Since 2012, Kathy Madlem, BSN, RN, has been the Sepsis Quality Improvement Coordinator at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose, CA, a 731 bed hospital and centerpiece of the County of Santa Clara Health System.
She had 13 years of critical care experience prior to being the first to hold this position at SCVMC. Kathy took over program development and is responsible for educating staff, creating the EHR sepsis tools and reports, the hospital policy and nurse-driven protocol, performing CMS Sep-1 chart abstractions and reporting, collection and dissemination of performance data, leading the unit-based RN sepsis champions, and organizing an annual sepsis conference in San Jose during Sepsis Awareness Month.
Kathy led the effort for SCVMC to become a TJC Sepsis Certified Center and it was achieved in September, 2018. Kathy is a member of the Santa Clara County Sepsis Collaborative, a network of sepsis program leaders from hospitals located in Santa Clara County. They work together to provide residents of the community the best evidence-based care by sharing program development ideas and data, and teaching sepsis awareness to the public, EMS providers, and SNF/acute rehab centers.