Northern California Shriners Hospital Focused on Innovation in Pediatric Care

Clinicians from four noted children’s hospitals are meeting at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California February 14 – 16 as part of the 2017 Clinical Innovation Catalyst Program organized by the Institute of Pediatric Innovation (IPI).

The IPI is a national consortium dedicated to improving pediatric health care by bringing together key partners that include:

  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, CA
  • Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH
  • Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX

Through its 2017 catalyst program, the IPI brings together clinicians from each of these noted hospitals to work collaboratively to reduce risk in children whose healing relies on the use of breathing tubes. Specifically, the team is tasked with finding ways to prevent unplanned extubations — instances when the breathing tube from becoming dislodged before clinicians intend to remove it.

Erek Erekson, a respiratory therapist, and Kelsey James, a surgical nurse, are representing Shriners Hospitals for Children in the 2017 catalyst program.

“The work advanced through the Institute of Pediatric Innovation meshes seamlessly with our hospital mission of ensuring that children benefit from exceptional care, research and innovation,” said Margaret Bryan, hospital administrator and CEO. “The IPI provides a platform that promotes discovery, innovation and positive outcomes. We are inspired by the opportunity to initiate advancements in pediatric care that will benefit children near and far,” she added.

The meeting at Shriners Hospital includes lunchtime presentations by plastic surgeon Pirko Maguina, M.D., and innovation advocate Christine Folck from VSP Global.  Workshop facilitator is Jeff Hovis of the IPI.  A special brainstorming session includes Ingrid Parry, physical therapist,  Olivia Arredondo, R.N., and Sarah Trowbridge,  who represented Shriners Hospital in the 2016 program.

The 2016 Clinical Innovation Catalyst Program focused on reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections.  Participants worked collaboratively to develop a novel alcohol wipe that indicates when entry to the central line has been adequately disinfected, thus preventing risk of infection by eliminating guesswork from the sanitation process.  The IPI now is working to turn the innovative idea into a reality by bringing the alcohol wipes conceived through the catalyst program to market.

For more information on the Institute for Pediatric Innovation and the Clinical Innovation Catalyst Program, please visit

Pictured from left to right in the photo above: Dr. Pirko Maguina, Kelsey James, Sarah Trowbridge and  Erek Erekson represented Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California at the meeting in Sacramento of the 2017 Clinical Innovation Catalyst Program organized by the Institute of Pediatric Innovation.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |

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