Dr. Andrii Sergiienko can't wait to integrate new practices in Ukraine that he learned at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg on Monday.
Sergiienko hopes to encourage continuous improvements and safety protocols at the Eye Microsurgery Center in Kiev, where he is an ophthalmologist performing 1,000 surgeries annually.
"It's very great that all workers ... can write about problems and decide solutions," said Sergiienko, who is also a professor. "The system of safety (at Westmoreland Hospital) is very good."
Sergiienko, who will graduate next month, and about a dozen other students working on their master of business administration degrees in health care management at International Management Institute- Kiev are finishing up a two-week hospital and health care facility tour in the Pittsburgh area.
The students visited Westmoreland Hospital's critical care unit and the food and nutrition area on Monday and learned about safety initiatives with the aid of an interpreter. Most members of the group are employed in Ukraine's private health-care industry.
The trip was made possible with the assistance of Carnegie Mellon University. The Ukrainian students have asked many questions and taken lots of pictures, said Christine Cato, associate director of executive education in CMU's business school.
"They've been very engaged and interested in the places that we've been," Cato said.
Kathy Radocaj, nurse manager of the critical care unit, showed the group medical supplies and how patients are cordoned off from each other by curtains. …