CHHS Announces 2010 Quality Improvement of the Year Awards

Posted: May 10, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: May 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm

By Marjorie Musick

P.J. Maddox, chair of the Department of Health Administration and Policy in the College of Health and Human Services, speaking at the Quality Improvement of the Year Awards banquet.

The Department of Health Administration and Policy in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) announced the winners of its annual Quality Improvement of the Year Awards at a banquet on April 22.

More than 160 students, faculty, staff and community health care leaders attended the event. Mary Wakefield, federal Health Resources and Services Administration administrator and former Mason faculty member, served as the keynote speaker.

This competitive award was created to recognize the work being achieved by teams from mid-Atlantic health organizations that are improving the quality and safety of health care. This year, 14 projects were nominated.

2010 award winners and their projects are:

  • Faculty Citation for Risk Reduction − Children’s National Medical Center for “The Power of One: Virtually Eliminating Serious Safety Events through Safety Culture, High Reliability Techniques and Employee Engagement”
  • Faculty Citation for Service Excellence − Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children for “Breathless Moments: Streamlined Process for Utilization of the Pediatric Asthma Clinical Pathway”
  • Honorable Mention in Clinical Excellence − Georgetown University Hospital for “Journey to Zero: Reducing Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections in the ICU”
  • Award in Clinical Excellence − Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children for “Feeding the Way to a Shorter Stay: Achieving Clinical Excellence with a Feeding Algorithm”
  • Award in Clinical Excellence − Washington Hospital Center Department of Emergency Medicine for “Emergency Physician-Nurse-Tech Care in Triage − Washington Hospital Center’s ED Gold Team is ‘Worth Its Weight…’”
  • Spirit of Quality − Mary Washington Hospital for “Transforming Care at the Bedside”

Shirley Travis, CHHS dean; Mary Wakefield, federal Health Resources and Services Administration administrator; and Leo Brennan, CHHS advisory board member, at the banquet.

The Improvement of the Year Award was originally launched in 2004 as a class project in the Health Systems Management graduate Process Improvement course. Today, the awards publicly acknowledge teams who are succeeding in improving health care quality and safety in their communities.

“The awards program is an important community service initiative for our faculty to give back to the community by providing a platform to recognize the work of health care organizations in quality and safety improvement. This is often thankless work that merits recognition,” explains P.J. Maddox, department chair.

“Consistent with Gov. McDonnell’s challenge to all Virginians to ‘make the world a better place,’ the Quality Improvement of the Year Awards program identifies Virginians and others doing just that and celebrates their efforts.”

Each year, the projects are judged by a panel of experts. This year’s panel was chaired by Jane Woods, state health policy and community development liaison at CHHS, with the selection process lead by Virginia Blair, vice president of quality services at Prince William Hospital and Mason adjunct faculty member.

Additional panelists included Lisbeth Fahey, director of quality improvement at Children’s National Medical Center; Joyce Hahn, assistant dean for the master’s division of the nursing program at Mason; Angela Koelsch, officer in the U.S. Army Medical Command and director of strategy and innovation for the Army Northern Regional Medical Command based at Walter Reed; Rebecca Leung, director of the Public Health Sector at CGI; Barbara Mitchell, director of quality resources at Washington Hospital Center; Lora Peppard, a clinical assistant professor at Mason and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; Maralyn Spittler, director of performance improvement for Sentara Healthcare; and Jay Shiver, assistant professor and the coordinator for the undergraduate program in Health Administration and Policy.

Sponsors of the 2010 Quality Improvement of the Year Awards include founding sponsors Carolyn and Leslie Taylor of Taylor-Oden Enterprises Inc. and Noel and David Goldberg and Deborah and Phillip Royalty. Founding partners include the Business Alliance of George Mason University; the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics at Mason; the Delmarva Foundation; the District of Columbia Association for Healthcare Quality; and the Virginia Association for Healthcare Quality.

For additional information, see the Quality Improvement of the Year Awards web site.

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