IHC HEN Hospital Acquired Conditions Learning Community
June 6, 2012
Katie Cinnamon is a clinical pharmacist at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport. She
graduated from North Dakota State University with a pharmacy doctorate and completed a one-
year post-graduate pharmacy residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fargo, ND.
During her residency, she gained experience in several different areas, including extensive
training on anticoagulation dosing and monitoring. In 2009, she was hired by Genesis as a
clinical pharmacist to help improve anticoagulation education, dosing and monitoring in
compliance with The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals.
Ryan Dull is assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Creighton University and clinical
pharmacy specialist at Alegent Health in Omaha. He received a bachelor’s degree in
biochemistry from the University of Nebraska and his doctorate in pharmacy degree from
Creighton. He completed a pharmacy practice residency at Brigham and Women’s hospital in
Tom Evans, MD, is president and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. He practiced
family medicine for 13 years and served as chief medical officer for the Iowa Health System.
Dr. Evans has served on the board for the National Patient Safety Foundation and on the
delegations for both the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family
Physicians. He has served as president of both the Iowa Medical Society and the Iowa Academy
of Family Physicians. Dr. Evans currently serves on the board of the Network for Regional
Health Initiatives, is the chair of Iowa’s Medical Home System Advisory Council and works
with the National Quality Forum’s Measures Application Partnership. Dr. Evans is a faculty
member with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the College of Medicine at Des Moines
University and the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.
Melanie Hermann received her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska
Medical Center as a Women’s Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is board certified as a
clinical nurse specialist and has her certification in Inpatient Obstetrics. As the perinatal clinical
nurse specialist for Iowa Health Des Moines she works between the campuses of Iowa
Methodist, Iowa Lutheran and Methodist West Hospitals.
Stephen Hunter, MD, PhD, is a professor and director of the Division of Maternal Fetal
Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is also the associate director of the
Iowa Statewide Perinatal Care Program at the Iowa Department of Public Health. Dr. Hunter
received his bachelor’s, doctorate and medical degrees from the University of Utah.
Meg Nugent, RN, MHA is director of clinical strategies at IHC. She oversees IHC clinical
initiatives including: HAI, patient safety, cardiovascular and stroke and is a project team lead for
the IHC Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network. Nugent received her bachelor’s
degree in nursing from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in healthcare administration
from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. Nugent has extensive clinical
experience in the areas of critical care and cardiovascular nursing.
Kyle Skiermont is the director of specialty and infusion operations for Fairview Pharmacy
Services in Minneapolis. He received his doctorate in pharmacy from the University of
Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy. As operations director, Skiermont is responsible
for strategic decision making and day-to-day functions in Fairview Specialty Pharmacy's
specialty pharmacy, mail order, long-term care, home infusion and community infusion business
Stephanie Trusty is a maternal health consultant for the Bureau of Family Heath at the Iowa
Department of Public Health. Her major responsibilities include management of women’s and
perinatal health programs. Prior to that, Trusty was a clinical nurse educator for obstetrical
services at Iowa Health-Des Moines. She received a bachelor’s degree from Grand View
University in Des Moines.
Chyann Vroegh is the birthing center director at Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa. In
this role she divides her nursing talents dedicating half of her working hours to her leadership
commitments as director and the other half working shifts on the floor – the best of both worlds.
Vroegh received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.
Angela Ward is the quality and ancillary services executive at Alegent Health in Omaha. Her
responsibilities include quality management services, system pharmacy services, risk
management, social work, care management and infection control. Ward has been with Alegent
Health since 1999. Prior to that she was employed in both operations and direct clinical care at
Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME. Ward graduated from the University of North
Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and from Husson University in Bangor with a
master’s degree in business.