Nominations Being Accepted for Advancing Safe Care Award
Posted on January 31, 2019
Hospitals and health systems often face a myriad of complex challenges. Health disparities, costly errors, miscommunication and potential staff and patient harm are just a few of the daily hurdles that healthcare professionals must overcome.
The MHA believes that focusing on four key issues — transparency, health equity, quality improvement and safety culture — can result in the advancement of care within healthcare facilities and produce safer, more reliable outcomes.
The MHA Advancing Safe Care Award is the association’s newest award. It recognizes teams within MHA-member hospitals who are committed to providing quality care to diverse socioeconomic populations, promoting transparency within organizations, leading the charge for quality improvement and achieving better outcomes due to a strong culture of safety. The award does not limit the number of team members that can be included in the nomination.
Nominations for the 2019 Advancing Safe Care Award will be accepted through March 29.
Kalamazoo-based Bronson Children’s Hospital was honored with the inaugural award in 2018. Its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) antibiotic stewardship team was recognized for the development of a comprehensive approach to prevent unnecessary antibiotic exposure. As of June 2018, the team achieved a 26 percent reduction in antibiotic utilization, without an increase in infections since 2016. Watch the video about the winning team and its efforts to improve safety and quality in the NICU.
The award will be presented at the MHA Annual Membership Meeting on Mackinac Island. For more information, contact the MHA Keystone Center.
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