2009 Health Care Quality Improvement Awards Presented

Posted: April 27, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s Department of Health Administration and Policy announced the winners of its 2009 Health Care Quality Improvement Awards at a banquet on April 22.

Established in 2004, these awards recognize outstanding examples of quality improvement team efforts in hospitals and health care systems.

The 2009 award winners are

  • Clinical Excellence – Inova Fairfax Hospital/Inova Heart and Vascular Institute for “Cool Therapy for Comatose Adult Survivors of Cardiac Arrest”

  • Clinical Excellence (Honorable Mention) – Shore Health System of Maryland for “Surviving Sepsis, Saving Lives”

  • Risk Reduction – Mary Washington Hospital for “MRSA Reduction Initiative”

  • Service Excellence – Mary Washington Hospital for “Cancer Navigator Program”

  • Spirit of Quality – Mary Washington Hospital for “Shipwrecked: The Quest for Blood Sugar Control”

The entries were judged by Rick Christiansen, director of medical services at Information Manufacturing Corp.; Bryant Hall, director of gerontological services at Elder Dimensions Associates; Rebecca Leung, director of the public sector health at CGI; Deborah McDonough, RN, director of quality improvement and regulatory compliance at Sibley Memorial Hospital; Barbara Mitchell, director of quality resources at Washington Hospital Center; Glenna Quesenberry, director of quality improvement at Mary Washington Hospital; Terry Sher, RN, director of quality improvement at Inova Fairfax Hospital; Maralyn Spittler, director of performance improvement for Sentara Healthcare; and Ana Stoehr, professor in Mason’s School of Nursing and coordinator for the Master’s in Nursing Administrative Track.

The awards were supported by Taylor-Oden Enterprises Inc., founding sponsor (Carolyn A. Taylor, BSN’78, MSN’86, MBA’94, and Leslie Taylor); David S. Goldberg, MS’06, and Noel Goldberg; and Phillip and Deborah Royalty, MS’88.

Founding partners include the Business Alliance of George Mason University; Mason’s Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics; Delmarva Foundation; District of Columbia Association for Healthcare Quality; and the Virginia Association for Healthcare Quality.

Additional information about the awards is available online.

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