Earlier this year, Kim Davelaar, RN, BSN transitioned into the Quality Coordinator position at Promise!
She now is part of the Quality and Risk Management team where she leads the quality improvement committee, participates in grants including the AHEAD and CRCS grants, risk management such as HIPAA, event reporting, and she continues to provide Diabetes education with the Population Health team. She helps Promise optimize patient outcomes and continue to provide quality care. Kim shared, “I love thinking through the processes and workflows to ensure we are meeting our patient’s needs. The roles I have held over the years prepared me by getting to know the patients we serve and how to work collaboratively with departments”.
Kim Davelaar began working at Promise Community Health Center in November 2014 as a nurse with the medical and triage teams. At that time, every two providers had only one nurse. Now, each provider has their own nurse and medical assistant. Her role included rooming patients, taking health histories, drawing labs, assisting with in-office procedures, triaging phone calls, and scanning in medical records. Before working at Promise, she had worked as an ICU nurse but she knew she was passionate about providing preventative care and education to reach before they are sick to keep people healthier longer.
During her years at Promise, Kim’s role evolved. While she started as a nurse, she then became the Immunization Coordinator, and then Nurse Health Coach. As the Immunization Coordinator, she ordered vaccines, inventory, staff vaccine training, etc. And as a Nurse Health Coach, she began providing health coaching and education to patients with chronic diseases. The health center saw a need for diabetes education which then became her focus.
I’m proud, excited, and thankful to work at Promise. Promise is always evaluating what’s next, and what more can we do and I love being a part of that culture. I can’t wait to see the continued growth and how we will continue to work together to deliver the promise of a healthier community.
Kim says that as her role has changed at Promise she has seen how much Promise has grown. During her time here, she has seen four Promise ribbon cuttings, and the addition of vision care, mental health care, population health care, social work, and other services that have been added since 2014. She has also seen the clinic expand its number of staff and physical space. The growth aspect of Promise Community Health Center is one of Kim’s favorite qualities. Throughout the years, the clinic has held strong to its mission and has grown and adapted to meet the needs of the community.