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Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross
WSHA VP, Membership and Communications
The association also recognizes hospitals on the Washington state Department of Health’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Honor Roll
SEATTLE – The Washington State Hospital Association honored hospitals with awards recognizing their efforts to achieve high quality care and demonstrate community health leadership during the association’s annual meeting on Oct. 14, 2016, at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. The Achieving Best Care award and Community Health Leadership award are among the association’s highest honors awarded to health care organizations in Washington state.
“We congratulate the hospitals that are being recognized for their deep commitment to providing the best care possible for every patient and ensuring everyone in their community has high quality care,” WSHA President and CEO Scott Bond said. “Washington state hospitals share the goals of ensuring high quality care and patient safety as well as looking at the health of the entire community.”
The Achieving Best Care award seeks to recognize health care organizations that are performing well on a broad variety of measures aimed at providing the best care possible for each and every patient.
“Washington state hospitals have committed to reducing all cause harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent through our Partnership for Patients program,” Bond said. “We congratulate the award winners for their commitment to these goals and their efforts aimed at reducing all cause harm and readmissions.”
The 2016 Achieving Best Care award winners are:
- Capital Medical Center
- EvergreenHealth Monroe
- Forks Community Hospital
- Grays Harbor Community Hospital
- Harrison Medical Center
- Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Network
- Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics
- MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital
- Providence Centralia Hospital
- UW Medicine/University of Washington Medical Center
The association also honored winners of the Community Health Leadership award, which is given annually to health care organizations that are serving their community’s broader health needs in innovative and lasting ways.
“We are extremely proud of how Washington state hospitals are serving the needs of their communities,” Bond said. “This award seeks to recognize organizations that are not just serving patients, but are investing in solutions that improve the health of their entire community.”
The 2016 Community Health Leadership gold award winners and their initiatives are:
- Healthy Children, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics
- The Providence Sexual Assault Clinic and Child Maltreatment Center, Providence St. Peter Hospital
The 2016 Community Health Leadership silver award winners and their initiatives are:
- Cardiopulmonary Services, Sunnyside Community Hospital and Clinics
- John Hughes Student Health Center, Sunnyside Community Hospital and Clinics
- Diabetes Wellness Initiative for Central Washington, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
- Peer Bridgers, Navos and Harborview Medical Center
- Aging Mastery Program, Morton General Hospital
- Highline Health Connections: Care Navigation for Vulnerable Populations, Highline Medical Center
- Medical Unit-1, Confluence Health, Central Washington Hospital
- FD Cares, UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center
- SCH Cancer Center, Sunnyside Community Hospital and Clinics
The association also recognized the state Department of Health (DOH) as an important partner in advancing quality care. Together, the association and the DOH recognized hospitals for their patient safety work in the area of antimicrobial stewardship.
“Antibiotics are amazing, life-saving drugs, but if we’re not careful with how we use them, they will lose their effectiveness,” Bond said. “So we’re glad that the Department of Health is recognizing the work being done by these hospitals to treat infections properly and reduce adverse events.”
The DOH Antimicrobial Stewardship Honor Roll can be found at http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/IllnessandDisease/AntibioticResistance/Stewardship/HonorRoll.
The Washington State Hospital Association works to improve the health of all Washington state residents by being active on key issues of policy and quality. WSHA represents more than 100 hospitals and health systems in the state, including those that are non-profit, investor-owned, and county, state and military hospitals. The Triple Aim guides our members and our work, as we strive to improve the patient experience, improve the health of populations and reduce the cost of health care. Visit www.wsha.org for more information.