Think Sepsis, Treat Sepsis, Save Lives: A Peek inside Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Sepsis Program

March 16, 2023 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM PT

Your sepsis “program is perfectly designed to get the results it gets” (Batalden, n.d.). Let that sink in for a moment, and then ask yourself, “Is my organization getting the results our patients deserve?” If you are like the sepsis leaders at Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California, the answer is “No. We will not stop learning and growing until we achieve our goal of helping people to live their fullest lives.”

During this presentation, Dr. Russell, Denise and Michael will present the foundation of the regional sepsis program and the recent changes. They will discuss the nuances of designing a technology-enabled sepsis pathway and how it impacts sepsis bundle performance.


Presentation topics include:

  • Provoke critical thinking about sepsis program design and outcomes.
  • Gain insight into the design process of a regional sepsis clinical decision support system.

Thursday, March 16, 2023: 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. (PT)

Thomas Russell, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Kaiser Permanente Roseville and Sacramento Medical Centers

Dr. Russell has over 22 years with each facility, seeing approximately 120,000 patients per year. He has work in sepsis over the last 14+ years includes emergency department sepsis champion, sepsis director at Kaiser Roseville/Sacramento medical facilities and sepsis clinical lead for Norther California Kaiser Permanente where he leads sepsis work at 21 medical centers since 2017. He was a lead physician for the Joint Commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare on their Sepsis Mortality Reduction initiative 2012-2014. Over the last decade, Dr. Russell has spoken on sepsis many times around the United States as well as participating in various sepsis research topics.

Denise M. Jacobson, MSN, CNS, RN, CCRN-K
Regional Program Manager
Kaiser Permanente Roseville and Sacramento Medical Centers

Denise Jacobson has been an RN for 32 years. Having been a bedside ICU nurse, educator, manager, college instructor, ICU CNS, and now Regional Program Manager, Denise strongly values and advocates for high quality patient care. Denise has been the Regional Sepsis Team Nursing Leader since 2018. She is pursuing her DNP at UCSF.

Michael A. Tijerina, MSN, RN-BC, NPD-BC
Regional Quality Nurse
Kaiser Permanente Roseville and Sacramento Medical Centers

Michael is a regional quality nurse who specializes in sepsis and performance improvement. He is board certified in nursing informatics and nursing professional development. His clinical experience includes emergency medicine, and IV specialty. He has local and enterprise-level leadership experience; including a season as a national informatics nurse specialist consultant. In his current position as Kaiser Permanente’s Regional Sepsis Program Manager, he oversees the daily operation of a 21-medical center sepsis program. As part of his role, he collaborates with physician and nursing partners to design, implement, and maintain pediatric, adult ED, adult inpatient, and maternal sepsis programs. Michael teaches for Samuel Merritte University’s RN-to-BSN program and is a cross-country coach for a local high school.

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.

Please contact CHPSO at info@chpso.org if you have any questions.