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2011 Spirit of Excellence

Modern Healthcare’s 19th annual Spirit of Excellence awards, co-sponsored by Sodexo Health Care Services, honor organizations and individuals that go beyond what’s expected in serving their patients and communities.


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A salute to excellence | Honorees demonstrate commitment to patients, community
By David Burda | December 12, 2011 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Modern Healthcare congratulates the winners and honorable mentions of the 19th annual Spirit of Excellence Awards, co-sponsored by Sodexo Health Care Services.This year's five winners and five honorable mention honorees are profiled on the following pages. Each of the five winners will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and each of the five honorable mentions will receive a $1,500 cash prize.
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Reaching out to teen moms (Community--Winner) | ‘Fear is gone,' thanks to Lowell General's program
By Modern Healthcare | December 12, 2011 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With a teen pregnancy rate in or near the top 10 of any community in the state, Lowell, Mass., is seeing immediate benefits from Lowell General Hospital's decision to bring teen-oriented pregnancy prevention, parent education and childbirth classes into Lowell High School.
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Going after drugs, alcohol (Community--Honorable mention) | Chelsea builds sturdy coalition that benefits teens
By Modern Healthcare | December 12, 2011 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Teens in Chelsea, Mich., have reduced recent alcohol and marijuana use by 40% to 50% and indicate a 13% to 32% increase in peer disapproval of such activities since Chelsea Community Hospital began working with the Chelsea School District four years ago to implement the SRSLY (text speak for “seriously”) substance-abuse prevention program.
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Keeping errors at bay (Patient safety--Winner) | Helen DeVos introduces ‘high reliability units'
By Modern Healthcare | December 12, 2011 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
To prevent medical errors from affecting patients—and minimizing the harm caused when they do—Helen DeVos Children's Hospital has introduced “high reliability units” in several higher-risk patient-care areas based on evidence-based practices.
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The clean hands people (Patient safety--Honorable mention) | Andalusia Regional reduces infections, saves money
By Modern Healthcare | December 12, 2011 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Andalusia (Ala.) Regional Hospital reduced confirmed healthcare-associated infections by 75%—from 1.46% of admissions to 0.37%—from 2010 to 2011 after initiating a pilot program to monitor and improve hand hygiene in December 2010.
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Flexing for versatility (Process improvement--Winner) | Utah system customizes staffing with ‘float pools'
By Modern Healthcare | December 12, 2011 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A combination of centralized scheduling, customized nursing grids, a well-trained float pool and the creation of a 13-bed “flex” unit that opens or closes based on volume has enabled University of Utah Health Care to reduce labor costs by $2.4 million while boosting patient satisfaction and quality outcomes during the past 1½ years.
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Showing them satisfaction (Process improvement--Honorable mention) | Heartland Regional improves patients' experience
By Modern Healthcare | December 12, 2011 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The 353-bed Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., has spent the past year paying homage to its state's motto with the Show You! project, aimed at improving poor community perception and patient-satisfaction scores in its emergency room.
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Easing the toll of war (Service--Winner) | Lincoln Trail fills a need for members of military
By Modern Healthcare | December 12, 2011 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Located down the road from the Army's Fort Knox and not much farther from Fort Campbell, the Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System, based in Radcliff, Ky., has always worked closely with military service members and their families.
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Making house calls (Service--Honorable mention) | INHouse offers help to those with disabilities
By Modern Healthcare | December 12, 2011 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
People with physical disabilities who become largely homebound in central Indiana are able to receive high-quality, cost-effective medical care thanks in part to INHouse Primary Care's house-call program, launched in June 2007.
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Fostering community (Team--Winner) | SOMOS boosts awareness of Hispanics' needs
By Modern Healthcare | December 12, 2011 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hispanic associates—and customers—of WellPoint have received renewed focus during the past three years with the establishment of the SOMOS associate resource group, which aims to provide a view of healthcare through the eyes of Hispanic members.
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Comforting patients (Team--Honorable mention) | Capital Region's teams ease waiting-room angst
By Modern Healthcare | December 12, 2011 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Patients at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo., have been reporting much warmer experiences in hospital waiting rooms during the past seven years since the advent of the Serving Up Smiles Customer Comfort Team.
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