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Feature: Meet the 2017 Quality and Patient Safety Winners

Staff from the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital accept the MHS Advancement toward High Reliability in Healthcare Award in the Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety discipline for their “Improve Sterile Instrument and Process Handling” initiative. Fort Belvoir Community Hospital receives the MHS Advancement toward High Reliability in Healthcare Award in the Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety discipline for their “Improve Sterile Instrument and Process Handling” initiative. Pictured far left is Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, the Defense Health Agency director, and staff from Fort Belvoir Community Hospital who accepted the award at the Annual AMSUS Meeting award banquet in December 2017: HM2 Daniel Asante, Lt. Cmdr. Lara Kirchner, Maj. Shirley Ochoa-Dobies, HM2 Renardo Reid and HMCS James Pell.

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The winners of the 2017 Advancement toward High Reliability in Healthcare Awards were recognized on Nov. 30 during the 2017 AMSUS Annual Continuing Education Meeting dinner and awards banquet. This awards program recognizes military health care teams and facilities that developed systems and processes to help lead the Military Health System toward a better, safer and nationally-recognized health care system. 

In the Healthcare Quality and Safety discipline, there were nine winners:

  • Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton: “Cervical Cancer Screening Optimization”
  • 99th Medical Group – Nellis Air Force Base: “Enhanced Recovery Program”
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: “High Value Cost Conscious Care: Optimizing the Electronic Medical Record to Reduce Laboratory Overutilization”
  • Fort Belvoir Community Hospital: “Improve Sterile Instrument and Process Handling”
  • David Grant Medical Center: “Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Program to Reduce Surgical Complications”
  • Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital: “Increase HEDISThe Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).HEDIS Low Back Pain Imaging Compliance at MEDDAC-K”
  • U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield: “Winn Army Community Hospital Clinical Improvement of Low Back Pain”
  • Health Net Federal Services LLC: “Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening by Mailing Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) Home Screening Kits to Beneficiaries”
  • Naval Hospital Pensacola: “Improve HEDIS Antidepressant Medication Management”

Webinar Series

Seven winners will be featured in a three-part webinar series this month hosted by the DoD Patient Safety Program. Please see our calendar of events for details on registering for each session on Jan. 9, 11 and 16 at 1 p.m. EST.

Lt. Brett Sadowski was the team leader for the “High Value Cost Conscious Care: Optimizing the Electronic Medical Record to Reduce Laboratory Overutilization” project at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that will be featured in an upcoming webinar session. “Being recognized by the MHS for what began as a grassroots project to reduce waste in our department and residency program validates the efforts many of our house staff and faculty have made towards improving the care and experience of our patients,” he said.

“By making bold decisions and disrupting traditional practices, our team has illustrated that providers at all levels can find efficient and innovative ways to improve the product that our patients receive,” Sadowski continued. “WRNMMC and the MHS can use lessons learned from this project to design systems within the new electronic medical record [MHS GENESIS®] to curtail waste on a large scale, while allowing reallocation of resources designed to optimize readiness and access. Countless other opportunities can be realized due to the force multiplying potential of limiting waste on a standardized and global scale.”

Military health professionals who participate in the webinar series will learn how USAMEDDAC Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield team is striving to be the benchmark for standardization across the MHS with their “Winn Army Community Hospital Clinical Improvement of Low Back Pain” initiative. The Fort Stewart team is using early access to physical therapy to help soldiers get back to the frontlines faster, which is improving readiness.

About the Awards Program

All military treatment facilities within the MHS, including in-patient, ambulatory health clinics, dental clinics and aeromedical evacuation units, were eligible to submit an application for consideration.  Award selections were made through an internal board process using numerous reviewers with expertise in quality improvement and patient safety, education, data analysis, information management, case/care management, patient experience, patient-centered medical homes, IT, change management, innovation and health care expertise. Winners were selected based on an average score evaluating the abstract, design methods, results, conclusion, sustainability and replication of the initiative to other MHS facilities.

The DoD Patient Safety Program thanks each team that submitted their work for evaluation and encourages all MTFs to continue to lead additional initiatives and consider applying for the 2018 Advancement toward High Reliability Healthcare Awards Program. Nominations will be accepted in spring 2018.

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