New Nurse Manager, Joint Care Coordinator Lead Joint Solutions Center at DeKalb Medical
October 10, 2013
New leadership in DeKalb Medical’s Joint Solutions Center is already guiding one of the hospital’s most unique patient-centered care programs while maintaining its high marks for service excellence. Kimberly Bryant, RN, MSN, MBA, HCM, takes responsibilities of Nurse Manager, a position that advances patient care by promoting and implementing excellence in nursing practice, education and research. Sheryl Durr, RN, MSN, CRRN, CWCN, COCN, DNPc, is the Joint Care Coordinator, an important role in the care process of patients who have joint replacement surgery.
Under Bryant, department nurses continue to ensure patient comfort and safety, and be an integral part of the multidisciplinary team that helps achieve optimum mobility and performance after surgery.
“I want improve patient satisfaction while expanding the department’s care process, and provide education to equip our nurses to care for more joint replacement patients,” Bryant said.
Durr helps patients navigate the entire surgery process, from the day they decide on the procedure until they head home. She collaborates with insurance companies to provide a proper care plan, schedules pre-admission testing and pre-operative classes, collaborates with care management to assess after-surgery needs, coordinates home health and physical therapy, acquires special equipment, and facilitates transportation from the hospital to home or rehabilitation center.
“My goals are to raise the standard of care and to improve patient, staff and physician satisfaction,” Durr said. “I want to help mentor and educate the nursing staff to be future leaders, to ask key questions at the bedside that translates into researchable and best practice care that improves patient outcomes with a patient-family centeredness framework, and to be known as the orthopedic center of excellence in metro-Atlanta.”
As developer of the Georgia Orthopedic Institute at Southern Regional Health System in Riverdale, Ga. – where she also served as its clinical manager – Durr provides invaluable experience to her role at DeKalb Medical. Most recently, she served as Director of Inpatient/Outpatient Wound Care for West Valley Medical Center in Goodyear, Ariz. She is a Doctorate in Nursing Practice candidate (DNPc) and on track to graduate in December 2013.
Before joining DeKalb Medical, Bryant was the Outpatient Nurse Manager of the Chronic Conditions Management program at Kaiser Permanente – Northern California in Oakland. She has managed at several levels of the health care system, including medical-surgical orthopedic and spine units, and intensive care.
About DeKalb Medical
Founded in 1961, DeKalb Regional Health System, Inc., known as DeKalb Medical, is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties across three campuses. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), and DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. The not-for-profit health care system is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013 and Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012. Our Maternity Center was selected as a participant in the Best Fed Beginnings project as part of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Our Cancer Center has been granted three-year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a community hospital comprehensive oncology program, and our Joint Solutions Center is a metro Atlanta leader in joint replacement. In addition, our LTAC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for acquired brain injury, wound care and respiratory failure services. Visit www.dekalbmedical.org.