Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California Joins Institute for Pediatric Innovation

Hospital Committed to Advancing Care Through Collaboration

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In keeping with its commitment to advance pediatric care through
technology and innovation, Shriners
Hospitals for Children — Northern California
has joined the
Institute for Pediatric Innovation (IPI), a national consortium
dedicated to improving pediatric healthcare by bringing together key

The Northern California Shriners Hospital is one of four well-respected
children’s hospitals in the United States invited to participate in the
consortium. Other members of the IPI Pediatric Hospital Consortium

  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, CA;
  • Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH; and
  • Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX

These three pediatric centers pioneered a clinical innovation catalyst
program last year. The group focused on innovations related to the care
of pressure ulcers, and began to scout for other innovative hospitals to
join. The Northern California Shriners Hospital was invited to
participate in a project to assess pressure mapping alternatives with
the original three IPI member hospitals. As IPI and Shriners Hospital
leadership learned more about each other, it became clear that the
commitment to quality and innovation at the Northern California Shriners
Hospital made it a great match with the other leading centers.

Shriners Hospital will host the first two-day workshop for consortium
members on January 13 and 14 to kick off the 2016 clinical innovation
catalyst program, a five-month professional development opportunity for
frontline clinicians and allied health professionals. Shriners Hospital
participants include Ingrid Parry, P.T., Olivia Arredondo, R.N., and
Sarah Trowbridge, CPHQ. The Shriners Hospital team will work with
clinicians from other participating hospitals to identify and develop
infrastructure within each hospital that can support future clinical
innovations to reduce the incidence of Central Line-Associated
Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI). All consortium participants will attend
four two-day workshops that include guest speakers and discussion.

Three noted doctors recognized for their innovative approaches to care
are presenting at the January workshop:

  • Tina
    Palmieri, M.D
    ., Assistant Chief of Burns, Shriners Hospitals for
    Children — Northern California;
  • Shinjiro
    Hirose, M.D
    ., Director of Pediatric Surgery, Shriners Hospitals
    for Children — Northern California;
  • Nam
    Tran, Ph.D
    ., Associate Director, Point-of Care Testing Center for
    Teaching and Research, Department of Pathology and Laboratory
    Medicine, University of California, Davis.

“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,” says Margaret Bryan,
administrator and CEO at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. “We
are living and working in a new collaborative era of medicine, and the
IPI provides a platform that promotes discovery, innovation and positive

“I am inspired by the opportunity to initiate advancements in pediatric
care that will benefit children near and far,” Bryan adds.

IPI’s CEO Don Lombardi added, “We are pleased to welcome Shriners of
Northern California to our Consortium. Shriners’ management and clinical
leadership has demonstrated adroitness and commitment to innovation, and
the team is already making significant contributions to a Consortium
that has been learning to work together for more than eight years. We
are excited to hold our first ever professional education workshop for
nurses here at Shriners.”

About Shriners Hospitals for Children

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 or go online to


Shriners Hospitals for Children
Catherine Curran, 916-453-2218