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13 Nov 2015
The Health Care Improvement Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award!

Every day, hospitals and health care professionals across southeastern Pennsylvania are developing and implementing improvements in delivering patient care. The Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality award program recognizes hospitals and other providers for their achievements in advancing exceptional care. The award recognizes initiatives that can be replicated throughout the region; that demonstrate both innovation and collaboration with other providers within the continuum of care; and that demonstrate the commitment of senior leadership to the initiative. A panel of local quality and safety leaders selected the winning entries from among 43 submissions this year.

The top three winners were recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council of HAP on Friday, November 6, 2015. Listed below are the three winners with links to their award videos and project abstracts, followed by the entries placing in the top ten. Congratulations to all!

FIRST PLACE Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Innovations to Stop Pressure Ulcers among Patients at Critically High Risk for Pressure Ulcer Development in Rehabilitation a Multidisciplinary Approach. Please click here to see the summary.

SECOND PLACE Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Project Sit Up: An Interprofessional Quality Improvement Initiative to Reduce Aspiration Pneumonia. Please click here to see the summary.

THIRD PLACE Doylestown Hospital
Reducing door to drug time for stroke patients with EMS involvement. Please click here to see the summary.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Hospital Sleep Medicine Service

Aria Health
Operation Safe Workplace: A multidisciplinary approach to work place violence

Temple University Hospital
Improving Sepsis Mortality, Length of Stay and Cost: A Three-Phase Approach

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
Hospital Acquired Infection Prevention Program Incorporating a Novel Approach to Reducing Selected Hospital Acquired Infections

Einstein Healthcare Network
Network-wide Radiation Dose Reduction in CT

Hahnemann University Hospital
Improved treatment of bloodstream infections through the implementation of a multi-disciplinary team approach employing a novel, rapid diagnostic test in the clinical microbiology laboratory coupled with real-time pharmacist and physician-directed prescriber feedback

Doylestown Hospital
Ensuring Patient Safety with High Alert Medication Humulin RU-500
20 May 2015
The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) has hosted the Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award for over a decade. This program is one of many ways in which HCIF promotes best practices in health care patient safety and quality throughout the region. The award recognizes hospitals and other providers for their innovative contributions in advancing patient care. At this time, we are inviting organizations to submit up to four entries for this year’s award. Entries must be submitted online by Monday, July 13, 2015. Please click link for further details and the criteria for submission.

If you have any questions about this year’s award process, please feel free to contact Claudette Fonshell, HCIF’s Clinical Project Manager, at 215.575.3747 or
20 May 2015
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