The coordinating team provides support for I-MPACT members by sharing best practices with our participants. We will offer training and tools to assist in improving patient outcomes. In addition, we will convene regular meetings to provide an opportunity for collaboration among all participants and guide quality improvement efforts.
Grace Jenq, MD
Grace Y. Jenq, M.D. recently joined the University of Michigan Geriatrics faculty as Clinical Associate Professor. Prior to joining U-M, she was a faculty member in the Yale School of Medicine Section of Geriatrics and Clinical Epidemiology. She graduated from Yale University in 1993 and completed her medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She continued at University of Alabama at Birmingham for her Internal Medicine Residency Program and then served as a Chief Medical Resident for the program. Dr. Jenq completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology in 2004.
From 2005-2016, Dr. Jenq served as the Medical Director of Inpatient Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2012, she was promoted to Associate Chair of Medicine for Safety and Quality. In this role, she developed an infrastructure for the hospital and School of Medicine to simultaneously improve operational strategies, develop educational initiatives, enhance the patient experience, and study ongoing work in safety and quality. From 2012-2014, she led a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) community-based award to reduce readmissions among frail elderly patients in the community. The patient-tailored care transitions interventions successfully reduced readmissions to the hospital.
She is thrilled to join the IMPACT team and help hospitals and physician organizations across Michigan work on collaborative strategies to help elderly patients transition home and develop community networks to keep persons as independent as possible in the community.
David Bozaan, MD
Dave is a practicing hospitalist and part of the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School. He graduated with a degree in medicine from Wayne State University prior to completing his residency in internal medicine at Michigan State University. After residency, Dave remained in western Michigan for 5 years working as a hospitalist and serving as medical director while participating in several leadership and quality improvement committees. He is a fellow in the Society of Hospital Medicine and very interested in quality improvement. His passion is focusing on closing the gap between medical knowledge and the way medical care is delivered.
Lakshmi Halasyamani, MD
Lakshmi has practiced hospital medicine and internal medicine for over 15 years and has held a range of health system and medical group leadership roles. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine (primary care) at Brigham and Wormen's Hospital. She later went on to complete her training as a Six Sigma black belt.
Lakshmi has worked extensively in quality and patient safety and has presented her work locally and nationally. She was the first program director for I-MPACT and helped to build the collaboration with the Masters in Design in Integrative Design program at the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. Lakshmi is very passionate about including patients and families in the care improvement process and in exploring new ways to ensure that health care delivery reflects patient/family/caregiver priorities.
Pam James, MS
Before joining I-MPACT as the Program Manager in December 2015, Pam was a Director in the Central Protocol and Data Monitoring Office at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. There she oversaw the multiple functions of the office that worked to support clinical research activities for several disease specific programs. Other roles Pam has held include working at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer center, first as a study coordinator, and then as an Administrative Manager of a large team supporting oncology studies. Pam also has experience as a research assistant in health outcomes research and various positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Pam is a SoCRA certified clinical research professional with over 15 years of experience in clinical and health outcomes research. She holds both a B.S in Psychology and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University.
Karly Hendee, MSN, RN
Prior to joining I-MPACT, Karly has been a nurse since 2007. Her nursing background includes experience in general medicine, pulmonary, cardiovascular surgery/telemetry at Michigan Medicine. Has been a Clinical Instructor for University of Michigan School of Nursing Undergrad program. She received a BSN at Eastern Michigan University and her Masters in Nursing Business and Health System (with concentration in quality and patient safety) from University of Michigan.
Beth Jones, MS
Beth has a MS in Quality Management and is an Advisory board member for the MSQM program at Eastern Michigan University. At I-MPACT she works on contract management, Patient Reported Outcomes, website management, event management and other special projects. Beth has worked for the University of Michigan since 2011. Before joining I-MPACT, Beth worked for the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research at the University. Prior to the University of Michigan she worked with several non-profit organizations in roles including foundation director, association manager, development officer and event planner.
Cathy Kinzel is an administrative assistant for I-MPACT. A native Michigander and a University of Michigan alum, she has lived in several cities, including New York City and San Francisco (Alameda), where she worked in corporate and law offices in administrative support roles. She also worked two seasons as a Rink Attendant at the Rink at Rockefeller Center! She has worked for Michigan Medicine for the past 3½ years, and is honored to be a part of the I-MPACT team.
Nkiru Okammor, MS, RN
Prior to joining I-MPACT, Nkiru has been a nurse since 2003. Her nursing background includes experience in general medicine, pulmonary, telemetry and worked as a nurse educator. Her nursing experience has involved working in a nursing home, home care and in-patient setting. She received two associate degrees in Nursing and Science from Medgar Evers College, NY; Bachelor in Nursing from SUNY Downstate, NY and her Masters in Nursing Business and Health System (with concentration in quality and patient safety) from University of Michigan.
Ganga Vijayasiri, PhD
Ganga received her LL.B. from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and her PhD (Sociology) from University of Illinois, Chicago. Her graduate concentrations included Work Organizations & Inequality and Statistics. Since 2010, as a Senior Research Specialist at UIC, Ganga has been involved in NIH-funded studies looking at the influence of health policy and social factors on the cancer care continuum. At UIC, in her role as statistician and co-author she contributed to several published manuscripts on cancer. Ganga joined IMPACT in September 2018. She is delighted to join the amazing CC team and is eager to use her skills and experience to advance IMPACT’s mission.