Adirondack Health Celebrates Patient Safety at the Peak of Excellence
CAPTION: Members of Adirondack Health’s Executive Leadership Team wore patient gowns to symbolize that we are all patients as part of National Patient Safety Week observances. From left to right, Tristan Glanville, Chief Financial Officer; Patti Hammond, Chief Financial Officer; Chandler Ralph, President & CEO; Linda McClarigan, Chief Nursing Officer; Dr. A.J. Dowidowicz, Chief Medical Officer; and Mike Lee, Chief Human Resources Officer.
Staff projects for quality improvement net top honors
SARANAC LAKE – The commitment to patient safety and exceptional care recently took center stage with the presentation of the “Peak of Excellence” Awards for quality improvement at Adirondack Health.
Held each year in conjunction with National Patient Safety Week, a panel of judges selected the winning projects from a field of six quality improvement initiatives that focused on enhancing patient or resident care through new and sustainable solutions.
Each of the teams vying for top honors presented their quality initiatives during a reception for employees followed by the award presentations.
The Gold prize winner was “Road to Recovery After Drug Diversion,” an initiative that focused on staff education, awareness and the use of technology to track and dispense medications. To protect the safety of patients and staff, medication supplies are closely monitored, all variations in drug dispensing are investigated, staff is educated on signs of drug diversion and the dangers that accompany it, and policies have been put in place to handle potential diversions if they are discovered.
The Silver Peak of Excellence prize was awarded to “Quality Improvement of Inpatient Measure for Venous Thromboembolism” for the team’s work on identifying blood clot risks in patients. The Bronze prize went to “CALL! Before You Fall,” a Colby Center for Behavioral Health initiative to decrease patient falls.
Honorable Mentions were given to “Daunting Documentation: Advancing Technology at Uihlein Living Center,” “Pediatric Safety, Our Smallest Population is our Biggest Risk,” and “Safe Motherhood Initiative: Maternal Hemorrhage - an Obstetric Emergency.” The People’s Choice award, based on employee votes, also went to “Road to Recovery After Drug Diversion.” Monetary awards were given to each of the project teams, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication to quality care at Adirondack Health.
The Peak of Excellence awards are presented each year during National Patient Safety Awareness Week to engage both healthcare professionals and patients in spreading the important message of patient safety. The theme of the 2016 National Patient Safety Awareness Week, held March 13 – 19, was “Together We Can,” a reminder that teamwork is the best way to ensure the safety of every patient.
In addition to awarding the Peak of Excellence Awards, Adirondack Health employees celebrate patient and resident safety by creating department posters to highlight their role in patient safety, participating in interactive demonstrations on proper patient room and lab specimen procedures, and wearing or displaying patient gowns in their work areas on March 17, symbolizing that we are all patients. Prizes were awarded to Jerry Stewart for his participation in our “What’s Wrong in Room 230” quiz, Kelly Grayson for her completion of the Patient Safety Scavenger Hunt, and to the Lab and ICU departments for their exceptional posters.
Employees, patients and visitors of Adirondack Health also completed the sentence “United We Can ___,” to express their top safety priority. The common theme among responses centered on Staff and Patient Safety and Wellness, a theme that will be incorporated into quality improvement projects for the year.
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