April Taylor, MS, MHA, CPPS, CPHQ

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Course Director: HQS6030: Evaluating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Programs

Description of Expertise

April M. Taylor, MS, MHA, FACHE, CMQ/OE, CLSSBB, CPPS, CPHQ is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, a 1,100-bed academic medical center with more than 11,000 staff members, since June 2023. As COO, April works closely with physician and administrative leaders to drive operational excellence, helping to ensure that patient care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital is safe, accessible and of the highest quality.

April joined JHH as vice president of quality in November 2020 from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she spent 14 years in positions of increasing responsibility, including as senior director of performance improvement and project management and director of quality and patient safety. 

Selected Publications

Natarajan SS, Stagg A, Taylor A, et al. Standardization of the Perioperative Management for Neonates Undergoing the Norwood Operation for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Related Heart Defects. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, July 2020.

Kaushal T, Lord K, Olsen R, Mehta S, Clark S, Laskin B, Traynor D, Taylor, A et al. Improving Disposition Decision-Making for Pediatric Diabetic Ketoacidosis: A Quality Improvement Study. Pediatric Quality & Safety, Vol 5, Issue 2, p.e260. March/April 2020.

Marchese R, Taylor A, Voorhis C, Wall J, Szydlowski E, and Shaw K. A Framework for Quality Assurance of Pediatric Revisits to the Emergency Department. Pediatric Emergency Care. February 2020.

Myers JS, Lane-Fall M, Humphrey K, Sato L Shaw KS, Taylor A, Tess AV. Demonstrating the Value of Post-Graduate Fellowships for Physicians in Quality & Safety. BMJ Qual Saf. January 2020.

Siddique SM, Porges S, Lane-Fall M, Mehta SJ, Schweickert W, Kinniry J, Taylor A, et al. Reducing Hospital Admissions for Paracentesis: A Quality Improvement Intervention. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Vol 17, Issue 13, Pages 2630-2633. December 2019.

Bayer N, Taylor A, Atabek, Z, Santolaya J, Bamat T, Washington N. Should We Call You Mom and Dad? Caregiver Preferences and Pediatric Physician and Nurse Manner in Greetings. Hospital Pediatrics. Vol 9, Issue 12, Pages 989-992. November 2019.

Mittal S, Marlowe L, Blakeslee S, Zieniuk G, Doshi S, Gray BJ, Bowen M, Oleaga L, Carbone K, Aumaier BL, Taylor A. Successful use of quality improvement methodology to reduce inpatient length of stay in bronchiolitis through judicious use of intermittent pulse oximetry. Hospital Pediatrics. Vol 9, Issue 2, Pages 73-78. February 2019.

Wood SM, McGeary A, Wilson M, Taylor A, Aumaier B, Petsis D, Campbell K. Effectiveness of a Quality Improvement Intervention to Improve Rates of Routine Chlamydia Trachomatis Screening in Female Adolescents Seeking Primary Preventive Care. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Vol 32, Issue 1, Pages 32-38. February 2019.

Lengetti E, Kronk R, Ulmer K, Wilf K, Murphy D, Rosanelli M, Taylor A. An innovative approach to educating nurses to clinical competence: A randomized controlled trial. Nurse Education Practice. Vol 33, Pages 159-163, November 2018.

Webster J, Shaw K, Shea J, Taylor A, Verma R.  Understanding the Variation in Use of Screening DXA Scans in Pediatric Patients with Celiac Disease.  International Journal of Celiac Disease. Vol. 5, No. 4, Pages 155-158, November 2017.

Heneghan M, Hart J, Dewan M, Wu K, Hope K, Taylor A et al. No Cause for Alarm: Decreasing Inappropriate Pulse Oximetry Use in Bronchiolitics. Hospital Pediatrics. Vol 8, Issue 2, Pages 109-111. January 2018.

Shaw K, Tanzer L, Keren R, Taylor A, et al. Part 4 Maintenance of Certification: From Trial to Tribute. The Journal of Pediatrics.  Volume 185, Pages 4-5.e1, June 2017.

Lavelle J, Blackstone M, Funari M, Roper C, Lopez P, Schast A, Taylor A, Voorhis C, Henien M, Shaw K. Two-Step Process for ED UTI Screening in Febrile Young Children:  Reducing Catheterization Rates. Pediatrics. Volume 138, Issue 1, e20153023, June 2016.

Clark S, Taylor A, Shaw K and Copelovitch L. Making Every Drop Count for Pediatric Kidney Transplant Patients. Hospital Pediatrics. Vol 5, Issue 5, Pages 287-289, May 2015.

Taylor A, Lizzi M, Marx A, et al. Implementing a Care Coordination Program for Children with Special Healthcare Needs: Partnering with Families and Providers. Journal for Healthcare Quality. Vol 35, Issue 5, Pages 70-77, September/October 2013.

Taylor A, Chuo J, Altmann A, et al. Using Four-Phased Unit-Based Patient Safety Walkrounds to Uncover Correctable System Flaws. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Vol 39, Issue 9, Pages 396-403, September 2013.

Marx A, Shaw K, Taylor A, et al. Department of Pediatrics Chair’s Initiatives: Promoting Innovation and Improvement through Collaboration, Accountability, and Faculty Development. The Journal of Pediatrics. Vol 161, Pages 377-378.e1, September 2012.