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Beebe recognizes Employee Quality Initiatives at quality and safety awards banquet

Monday December 3, 2012
Photos courtesy of Beebe Medical Center
The Hand-Off Communication team leader was Margaret Porter, RN, nurse manager of the med/surg unit. While all members of the unit have taken part in the initiative, the original eight core team members were Amy Balasus, RN; Tara Bower, RN; Linda Butts; Jen Gray; Colleen Murphy; Joanna Robertson, RN; and Michele Robertson, RN.
Photos courtesy of Beebe Medical Center The Hand-Off Communication team leader was Margaret Porter, RN, nurse manager of the med/surg unit. While all members of the unit have taken part in the initiative, the original eight core team members were Amy Balasus, RN; Tara Bower, RN; Linda Butts; Jen Gray; Colleen Murphy; Joanna Robertson, RN; and Michele Robertson, RN.
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The Coordination of Care Initiative team leader was Megan Williams, FNP-COPC, director of population health. Other team members were: Dianne Bane, RN; Andrew Lightfoot; Linda Sapienza, RN; and Beth West, RN. Pictured from left to right are Stephen Fanto, MD, chairman of the board of directors’ quality and safety committee, Bane, Williams and Jeffrey M. Fried, president and CEO of Beebe Medical Center.
Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., recognized nurses and other employees for their dedication and commitment to patient care during the third annual quality and safety awards banquet recently held at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

The three award-winning teams were:

• "Hand-Off Communication" – which focused on improving the method of how nurses share patients’ medical information with other nurses and the patients at shift change;

• "Medical Staff Quality Measures" – which focused on the creation of a medical staff committee that is responsible for the measurement, evaluation and oversight of the competency and performance of medical providers through a multispecialty approach with an emphasis on the pursuit of excellence and collegial learning;

• "Coordination of Care Initiative" – which implemented actions to improve and maintain the health of patients who have chronic illnesses such as heart failure after they are discharged from the hospital.

The evening represented the culmination of a year’s work by 11 teams made up of more than 75 Beebe team members who had designed and implemented process improvement initiatives affecting the quality of patient care.

A member of each team presented information on each project.


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