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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.

2015 Award Winners will be selected by a peer review process July 27 through August 17, after which they will be announced and recognized at the 2015 VHA Georgia Leadership Expo in Atlanta, Ga., on September 17.

For previous award recipients, please see below:


2014 Award Recipients
Category: 0-49 Beds (Acute Facilities) and Non-Acute Facilities
  • 1st Place: Houston Healthcare (Perry Hospital) – “Increasing Patient Satisfaction and Throughput in the Emergency Department with Immediate Bedding”
  • 2nd Place: Floyd Medical Center (Limb Preservation Clinic) – “Outcomes of a Nurse Practitioner Driven Limb Preservation Clinic In Northwest Georgia”
  • 3rd Place: Southeast Georgia Health System-Camden Campus – “Improving HCAHPS: One Patient at a Time”

Category: 50-149 Beds
  • 1st Place: Grady General Hospital – “Birth of a New Early Elective Delivery Rate”
  • 2nd Place: WellStar Douglas Hospital – “Stabilization of the Sick Newborn”
  • 3rd Place: WellStar Douglas Hospital – “Surge Protection: Overcoming Throughput Barriers in the Hospital Macro System”

Category: 150-349 Beds
  • 1st Place: Floyd Medical Center – “Reducing Sepsis Mortality”
  • 2nd Place: Hamilton Health Care System, Inc. – “NICU Multidisciplinary Rounds”
  • 3rd Place: Southeast Georgia Health System-Brunswick Campus – “Minimizing Complications and Improving Maternal and Newborn Outcomes: Reducing Elective Deliveries After 37 Weeks and Before 39 Weeks of Gestation”

Category: Greater than 350 Beds
  • 1st Place: Medical Center of Central Georgia – “Embedded Infection Preventionist in the OR”
  • 2nd Place: WellStar Kennestone Hospital – “COPD Care Management Across the Continuum”
  • 3rd Place: University Health Care System – “Sweet Success Diabetes Program”
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”
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