As executive director of TeleHealth at OSF HealthCare, Jennifer Hopwood, RN, NE-BC has coordinated multiple efforts to standardize care, policies and procedures across the healthcare system, transforming the way care is delivered to patients. She is in charge of implementing an innovative telemedicine initiative while reducing costs and improving patient safety and quality within the critical care setting.
Hopwood was responsible for implementing the Electronic Intensive Care Unit (eICU) in nine ICUs across five hospitals in the OSF Healthcare System, an initiative that resulted in a 20-percent decline in length of stay and 13-percent decline in risk-adjusted mortality. She is also working with pharmacy leaders to provide 24-hour pharmacy coverage by remote order verification to facilities without a pharmacist on staff at night.
Outside of her career at OSF, Hopwood also demonstrates passion in her volunteerism. She is a member of the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Generation United, serving on the GEN U Mad Dash Committee and helping to support the United Way’s annual fundraiser, raising more than $34,000 for community agencies in the region. She recently became a Bradley Braves Club board member and has supported organizations such as OSF Adopt-A-Family, the Dress for Success program at Peoria Friendship House, the Arthritis Foundation, Head Start, Children’s Hospital of Illinois and PACE (Peoria Area Community Events).
Hopwood is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and was nominated for Leader of the Year at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in 2011. She is also a requested speaker at national conferences on topics such as standardization of ICU care, palliative care in ICU patients and ePharmacy opportunities.
A 6 Sigma Green Belt, Hopwood recently completed her Master of Science in Nursing Systems Administration at Illinois State University. In addition, she was selected by OSF HealthCare executives to be in the first cohort of its new Ministry Formation Leadership program. iBi