ICU Innovations

MUSC’s ICU Innovations program is a cost-effective means to improve patient safety, quality, and best practice implementation with substantial return on investment through ICU-related outcomes. ICU Innovations is an interprofessional quality improvement program created by MUSC clinical leaders and offered to ICU teams at community hospitals of all sizes. Our experienced consulting team will collaborate with your multidisciplinary ICU team to create successful evidence-based quality improvement programs and related implementation that yield quality and financial benefits for your organization.

Choose from a menu of quality improvement topics with significant financial impact:

  • Change Management in the ICU
  • Care of the Mechanically Ventilated Patient
  • Pain, Agitation, and Delirium
  • ICU Mobility
  • Early Recognition and Treatment of Sepsis
  • Hospital Acquired Infections
  • Cardiopulmonary Arrest: Beyond ACLS
  • Optimizing ICU Nutrition
  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care
  • Nursing Sensitive Quality Indicators

Specific observable outcomes experienced by current partners:

  • Doubling of compliance with the severe sepsis/septic shock CMS bundle
  • Improved adherence to ventilator management best practices
  • Integration of spontaneous breathing and awakening trails to reduce duration of mechanical ventilation
  • Improved compliance with sedation and delirium assessment and treatment
  • Adoption of an early ICU mobility program that saw ventilated patients ambulating within two months of first seminar

Current Partners

ICU Innovations

AnMed Health
800 North Fant Street
Anderson, SC 29621

ICU Innovations Carolina Pines Regional

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center
1304 West Bobo Newsom Highway
Hartsville, SC 29550

ICU Innovations Kershaw Health

Kershaw Health
1315 Roberts Street
Camden, SC 29020

ICU Innovations Self Regional Healthcare

Self-Regional Healthcare
1325 Spring Street
Greenwood, SC 29646

ICU Innovations Tuomey

Tuomey Healthcare System
129 North Washington Street
Sumter, SC 29150

Our Team

Dee Ford, M.D.

Dee W. Ford, M.D, MSCR

Professor of Medicine
Medical Director

Dee W. Ford, MD, MSCR, is a Professor of Medicine and Division Director for MUSC’s Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine.  She established, and serves as the Medical Director of, the Tele-ICU and ICU Innovations Critical Care Outreach programs. She has over 15 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary ICU quality improvement and program implementation projects, including serving as the Medical Director for MUSC’s Medical Intensive Care Unit. She is widely recognized for her collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to provider and patient engagement.

Dr. Ford became active in telehealth in 2009. By 2013, she was tapped by MUSC leadership to develop a strategic plan for accelerating MUSC’s telehealth programs. In 2017, she became the Program Director for MUSC’s federally designated Telehealth Center of Excellence.

Dr. Ford is from Anderson, South Carolina, and received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of South Carolina where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Ford completed her internal medicine residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and attended the Medical University of South Carolina for her pulmonary/critical care fellowship training.


Nandita Nadfig, M.D.

Nandita Nadig, M.D., MSCR

Assistant Professor
Associate Medical Director

Nandita Nadig, MD, MSCR, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Medical University of South Carolina’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Nadig earned her Medical Degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. She then completed her internal medicine training at Mount Auburn Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship with MUSC. She now serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Tele-ICU program.

Dr. Nadig's clinical interests are centered around advanced ARDS, and reducing health disparities through the use of telehealth in community hospitals. She is responsible for the day-to-day workings of tele-ICU, as well as effective collaboration with partner hospitals to improve the quality of care delivered through the tele-ICU program.

Dr. Nadig completed a Master's degree in Clinical Research in 2016, and is focused on patient-oriented research and leading projects on the complex topic of inter-ICU transfers and the associated clinical, economic, and psychological outcomes. Her most recent research focus involves the development of telehealth interventions for patients and families through support/resource portals.


Perette Sabatino, MSN, RN 

Nurse Manager of Acute Services




Perette earned her bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1996 from Troy University, and in 1996, earned her Master's of Science in Nursing with a focus in education. Perette started her nursing career at Roper Care Alliance as a clinical nurse on an oncology unit. Wanting to work in academic medicine, she transitioned to the Medical University of South Carolina where she started on a neuroscience unit. She was instrumental in the implementation of MUSC’s first neurosurgery step-down beds.

In 2005, she joined the Medical ICU as the clinical educator/coordinator where she was the co-facilitator in leading the unit to receive MUSC's first-ever ICU Beacon award.

After several years of working in the Medical ICU, she started managing MUSC’s nationally recognized stroke program that now serves as the hub for 30+ telehealth sites throughout South Carolina. The program earned the highest level of achievement from the American Heart and Stroke Association under her leadership. Perette has presented throughout South Carolina, nationally, and internationally on stroke care, also serving on the South Carolina Stroke Learning Network where she mentored other hospitals who sought Joint Commission primary stroke certification.

Perette managed a neuroscience unit that exceeded ANCC Nursing Excellence in seven categories, deriving from MUSC’s Magnet destination. She has also managed a Cardiovascular ICU at the MUSC before transitioning into the Telehealth Nurse Manager of Acute Services role leading the operations of in-patient services throughout South Carolina.

Perette has been awarded the Palmetto Gold Award, which distinguishes the Top 100 Nurses in South Carolina, and multiple other awards for excellence in management, quality, and safety.