WICHITA – Wesley Healthcare has named Sandy Schremmer its new vice president of Quality and Infection Prevention.
“Patient safety is Wesley Healthcare’s number one priority,” Schremmer said. “And I’m honored to be leading the system’s efforts to continually improve the quality of patient care and reduce the risk of infections for patients.”
Reporting to the chief medical officer, the vice president of Quality is responsible for overseeing all aspects of patient safety and infection prevention and control, including preparation for all regulatory surveys and follow-up action plans as relating to JCACHO, CMS, AHCA and the Kansas department of health and environment. Schremmer will serve as the technical advisor, educator and internal consultant to all hospital management staff and physicians on the use of performance improvement tools and techniques, analytical techniques and statistical applications.
“Sandy previously worked for Wesley as an RN many years ago and was always a person to go to for quality care and safety for our patients,” said Francie Ekengren, MD, Wesley Healthcare chief medical officer. “Those are the exact characteristics for success in this position and we are excited to have her back on the Wesley Healthcare team.”
Schremmer began her nursing career at Wesley as a nurse tech in Wesley’s Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), later worked in Wesley’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), and served as a manager of Wesley’s Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU) and Pre-Op clinic. Schremmer than joined Via Christi hospitals serving in a variety of clinical roles from a manager of the medical-surgical and intensive care unit to director of patient safety and quality. She most recently served as a senior consultant and clinical performance partner at Premier, a healthcare management-consulting firm.
“I am thrilled to be back working with the Wesley team again,” Schremmer said. “It’s an amazing opportunity to be part of a first-class health system with its constant efforts to push the benchmark higher and higher in quality care and service.”
Schremmer graduated from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, with an associate’s degree in nursing and received a bachelor of science in health information management from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She earned her master’s of business degree in health care leadership from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Schremmer is certified in professional health care quality and is a Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt.
For more information about Wesley Healthcare and its services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.
Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute-care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 5,800 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER, Wesley Derby ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER and Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.