The Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) presented Excellence in Quality awards to five hospitals during its recent annual convention on Nov. 9. This award recognizes exceptional efforts to improve outcomes in clinical quality performance practices, capabilities, and results and represents the highest level of professional acknowledgement from the OHA Council on Quality & Patient Safety.
Twenty-eight OHA member hospital award application submissions were scored based on their story of identification of a project specific to identified needs within the hospital, creating innovative interventions that incorporate evidence-based best practices, demonstrating measurable and quantifiable results, sustaining/spreading the success within the hospital, and stimulating learning for others.
Five award categories were recognized, four based on number of beds, and one for innovation. (STORY CONTINUES BELOW)

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“The goals of the awards are to recognize outcomes in clinical quality performance practices, capabilities, and results, share best clinical practices, challenges, and successes among Oklahoma hospitals, and stimulate innovation, knowledge and learning in achieving clinical quality and safety in health care among member hospitals,” said Patrice Greenawalt, OHA clinical initiatives manager.

2022 awardees for Excellence in Quality are:

Critical Access Hospital and Under 25 beds:
Fairview Regional Medical Center
Project Title: Patient Fall Reduction for Med/Surg UnitSubmitted by: Sarah-Marie Gerard, RN, BSN

26-100 beds:
Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Altus
Project Title: Clostridioides Difficile: Appropriate Testing, Treatment, and Teaching
Submitted by: Shelley Simmons, chief nursing officer

101-300 beds:
Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health, Oklahoma City
Project Title: Pressure Injury Awareness: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Tracking, Treatment, and Reduction
Submitted by: Kristi Booker, director of quality

More than 300 beds:
OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Project Title: VTE Reduction in an Academic Level 1 Trauma Center
Submitted by: Todd Roberts, vice president of quality & patient safety

Innovation in Demonstrating Clinical Quality and Patient Outcomes:
Norman Regional Health System
Project Title: Reducing Delirium Complications in the Hip Fracture Population Utilizing ED Pain Blocks
Submitted by: Cathy Snapp, orthopedic program administrator