Vanessa Martinez provides a podcast commentary on Health Services Research - Implementation Project: Barriers and facilitators for implementation of a patient prioritization tool in two specialized rehabilitation programs.
Vanessa is currently the Regional Director for Virtual Nursing Care programs at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. She is responsible for the region-wide direction, planning, and coordination practices of the virtual nursing programs of Advance Alert Monitor and eHospital. An experienced Director of Adult Patient Care Services, Vanessa has a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry that spans 26 years. She is a knowledgeable healthcare professional with extensive inpatient clinical experience in intensive care, telemetry, medical-surgical, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and ambulatory care nursing. As a Caritas Coach and Care Experience Leader awardee, Vanessa has proven to manage and motivate staff for optimal performance with a strong commitment to exceptional patient-centered care.
Vanessa is a Patient Care Improvement System Advisor and TeamSTEPPS master trainer. She can analyze existing processes to identify recommendations for improvement with demonstrated success in implementing initiatives that enhance efficiency and improve patient outcomes. She integrated Lean principles and practices for improved productivity, quality, cost control, and timely delivery of patient care with the successful development of Congestive Heart Failure Pathway standard work for each service line. They were able to reduce the length of stay from 4.8 days down to 1.66 days adopted in East Bay. Vanessa’s team reduced readmissions by 30% with the successful implementation of Bridge Clinic discharge follow-up appointments.
Through her work, she was the Extraordinary Nurse recipient: KFH Emerging Leader award for her outstanding nursing profession contributions. She was a podium speaker and poster presenter on several symposiums for the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), National Quality Conference, National Leadership Conference, International Caritas Consortiums, and New Grad Nursing Programs.
Vanessa is a Kaiser Nurse Scholar and earned her Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice focused in Executive leadership from Loyola University New Orleans and a dual master’s degree focused in Nursing and Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix. Vanessa has a passion for event planning, interior decoration, and photography. She enjoys outdoor activities and shares the same interests with her supportive husband and loving son.