPQCC will provide a platform for the team to share its work


Submit a nomination for the Ten Point Nine QI Team Award  Award

2023 Awardee:

Rady Children's Rancho Springs NICU Team
Under the leadership of Drs. Song and Weiss; accepting the award on behalf of the team are Kathy Weiss, MD, Neonatologist and Dawn Hesson, MSN, RN, CPN, CCRN, NE-BC, Rancho Springs Nursing Supervisor

• Active participant in CPQCC QI collaboratives and workgroups and leads improvement efforts across the UCSD and Rady network
• Focus on quality improvement efforts across a variety of clinical topics including golden hour, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), and antibiotic stewardship
• Created new NAS guidelines and added nonpharmacologic measures
• Created a new early-onset sepsis guideline with new recommendations of limited antibiotic duration and improvement in blood culture technique
• Created a new guideline in conjunction with our newborn service to align our hypoglycemia practices with the AAP recommendations and regional NICU practices