CHHS Announces 2011 Health Care Quality Improvement Awards

Posted: May 6, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: May 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm

By Leah Kerkman Fogarty

CHHS Dean Shirley Travis with keynote speaker Bill Hazel, Virginia secretary of Health and Human Resources, at the awards ceremony. Photo by Laura Sikes

From Washington, D.C., to California, everyone wants a piece of the Department of Health Administration and Policy’s Quality Improvement of the Year Awards. In its seventh year, the once-local awards program saw its applicant pool go nationwide.

At a banquet on April 21, the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) announced this year’s winners before the more than 130 students, faculty, staff and community health care leaders who attended the event.

Bill Hazel, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources and past member of the Board of Trustees of the George Mason University Foundation Inc., served as the keynote speaker.

The awards were created to recognize the work being achieved by teams from health organizations that are improving the quality and safety of health care. This year, 14 projects were nominated. The winners and their projects were:

Senior Housing/Long-Term Care Improvement Award – Greenspring Village in Springfield, Va., for “The Studio at Renaissance Gardens.”

Clinical Improvement Award – Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for “Eliminating Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections in ICUs – A Commitment to Our Children.”

Health Systems Risk Improvement Award – MBK Senior Living in Irvine, Calif., for “MBK Senior Living’s Infection Prevention Program.”

Service Improvement Award – Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., for “Heart Failure ‘Transition of Care’ Model.”

Health Information Technology Adoption/Use Award – Novant Health Prince William Hospital in Manassas, Va., for “The ’15th of the Month Rule’:  Providing a Structure to Manage the Dissemination of Mandatory and Continuing Education in the Clinical Setting.”

Spirit of Quality Award – Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Va., for “Experiencing the Power of Engagement through Leadership Change.”

Honorable Mention – Belmont Village Senior Living in Houston, Texas, for “Circle of Friends: An Assisted Living Program to Build Cognitive Reserve for Older Adults with MCI.”

P.J. Maddox, Department of Health Administration and Policy chair, left, and Panagiota Kitsantas, faculty leader for the awards, at the ceremony. Photo by Laura Sikes

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

As part of its growth, faculty organizers added two new categories this year, one for Senior Housing/Long-Term Care Improvement and one for Health Information Technology Adoption/Use.

Faculty leader for the awards and Health Administration and Policy associate professor Panagiota Kitsantas was very pleased with the pool of applicants and what the awards accomplish every year.

“The Quality Improvement of the Year Awards is an important event, as it recognizes efforts from the health care industry to improve the quality and safety of health care and services,” Kitsantas says.

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


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