Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Receives MHA Advancing Safe Care Award

advancing self care awardThe MHA announced the winner of its 2022 Advancing Safe Care Award June 30, honoring a dedicated team at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids. The award was announced during the association’s Annual Membership Meeting.

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.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services set up a special care unit in 2020 for behavioral health patients who tested positive for COVID-19 and a residential unit for COVID-19-positive patients in the adult foster care system. Pine Rest was the only behavioral health facility in West Michigan accepting psychiatric patients with COVID-19 and one of only a few in the state. Inspired by healthcare workers serving the sickest COVID-19 patients, Pine Rest employees sought to ease their burden while providing high-quality behavioral healthcare.

Mark Eastburg, PhD, president and CEO, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, receives the MHA Advancing Safe Care Award.
Mark Eastburg, PhD, president and CEO, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, receives the MHA Advancing Safe Care Award.

The hospital renovated space for the unit and trained staff to use telehealth equipment, allowing patients to virtually attend groups and classes from their rooms. Clinical and nonclinical staff were trained on wearing personal protective equipment, which had previously been rarely needed. The infection prevention and risk teams developed protocols for testing patients and staff. All nurses in the special care unit were trained in collecting samples for testing, and a performance improvement project boosted their ability to assess and manage patients’ pain.

Pine Rest developed a COVID-19 Dashboard, keeping staff aware of positive patients and staff members. Information was regularly shared with the Kent County Health Department, area hospitals and statewide behavioral health units to coordinate efforts.

For more information on the Pine Rest Special Care Unit, contact Harmony Gould, vice president of hospital and residential services, at Pine Rest at (616) 455-5000.

 

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Nominations are open for both the MHA Advancing Safe Care Award and the MHA Healthcare Leadership 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 2022 Advancing Safe Care Award through March 25 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 who created and supported Bronson Healthcare’s Community Partnered Vaccine Clinics and Health Equity Project and the team at Spectrum Health Pennock for its Journey to Zero Infections project.

The annual presentation of the MHA Healthcare Leadership Award honors those who have demonstrated outstanding healthcare leadership within individual facilities and in their communities. Nominations of exceptional healthcare trustees, executives, physicians, nurses or other leaders for the award will be accepted through April 1.

Nominees will be evaluated on a 100-point scoring system for their organizational and leadership/culture contributions. To be eligible, a nominee must represent an MHA-member organization in good standing and have been actively involved with the healthcare organization within the last three years.

Winners of the 2021 Healthcare Leadership Award were Robert Crumb, CEO Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, Manistique, and Darryl Elmouchi, MD, president, Spectrum Health West Michigan, Grand Rapids.

Award winners for 2022 will be announced during the MHA Annual Membership Meeting in June. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

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MHA Advancing Safe Care Award

Nominating teams for the MHA Advancing Safe Care Award is one way to recognize them for improving safety for everyone in the organization. This award is presented to entire 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.

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