Our Team

HD Nursing is a total Falls Management Solution Company dedicated to improving falls and injury management across the continuum of care. We provide the research and evidence-based clinical tools necessary for:

  • Scientifically Validated Fall Risk Assessment using the Hester Davis Scale©
  • Evidence Based Care Planning
  • Patient and Family Education
  • Nursing Competency
  • Performance Improvement
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The HD Falls Program was developed and validated over four years at University of Arkansas Medical Center (UAMS) in Little Rock Arkansas by Dr. Amy Hester and Dees Davis who identified a need for a better assessment of fall risk.

Their research resulted in the Hester-Davis Scale, a highly effective assessment tool designed to easily identify patients most likely to fall, document reasons for the fall risk and provide interventions health care providers can implement.

 Since 2010 the HD Falls Program has succeeded by saving organizations staff time and dollars while also helping patients live better.  In 2011 the HD Falls Program was implemented at UAMS.  Within 12 months the program saved UAMS $1.27 million dollars in falls related costs and an additional $330,000 savings as a result of the elimination of patient sitters for falls management.

The Program is continually monitored and updated by the HD Nursing Clinical Research Team.

Leadership Team

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Amy Hester

Dr. Amy L. Hester, PhD, RN, BC, Co-Founder

Amy Hester is co-founder of HD Nursing and also serves as Director of Clinical Informatics and Information for UAMS Medical Center (UMAS) in Little Rock, AR.  While a nurse at UMAS she and colleague Dees Davis recognized a need for a better way to assess and manage falls.  This lead to years of research and trials to develop HD Nursing and the Hester Davis Scale for Fall Risk Assessment.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters in Nursing Education and most recently her Doctorate.  Amy is the author of many papers, frequent speaker and a subject matter expert in falls management.

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Dees Davis

Dees Davis, RN, BSN, BC, Co-Founder

Dees is the co-founder of HD Nursing and the Hester Davis Scale for Fall Risk Assessment. She also serves as Advanced Practiced Partner in Neurology/Neuerosurgery for the UAMS.  In 2010 she and Amy Hester recognized a need for a better way to assess and manage falls to help hospitals, staff and their patients.

She is active in numerous professional organizations including the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, author of many professional papers, researcher and frequent speaker on the topic of assessing and preventing falls.

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Gary Platzman

Gary Platzman, President & CEO

Gary has more than 23 years of experience working in the medical device and healthcare industry. Prior to joining HD Nursing, Gary spent 13 years with the Posey Company. In his role as Vice President of Sales & Marketing, he led the building of the company into a market leader in Falls Management Products and Services.

Prior to his work at Posey, Gary developed two start-up companies, a medical supply company providing wound care, incontinence, orthopedic and mobility solutions to the post acute and home care settings, and Dove Medical where Gary designed and developed the REDI+WASH Disposable Bathing System for the acute and post acute markets. Dove Medical was sold to Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC) in 2000.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1986 and began his career as a Quality Control Mechanical Engineer at Raytheon Company.

 

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Pat Quigley

Pat Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, FAAN, FAANP
Clinical Advisory Committee Chair

Dr. Quigley is a nationally recognized falls expert with extensive clinical practice, research and publications. Her policy influence on patient safety, falls and fall-related injury prevention is unparalleled in the US as is her research translation across numerous care settings. Now retired from the Veteran’s Administration, she leads the HD Nursing Clinical Advisory Committee.

 

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Erin Bush

Erin Bush, MA, BSN, RNC-MNN, Director of  Clinical Operations

Erin brings her experience as a nationally certified nurse, educator and change agent to HD Nursing. Driving successful and sustainable change with the HD Nursing Falls Program for every client and assuring an outstanding Customer experience is her passion. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society and a doctoral student nursing with a geriatric focus.