2006 Spirit of Excellence

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Their winning ways | Spirit of Excellence honorees culled from field of 98
By David Burda, Editor | December 11, 2006 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Modern Healthcare congratulates the winners and honorable mentions of the 14th annual Spirit of Excellence Awards, co-sponsored by Sodexho Health Care Services. This year’s winners and runners-up 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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SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR SERVICE—WINNER‘The Hilton’ of hospitals | Parrish aims to maximize patient comfort
By Ed Finkel | December 11, 2006 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The need for a new hospital provided Parrish Medical Center with an opportunity to brainstorm how best to create a healing environment, and the resulting 210-bed, 375,000-square-foot, $80 million facility in Titusville, Fla., might sound more like a spa or a resort than a hospital.
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AWARD FOR SERVICE—HONORABLE MENTIONPlugged in | Software eases communication
By Ed Finkel | December 11, 2006 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Patients are becoming better educated about their conditions and better able to communicate effectively with staff at 174-bed Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, Va., thanks to the GetWellNetwork, a customizable software solution implemented in 2004.The system uses in-room television to provide patient-specific health education materials, two-way communication in real-time with responsible staff members and entertainment options to help patients pass the time.
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SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR QUALITY—WINNEREnding confusion | Provena smooths nurse shift changes
By Ed Finkel | December 11, 2006 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Shift changes among nurses at 454-bed Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill., had become a chaotic, noisy mess that led to a lack of privacy for patients and ballooning overtime for the nurses themselves as they struggled to communicate patients’ status.Communication breakdowns from such handoffs sometimes lead to medical errors, which led the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations to require that standards for handoff communication be developed.
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AWARD FOR QUALITY—HONORABLE MENTIONCultural shift | Blame-free reporting lifts satisfaction
By Ed Finkel | December 11, 2006 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
More than three-quarters of employees responding to a June 2001 survey at 262-bed Clifton Springs (N.Y.) Hospital & Clinic said they were uncomfortable reporting medical errors. Recognizing a need to change its culture, the organization worked to make such reporting blame-free, to encourage open communication and to develop leadership on those issues. To meet that need, Clifton Springs hired a full-time patient-safety coordinator.
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SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMUNITY—WINNERHelping cancer survivors | Study examines benefits of exercise program
By Ed Finkel | December 11, 2006 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Breast cancer survivors often suffer from side effects such as weight gain and fatigue that persist long after their cancer is gone.
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AWARD FOR COMMUNITY—HONORABLE MENTIONTargeting strokes | Nazareth gives free screenings
By Ed Finkel | December 11, 2006 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., and blacks face a greater statistical risk of stroke than the general population. Nazareth Hospital, a 233-bed facility in Philadelphia, has spent the past 16 months targeting the black community with free stroke education and screenings by working with churches, senior centers, civic groups and workplaces.
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SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR TEAM—WINNERMaking everyone happy | St. John aims to boost employee, patient morale
By Ed Finkel | December 11, 2006 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
St. John Health in Warren, Mich., faced the same shortages of nurses and other clinicians as many other healthcare organizations. So the eight-hospital system embarked upon a service excellence initiative in early 2005 that embraced both staff satisfaction and customer service, with an eye toward becoming both an employer and a provider of choice.
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AWARD FOR TEAM—HONORABLE MENTIONTargeting turnover | DaVita provides life-skill training
By Ed Finkel | December 11, 2006 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
DaVita, an independent provider of kidney dialysis services with 14,000 employees, has cut its turnover in half in the five years since it instituted a program that helps employees work on personal life skills such as conflict resolution, leadership, time management and goal setting.
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SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR C.A.R.E.S.—WINNERCHEERS shows they care | St. Francis employees contribute more than $1 million to aid community
By Ed Finkel | December 11, 2006 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
More than 9,000 people in the greater Columbus, Ga., area have received slices of the more than $1 million that employees of 217-bed St. Francis Hospital have contributed to the 12-year-old Caring Hospital Employees Envision Real Success program.
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AWARD FOR C.A.R.E.S.—HONORABLE MENTIONFighting back | Hancock’s staff makes massive effort to reopen after Katrina flooding
By Ed Finkel | December 11, 2006 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., was forced to close after all major departments sustained floodwaters during Hurricane Katrina, which caused more than $20 million in damage.Some 75% of employees and physicians lost their homes and/or most of their possessions, but the hospital’s staff proved to be a force of nature of its own. They have restored critical medical services, applied plasterboard, painted and restocked the facility themselves, creating temporary employment and keeping physicians onboard.
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