Adirondack Health announces “Peak of Excellence Award” winners
SARANAC LAKE – During what has become an annual tradition at Adirondack Health, staff from a variety of departments team up to be considered for a Peak of Excellence Award by submitting quality improvement projects that they believe raise the bar for providing exceptional patient and resident care.
This was a banner year with ten quality improvement projects submitted for peer review by teams that developed new and creative solutions to enhance the level of care throughout Adirondack Health. In addition to direct patient or resident care settings, the quality improvement plans identify steps to ensure a smooth transition for patients following discharge from the hospital. All the initiatives are a culmination of several departments teaming up from throughout the hospital, health centers and living centers.
“Again this year, the differences between projects came down to fractions of a point, which highlight peoples’ commitment to providing quality care. All ten of the submissions earned high merit from the judges, and show the full commitment to enhanced care our patients and living center residents can expect,” said Tina Charbonneau, Quality Improvement Manager at Adirondack Health.
Peak of Excellence awardees:
Gold Medal Award
Improving Patient Care with a Focus on Medication Management – designed to assist patient understanding of medications through timely visits from pharmacists and nursing staff; also to identify patients who would benefit most from direct communication with pharmacy staff.
Silver Medal Award
Taking Every PRECAUTION to Eliminate and Protect our Patients from Infections – specific focus on Foley catheter use to reduce Health Care Acquired Infections (HCAI’s) through education and training of nursing staff on insertion, maintenance and removal of Foley catheters to decrease infection rates and reduce length of hospital stay.
Bronze Medal Award
Standardizing Pain Management Across the Organization – adopted best practices for pain management, devised a “bill of rights” for patients experiencing pain, created a consistent approach to pain management and practices across the continuum of care while standardizing patient education materials and education of staff.
People’s Choice Award
Marcy Mountain Country Club at Uihlein Living Center - stimulated positive interactions with residents, reducing boredom, agitation and anxiety by designating space to provide an emotionally supportive environment through a variety of activities matched to individual needs and interests.
Honorable Mention Awards
- Dialysis 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program
- Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices Quality Improvement Initiatives
- Express Admit to Colby Senior Behavioral Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
- Three Points of Contact
- Consolidate, Coordinate, Communicate: Maintaining the Patient’s Continuum of Care in Perioperative Services
- Reduction in 30-day Preventable Re-Admissions
CAPTION: Pharmacist Alissa Harse, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist and Patient Care Coordinator Dave Mader, and Chief Nursing Officer Linda McClarigan were the lead on those teams selected for the top three Peak of Excellence Awards at Adirondack Health. The presentation of the awards coincide with National Patient Safety Week in March.
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JOE RICCIO, Communications Director