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22 Nov 2016
The Health Care Improvement Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 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 4, 2016. 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 University of Pennsylvania Health System
“Clinical Data App”: Upgrading from Outdated Paper to Real-Time, Interdisciplinary Mobile Handoffs. Please click here to see the summary.

SECOND PLACE Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Evaluation of effectiveness of a Neonatal morphine weaning protocol for the treatment of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and its effect on length of stay. Please click here to see the summary.

THIRD PLACE Main Line Health System
Reducing Medication Errors by Improving an Electronic Medical Record's Automatic Stop Medication Order Process. Please click here to see the summary.

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
A Novel Prevention Bundle to Reduce Surgical Site Infections in Spinal Fusion Patients

Temple University Hospital
Palliative Care: A Nationally Recognized Program

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Icy Infants QI Project: Very Low Birth Weight Infants and Admission Temperature

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Physician to Physician Handoff

Pennsylvania Hospital
Reducing Falls with Injury on an Inpatient Psychiatry Unit through the Elevation of Nursing Support Staff: An Interprofessional Approach

Temple University Hospital
At Your Service: Undergraduate Interns Impact Staff Responsiveness

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Heart Smarts
16 May 2016

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 11, 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 Bradley Moore, HCIF’s Project Manager, at 215.575.3754 or

30 Mar 2016
HCIF congratulates the 17 collaborative organizations for all that they accomplished over the last 12 months in the Central PA Palliative Care/POLST Collaborative. The final report sent out last month included program highlights and results. Most noteworthy are the nearly 3,000 individuals trained in POLST, a nearly two-fold increase in the percentage of patients that had an advanced care planning discussion and completion of a POLST form, an increase in the percent of patients with consistency between treatments provided at the end of life to POLST orders, and the implementation of numerous POLST strategies such as POLST policies, triggers and education. Although the collaborative concluded in December, 2015, these organizations are poised to continue their great work towards advancing the use of POLST across the region.
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