George Mason Honors Health Care Systems with New Improvement of the Year Honor

Posted: February 21, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

George Mason’s Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics in the College of Nursing and Health Science has recognized Operation Stroke of the Inova Health System and the ICU Infection Control Improvement Project of Centra Health, Lynchburg General Hospital, as recipients of its first annual Improvement of the Year Award.

Designed to celebrate successful improvement efforts in health care organizations and to help ensure that these efforts are recognized, the award was announced at a banquet held recently in Falls Church, Va.

“We believe this award provides all of us in health care with a unique opportunity to fill an important gap for communication and recognition among health care organizations in the region,” says Mark Meiners, director of the center.

Farrokh Alemi, founder of the award and assistant dean of Mason’s College of Nursing and Health Science, adds, “These individuals are the real heroes of our society. They are the ones who are making changes and saving people’s lives.”

Inova’s Operation Stroke is part of a multiyear collaboration with the American Stroke Association to establish a system-wide continuum of care for stroke patients, resulting in improved patient outcomes.

The primary goal of the ICU Infection Control Improvement Project at Centra Health, Lynchburg General Hospital, is to reduce bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

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