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Winner Selection

Winner Selection

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Each year, VHA Georgia recognizes its members that demonstrate best practices in health care improvement. These best practices are submitted as blinded projects that are reviewed and judged by a panel of peer reviewers. Those best practices with the highest aggregate scores are awarded a VHA Georgia Regional Leadership Award.

2014 Award Winners will be selected by a peer review process July 21 through August 8, after which they will be announced and recognized at the 2014 VHA Georgia Leadership Expo in Atlanta, Ga., on September 10.

For previous award recipients, please see below:


2013 Award Recipients
Category: 0-49 Beds
  • 1st Place: Perry Hospital — “Using Lean to Improve Patient Flow through Outpatient Services"
  • 2nd Place: Brooks County Hospital — “Conquering CAUTIs”
  • 3rd Place: Mitchell County Hospital — “Our Journey to Core Measure Success”

Category: 50-149 Beds
  • 1st Place: WellStar Douglas Hospital — “Let’s Get Engaged: Innovative Strategies to Improve Throughput”
  • 2nd Place: WellStar Windy Hill Hospital — “Heparin Administration”
  • 3rd Place: WellStar Douglas Hospital — “Clear Lungs in the Postoperative Patient”

Category: 150-349 Beds
  • 1st Place: Hamilton Medical Center, Inc. — “Decreasing Left Without Treatment Rates in the Emergency Department”
  • 2nd Place: Southeast Georgia Health System - Brunswick Campus — “Take a Shot at Flu & Pneumonia”
  • 3rd Place (tie): Floyd Medical Center — Falls Reduction Program in a Geriatric Psychiatry Unit”
  • 3rd Place (tie): John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital — “Lean Implementation: Grassroots Initiative Driving Results”

Category: Greater than 350 Beds
  • 1st Place: Grady Health System — “Decreasing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Adult Intensive Care through Teamwork and Ownership”
  • 2nd Place: Grady Health System — “Standardizing the Vaccination Screening and Administration Process to Improve Care and Reduce Cost in a Large Community Teaching Hospital”
  • 3rd Place: WellStar Kennestone Hospital — “Implementation of a Nurse Driven Mobility Protocol”

Category: Non-Acute Facilities
  • 1st Place: Houston Medical Center: EduCare Community Health Education — “Faith Community Health Program”
  • 2nd Place: WellStar Paulding Nursing & Rehabilitation Center — “Facility Associated Clostridium Difficile Associated Disease Reduction”
  • 3rd Place: WellStar Paulding Nursing & Rehabilitation Center — “Hardwiring Environment of Care Environmental Audits”
2012 Award Recipients
Category: 0-125 Beds
  • 1st Place: Perry Hospital — “Improving and Sustaining Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Core Measures"
  • 2nd Place: WellStar Douglas Hospital — “Impact of Increased Bed Size Barcode Scanning on Number of Medication Administration C-E Errors”
  • 3rd Place: Grady General Hospital — “The Best Care for Our Patients: Pressure Ulcer Prevention”

Category: 126-250 Beds
  • 1st Place: Houston Healthcare — “Rounding for Clinical Excellence"
  • 2nd Place: Houston Healthcare — “Partnerships for Healthy Pregnancy”
  • 3rd Place: Tift Regional Medical Center — “Wildly Important Goal”

Category: 251-400 Beds
  • 1st Place: South Georgia Medical Center — “Stroke Program”
  • 2nd Place: Gwinnett Medical Center - Lawrenceville — “Reducing 30-Day Readmissions in High Risk Medicare Patients: Focus on Heart Failure, Heart Attack and Pneumonia”
  • 3rd Place: Gwinnett Medical Center - Lawrenceville — “Ensuring Excellence with Rapid Treatment of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) in a New Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Program”

Category: Greater Than 401 Beds
  • 1st Place: Medical Center of Central Georgia — “Zapping VAP and Sustaining It”
  • 2nd Place: Northeast Georgia Health System — “Cardiology Throughput Kaizen Event”
  • 3rd Place: WellStar Kennestone Hospital — “Optimizing Retention Rates and Reducing Length of Orientation Times with the New Graduate Nurse Pipeline Program: A Non-Traditional Approach to On-boarding”

2011 Award Recipients
Best Overall
  • Floyd Medical Center- Using Lean Six Sigma to Reduce Turnaround Times for MRSA/MSSA
  • Hamilton Medical Center- Improvement in Cardiac Patient Outcomes
  • WellStar Cobb Hospital- Blood Conservation Improving Safety and Quality Through Evidence based Electronic order Sets

Best Results and Outcomes
  • Floyd Medical Center- Reducing Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)
  • Hamilton Medical Center- Improvement in Cardiac Patient Outcomes
  • WellStar Paulding- Administrative Approach to Physician Engagement

Most Innovative
  • DeKalb Medical - Four Disciplines of Execution Improves patient Satisfaction Scores
  • Floyd Medical Center - Assisting Patients with Their Insurance or COBRA Premiums
  • WellStar Cobb Hospital - Blood Conservation Improving Safety and Quality Through Evidence based Electronic order Sets

Most Sustainable
  • Floyd Medical Center- Using Lean Six Sigma to Reduce Turnaround Times for MRSA/MSSA
  • University Health, Inc.- Infection Risk Reduction for Breast Surgery Patients
  • WellStar Health System - Reduction of Elective Deliveries Before 39 Weeks gestation Using a Multi-Faceted Quality Improvement Approach 

Most Transferable
  • Floyd Medical Center - Reducing Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)
  • Grady Health System - Escalation and De-Escalation Plan for Carbapenem-Resistant Gram Negative Organisms in Critical Care
  • WellStar Cobb Hospital - Radiology Ambassador Program
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