Kate McGrath joins SMC as a Business Analyst. She graduated from Quinnipiac University with honors in Psychology, with an Industrial/Organizational concentration and a minor in Management. While in school she was a charter member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and studied abroad in Cork, Ireland. Back on this side of the pond she lives in Washington, CT with her ginger cat, Chip. In her free time Kate enjoys trying new food, making travel plans, and reading. Ask her to sing the alphabet backwards for you!
SMC Partners, LLC teams with Boston Children’s Hospital to release the SafetyMap system to help ensure the safety of employees and patients
The top-rated pediatric hospital in the U.S. has collaborated with SMC Partners to put environmental health and safety in the hands of its staff. The web-based SafetyMap application co-developed by Boston Children’s Hospital and SMC Partners has mobile functionality for employees to identify and address safety issues and health concerns. SafetyMap is a culmination of seven years of Boston Children’s Hospital’s investment in process and system development with the objective of predicting and preventing accidents.
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BOSTON, December 18, 2018 — SMC Partners, LLC (www.smcpartners.com), a consulting and technology company that develops application systems for healthcare and social services providers, and Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), the leading children’s hospital in the United States have co-developed SafetyMap which is now live at BCH. BCH’s Environmental Health & Safety and Digital Health Accelerator teams contributed their best practices and EH&S data management knowledge; SMC developed the system that puts that knowledge in the hands of front line users. In collaboration with BCH, SMC is now offering the system to other hospitals, which are invited to join a group of thought leaders to share best practices and gather data to enhance health and safety processes and results throughout the industry. Solutions for Patient Safety (https://www.solutionsforpatientsafety.org/) is a network of 130+ children’s hospitals and SPS has announced a new program focused on reducing employee injuries, and thereby reducing patient risk.
Nick Kielbania, MS, CSP, CHMM, Boston Children’s Environmental Health & Safety Director, explains, “Most people don’t realize that hospitals are among the most complex environments to keep safe for staff, patients and visitors. Unlike other industry sectors, healthcare contains various degrees of risk. Around the clock operations, construction projects, chemical and fire hazards, employee injuries and regulatory oversight from federal, state and local governmental bodies all contribute to the challenges we face. Every day, thousands of employees and patients come through our doors, presenting significant challenges that need to be addressed. The SafetyMap application suite enables us to eliminate paperwork and manual processes so we can focus our resources on increased field activities. These activities help minimize negative health and safety outcomes and rapidly adopt successful risk mitigation strategies.”
Scott Cleary, SMC’s President and Chief Servant states, “This is a unique opportunity for SMC to impact results in an area of significant concern – and cost – for our hospital clients. BCH has been at the forefront of effective environmental health and safety programs, so it is very special to be partners with such a leader. They provide EH&S subject matter expertise; we build the software to make their vision come to life. We have built the system on a technology platform that can support multiple hospital clients. The vision that we share with BCH is that this platform will enable thought leaders to come together to share the system and data to develop best practices that can help everyone in the industry enhance their EH&S outcomes.”
The SafetyMap application suite provides a comprehensive, web-based platform to mitigate risk and liability – while improving safety and workflow efficiency for employees within healthcare, research and construction environments. The application automates the hospital’s comprehensive health and safety processes so that staff can be freed to address issues instead of processing paper. Using mobile technology enables front line patient care teams to report safety issues as they arise so intervention can occur before accidents happen. The system automates the administration of fire drills on every floor in every building on every shift, manages radiation safety checks in X-Ray departments, enforces construction methods and procedures, and helps ensure that research staff wear protective equipment, have close-by eyewash stations, and handle hazardous bio and chemical materials with care.
The SafetyMap application suite currently supports more than a thousand registered users including architects, contractors, subcontracts, engineers, patient care staff, facilities staff, and the safety teams. It is the system that enables all these users to share the same set of expectations, policies, procedures, assessment criteria, workflow, communication and data collection tools.
Nick Kielbania summarizes, “SafetyMap helps reinforce the critical importance of safety. It’s an everyday thing, and it’s everybody’s job, from leadership to the front lines.”
About SMC Partners, LLC
Helping the Caring: SMC Partners, LLC is an information technology and consulting company serving health providers, health insurers and social services organizations. They design, build and operate administrative and care delivery processes, and information technology applications that help grow their clients’ enterprises. They help improve the quality of their clients’ services, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for their clients’ customers. SMC’s employees enjoy balance in their lives, continuous learning, teamwork and entrepreneurship. This culture nurtures happy, engaged employees who are energized to deliver great things for their clients.
About Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital (http://www.childrenshospital.org/), the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center. Its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. Today, more than 3,000 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine and 11 Howard Hughes Medical Investigators comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s is now a 415-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on social media @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.
The Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator is shaping the future of health care and extending Boston Children’s pediatric leadership by building new technologies, collaborating with industry, and deploying a comprehensive digital health platform. They combine data, clinical expertise, and health care technology development experience, with leading worldwide industry partners – including start-ups – to transform health care. They work to surface, support and accelerate Boston Children’s innovations for the purpose of improving pediatric care Until Every Child is Well. See https://accelerator.childrenshospital.org/.
Chris Ulyett joins SMC Partners as a Business Analyst with experience in data analysis and reporting. Most recently, Chris worked as a Business Analyst at Language Services Associates where he created dashboard reporting and forecast analysis for hospitals who regularly communicate with non-English speaking patients.
Chris has a BA in Economics and a BA in Music from Lafayette College. He enjoys teaching, writing, performing, and recording music in his spare time.
Stacy-Ann Walker joins SMC Partners as a Senior Consultant with over 14 years of experience in various industries including healthcare, hospitality and technical software sales. Most recently, Stacy-Ann worked as a Home Health Administrator and Director of Community Outreach Services at Seabury, where she managed long term care health services delivery for seniors in Connecticut. Prior to her work at Seabury, Stacy-Ann worked at Saint Francis Hospital Center for Health Equity and Community Health Services, where she partnered with the management team to improve patient experience, reduce barriers to health care and address the social determinants of health to improve the lives of Hartford residents. Before transitioning to the healthcare industry, Stacy-Ann was a Software Sales Executive.
Stacy-Ann lives in Hartford with her 7 year old daughter, Ashley. Together they like to travel, spend time with family and friends and make YouTube videos. Stacy-Ann is a volunteer and supporter of the American Heart Association and she was recently selected as a spokesperson for the 2019 “Real Women” Go Red For Women campaign.
SMC Partners was recently highlighted on Innovate413.com. Innovate413 is a multi-platform publication investigating and supporting the burgeoning innovation and entrepreneurship scene in western Massachusetts.
SMC Partners: Relationships Before Profit
When SMC Partners decided they wanted to work in Western MA, they didn’t sharpen their pencils and draw up business plans. Co-founder, Scott Cleary says they “decided to just be there and volunteer to help out, do some things in the community. Build trust.”…
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Chrysalis Center held its 3rd Annual “Donation Creation” Contest throughout the month of April. The competition this year involved the participation of 15 groups and a total donation of 2,998 nonperishable items to Freshplace, their wonderful food pantry.
A group at SMC created a soup can and bowl to represent the Empty Bowls event that the Center does each year. We collected money from staff to buy 1162 items to build our sculpture!
A special shout-out goes to the building team for staying into the wee hours of the night to put it all together: Julia, Devan, Kara, Bryan, Mandy, Melissa, Gloria, Kiah, Shay, and Scott. S.!
Kiah McAndrew-Davis joins SMC Partners as a Consultant after working in the public and private sector of healthcare. Most recently, she was Program Director for a Centers for Disease Control initiative in Western MA, where she facilitated e-referral build between clinical and community sites, allowing providers to directly refer patients to additional community resources and increasing engagement of non-physician team members (nurses, pharmacists, community health workers) in the chronic disease management referral process. Prior to the CDC, Kiah was the Program Design Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where she partnered with information technology, client services, operations, and marketing to assess and prioritize product needs in the market, and managed the product lifecycle for all Prevention and Wellness products available to over 1.5 million members. Kiah started her career at BCBSMA as a Wellness Consultant, where she planned, implemented, and evaluated population health programs for over 100 accounts.
Kiah holds an MS from Springfield College and a BA from Wesleyan University, and has been transplanted in New England from North Carolina since ’06. You can find her tinkering around her “new” 1920’s home in Easthampton, MA or on the basketball court with her husband.
Charlotte Briggs joins SMC as a Senior Consultant after 15 years of leading large scale program implementation and change initiatives in higher education, including a course redesign and iPad initiative at Bay Path University, a transformational restructuring of the dental program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and creation of a community college teaching and learning graduate certificate program at Loyola University Chicago. Her move to SMC reflects her long term interests in technology and public health, and never ending curiosity about what other people do and how she can help them do it better. In her spare time, Charlotte likes to garden, cook and hike, and admits to having a small side hustle running her own tamale stand in Easthampton, MA.
The Bronx Health & Housing Consortium is a collaborative network of health, housing, social service and government agencies with the shared goal of streamlining client access to quality health care and housing in the Bronx.
There are nearly 70 nonprofits and government agencies actively participating in the Consortium. The range of services provided by these groups includes housing, community based health care, social services, behavioral health, harm reduction, and case management to name but a few. There are five government offices regularly represented at Consortium meetings and events. These government officials have been committed to supporting the Consortium’s efforts to formally organize, disseminate information, and advocate for services.
“Our culture is a culture of trust and respect for the individual and a safe environment where people are encouraged to ask any question they want to ask,” states Scott Cleary, our President and Chief Servant. Scott was recently honored as the Top Leader for small employers, by The Hartford Courant.