WSHA accepting applications for Rural Quality Everyday Extraordinary Award

February 2, 2023

WSHA is now accepting applications for the Everyday Extraordinary Award, which recognizes a rural hospital completing an exceptional quality improvement project. Successful applications should outline a project addressing a significant problem, employ a data-driven approach, consider culture of safety in implementing a solution and explain what results were achieved. Additionally, they should ideally be scalable for wider adaptation by other rural hospitals. Last year’s winner was Providence Mount Carmel Hospital for their fall prevention program.

This award is given out once a year, and we accept applications year-round. We are currently encouraging applications for our 2023 Award, which will be presented at the WSHA Rural Hospital Leadership Conference in Chelan, June 27-28. Applications are due by April 1.

Qualified submissions will demonstrate successful implementation of strategies that have produced performance improvement related to patient safety. This may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Improving access to care for vulnerable patients (e.g. patients who are pregnant, parenting, geriatric; those who have behavior health or substance use disorders)
  • Reducing adverse events (e.g. medication errors, falls, pressure ulcers, infections)
  • Addressing root causes of near miss, adverse or sentinel events (e.g. communication, workflow, human factor innovation, reconfiguration of space)
  • Using multidisciplinary teams to implement new strategies for emerging patient health needs (e.g. sepsis response teams, COVID-19, multi-visit patient readmissions)
  • Managing population health across the care continuum (e.g. diabetes, complex case management, COPD)

All rural WSHA member hospitals and health systems are invited to participate. Multiple applications from the same organization are accepted.

Please contact Megan Herman at with any questions. (Megan Herman)


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