PA Hospitals Receive 2013 Achievement Awards

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Nineteen of Pennsylvania’s most innovative hospital programs—dealing with issues including patient satisfaction; workforce; public health and education; influenza, falls, and infection prevention; mortality reduction; oxygen therapy; and disaster preparedness—have been named winners of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) 2013 Achievement Awards. Entries were received from hospital programs across the state.

“All of the programs entered are examples of the commitment hospitals and health systems make, every day, to their patients, communities, and employees,” said HAP President and CEO Andy Carter. “The 19 awardees are among the most innovative and creative in the health care field, and we salute their accomplishments.”

“HAP’s Achievement Awards program began in 1978 as a way to recognize the innovation of Pennsylvania’s health care organizations,” Carter said. “HAP member hospitals and health systems look and operate very differently now than they did back then, particularly in this era of reform. But one thing has not changed: their commitment to quality and continuous improvement as they deliver care in their communities.”

The 2013 Achievement Award winners:

Workplace

Community Benefit

Patient Safety

  • Eastern Regional Medical Center, Philadelphia—Reaching 90 Percent Influenza Vaccination Rate Through Education and Empowerment
  • UPMC St. Margaret, Pittsburgh—Reducing Falls with Injury
  • Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia—Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection in a Neurological ICU Using a Proactive Approach to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Bundle
  • Main Line Health System, Bryn Mawr—Eliminating Preventable Harm Through Building a Reliable Culture of Safety

Patient Care

Operational Excellence

  • Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys—Going from Good to Great: A Small Rural Hospital Transforms its Culture to Improve Patient Satisfaction
  • The Chester County Hospital, West Chester—Active Shooter: Prepare for the Unthinkable
  • St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh—What You Need When You Need It: Converting Nursing Supplies from a Par System to a Two-Bin Replenishment System

Honorable Mention (Workplace category)

  • Moss Rehab, Elkins Park—A Comprehensive Student Aide Program for Weekend PT and OT Treatment in an Inpatient Rehab Setting
  • Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington—Mission Service/Volunteer Service Leave: The Value of Volunteering

Innovation Award

  • Holy Redeemer Hospital, Meadowbrook—Using Probiotics in the Form of Yogurt to Decrease the Incidence of Hospital-Acquired C-difficile

Details about the award winning programs are available online at http://www.haponline.org/awards/.

The 2013 Achievement Award entries were evaluated by a 15-judge panel representing the public and private sectors, health care and business organizations, the media, and for-profit and nonprofit entities.

HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 240 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at www.haponline.org.