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Teresa Cranston and Joseph Kontra
Sepsis Coordinator Teresa Cranston with Joseph Kontra, M.D., Division Chief, Infectious Diseases.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health recently launched a new role focused on coordination of care for patients with sepsis. The new Sepsis Coordinator is the first position in Penn Medicine that will focus on leveraging technology and educating providers about evidence-based practices that eliminate variation in the care of sepsis across the continuum.

“This new position will ensure that patients with a diagnosis of sepsis will receive consistent care and necessary education to improve patient outcomes across the continuum, which includes inpatient, ambulatory and community care programs,” said Mary Papadoplos, Director, Medicine Service Line.

Sepsis Coordinator Teresa Cranston is not new to LG Health. 

“I have served in many positions throughout the health system over the last 18 years. These experiences have provided great insight needed for this position, and I look forward to impacting the quality of patient care and interacting with colleagues throughout the system,” Cranston said.

Educating staff, patients and their caregivers is key to preventing diseases like sepsis. Cranston explained the importance of educating the community to assist in early recognition. 

The Sepsis Alliance uses the acronym TIME: Temperature – higher or lower than normal; Infection – may have signs or symptoms of infection; Mental decline – confusion, sleepy, difficult to rouse; Extremely ill – severe pain or discomfort. Anyone with these signs should seek medical attention.

“The health system is committed to continuous quality improvement, as seen in programs like Lean management and the Sepsis Alliance. Implementing the sepsis coordinator position is the next step to ensure that we are not only providing excellent patient care but also combating sepsis before it arises,” Papadoplos said.

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