STS National Database News: Intermacs Edition, November/December 2019

November/December 2019

AQO Wrap-Up 
If you weren’t able to attend the recent Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting in New Orleans, you can access various resources from the meeting: photos are available in the Society’s flickr album and presentations, including responses to all Q&As, are accessible on the STS website

You also can view posters, such as the presentation that earned the Dorothy Latham Poster Award: “A Collaborative Approach to Improving Preoperative Beta-Blocker Therapy Compliance on CABG Patients,” by Charina Ballesteros, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, Milagros Masri, PA-C, and Leandro Dimi, RRT, CPFT, from Hackensack, New Jersey.

Congratulations to the recipient of the Sherri Ann Wissman Memorial Excellence Award. Monica Thomas received this award for demonstrating loyalty and dependability, helpfulness to fellow employees and patients, and contribution to the overall quality of life of VAD patients.  

Quick Hits: Data for Q4 Reports and Webinars for New Sites and Staff  

  • Q4 data for Quality Assurance and Data Quality Reports need to be entered by Tuesday, December 31, 2019. If you have any questions, review the FAQs
  • Contact Kathryn Hollifield at to receive webinars that are available for new sites and staff.

Sign Up for Database Mentorship Program
The STS National Database mentorship program will pair experienced data managers with those who are seeking advice related to data abstraction. After filling out questionnaires, potential mentors and mentees will be matched based on Database type, experience in specific areas, and other factors. To apply as either a mentor or mentee, please complete the appropriate form. You will be notified once you have been matched. If you have questions about the program, contact Susan Becker at