Meet the Speakers
Keynote SpeakerBarbara B. Frink, PhD, RN, FAAN
, is vice president and chief nursing information officer for MedStar Health and joined the system in December 2011. She is responsible for strategic and operational nursing leadership in the development, deployment, re-engineering, optimization and integration of clinical information systems to support clinicians and patient care, including leading nursing in the adoption of technology-enabled process change that maximizes patient safety, quality of care and operational efficiency. Key relationships include working in close partnership with colleagues and MedStar Health leadership and the organizational roles of chief information officer, chief nursing officer, chief medical officer, and chief medical information officer to ensure clinical multidisciplinary leadership of all clinical IT projects and maintenance of clinical IT systems. Frink is a lecturer and associate faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and formerly at the University of Pennsylvania School
Nancy Crego, PhD, RN
is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Duke University. Her program of research focuses on quality and patient safety in particular the influence of different types of sedation providers on adverse events during pediatric sedation. Her research also examines the current state of nursing sedation regulation in the United States and provides evidence to support changes in current regulatory practices. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has recognized her work; awarding her the 2013 Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award. She is most recently the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Research Award from the Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.
She teaches in the undergraduate pediatric nursing course and lectures on topics including leadership, quality and transition to professional practice. She uses high fidelity simulation, multi-patient simulations and video to improve nursing student performance in acute care, leadership skills and critical thinking. Dr. Crego’s areas of clinical practice include psychiatric nursing, adult trauma, adult critical care, pediatric intensive care, pediatric critical care transport and pediatric cardiac intensive care; she is a certified pediatric critical care nurse. Her areas of interest include nursing education and competence, pediatric sedation, patient safety, health services research, quality, leadership, health policy and systems engineering. She has held several nursing leadership roles including: clinical nurse specialist and nurse manager. Education
- Ph.D., University of Virginia, Nursing, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- MSN, Barry University, Nursing Administration, School of Nursing
- BSN, Barry University, School of Nursing
Craig Futterman, MD
is a pediatric Cardiac Intensivist working in both the Cardiac ICU and the Pediatric ICU here at Children's National. He has been practicing pediatric critical care for 28 years. He is also an expert in Information Technology and has spearheaded the effort to develop the quality dashboards. Dr Futterman’s special interests include using technology and the concept of big data to improve the outcomes of critically ill children and to develop predictive technology to warn the providers of a critical event before it happens.
Krista Cato, MHA, BSN, RN
, Clinical Program Coordinator, is an experienced pediatric critical care nurse leader with over ten years of experience in clinical care, program management, and nursing leadership. Krista holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration. In her leadership role at Children’s National Health System, Krista has provided strategic direction for a unit with upwards of 160 staff members. Most recently, Krista has served in a critical role as nurse manager for Children’s National organizational Ebola Response team.
In her current role as Clinical Program Manager, Krista work’s collaboratively across all disciplines to provide expertise, instruct, and direct preparedness efforts in areas such as infectious disease management, emergency response, global/public health to help advance pertinent issues in child health locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Krista has served, as a nurse lead in the development and sustainability of health outreach programs; most significantly the Pediatric Heart program in Kampala, Uganda. Krista is also an accomplished public speaker and a published author. Her clinical research interests include: Quality Improvement, Global Health Nursing, Development of Sustainable Programs, Emerging Infectious Disease, Nurses role in Emergency Response and Humanitarian Relief, and building resilience.