Nominations Being Accepted for 2022 Advancing Safe Care Award

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mha advancing safe care awardIn hospitals across the state, healthcare personnel work together to ensure patients receive safe, high-quality care.

To recognize Michigan hospitals that are tackling issues daily to make care safer and more dependable, the MHA presents its annual Advancing Safe Care Award. Eligible nominees include teams from hospitals across the state that are dedicated to transparency regarding the quality of care provided to their patients and providing unmatched care to different patient populations. Nominations for the 2022 award will be accepted through March 25.

The award honors 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 who can be included in the nomination.

Judging for this award is based on four criteria:

  • Reducing health disparities among specific patient populations.
  • Supporting a learning culture committed to trust, feedback and higher problem-solving.
  • Evidence of transparency among care teams, with patients and families, and with community stakeholders.
  • Improving safety by creating high degrees of psychological and physical safety.

In 2021, the award honored the healthcare team at Bronson Healthcare for creating and supporting Bronson’s Community Partnered Vaccine Clinics and Health Equity Project, designed to ensure people are quickly and effectively vaccinated against COVID-19 and to address social determinants of health during the vaccination process.

For more information on nominating a team for the Advancing Safe Care Award, contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Advancing Safe Care Award Honors Hospital Teams Committed to Quality

MHA Advancing Safe Care Award

The MHA Advancing Safe Care Award recognizes teams of healthcare professionals in Michigan hospitals that are fiercely committed to providing safe, quality care for all their patients. Nominations will be accepted for the 2021 award through March 26 for teams using that commitment across socio-economic populations to lead quality improvement, promote transparency and build a strong culture of safety.

Judging for this award is based on four criteria:

  • Reducing health disparities among specific patient populations.
  • Supporting a learning culture committed to trusting, feedback and higher problem-solving.
  • Evidence of transparency among care teams, with patients and families, and with community stakeholders.
  • Improving safety by creating high degrees of psychological and physical safety.

Past awardees include the healthcare team at Spectrum Health Pennock for its Journey to Zero Infections project; the Spectrum Health sepsis team and the Bronson Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit antibiotic stewardship team

For more information on nominating a team for the Advancing Safe Care Award, contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Health & Hospital Association Announces 2020 Advancing Safe Care Award Winner

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Spectrum Health Pennock Honored for Project to Eliminate Infections

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) announced the winner of its 2020 Advancing Safe Care Award June 25, honoring the healthcare team at Spectrum Health Pennock in Hastings for its Journey to Zero Infections project.

The MHA Advancing Safe Care Award honors healthcare teams within MHA-member hospitals that demonstrate a fierce commitment to providing care to different patient populations, show evidence of an improved safety culture, lead the charge for quality improvement, and demonstrate transparency in their efforts to improve healthcare. 

Normally presented during the MHA Annual Membership Meeting traditionally held on Mackinac Island, this year’s award will be presented at a later time.
The Spectrum Health Pennock team set out to eliminate surgical-site infections in November 2017, when it had a 12% infection rate for colorectal surgeries. They began implementing procedures that resulted in zero complex surgical-site infections for colorectal and joint replacement surgeries between November 2018 and December 2019 and no complex infection rates with hysterectomies since February 2019.

The team instituted a focus on mitigating underlying conditions in patients scheduled for surgery, educating and monitoring patients to address such things as diabetes management, smoking cessation and lowering body mass index. A surgical policy for standardized protocol and management plans was instituted, and preoperative staff now engage patients in personalized education and goals. Shifts or trends in noncompliant performance are shared and resulting barriers to quality are addressed.

Relevant data is communicated among departments and front-line staff, as well as with a hospitalwide committee and, ultimately, with medical executives and the board of directors. The hospital’s “speak up for safety” culture is demonstrated in the operating room by a briefing with patient participation prior to anesthetization and a time-out where staff can identify and discuss potential risks.