October 8, 2015

Awards Recognize Florida Hospitals and Leaders Innovating Care and Saving Lives

14 Recognized by Florida Hospital Association at Annual Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards

Groundbreaking care innovations, dedication to implementing lifesaving protocols, commitment to wellness in the community, and initiatives to drive greater efficiency were a few of the achievements recognized today at the Florida Hospital Association's (FHA) annual Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards. 

The program recognized caregivers, hospital trustees, and hospitals across the state that have achieved notable successes in improving quality and patient safety, made significant impacts on their local communities, engaged hospital staff, transformed care delivery and increased efficiency. Awards were given to 14 people and hospitals at the event, which was held during the FHA Annual Meeting. Highlights include:

  • A program to provide uninsured patients with critical follow-up care, medication assistance and disease management services.
  • An initiative to provide free health screenings to nearly 500 underserved men annually.
  • An effort to reduce wait time for children in the emergency department by working with specially trained paramedics the moment a child walks in the door.

"Every day, Florida caregivers and trustees work to deliver the best quality care at the best value," said Bruce Rueben, FHA president. "The hospitals and leaders recognized this year have demonstrated innovative ways to impact patient care and their communities."

The honorees included: 

Caregivers of the Year
For the first time, two awards were giving to recognize exceptional caregivers. Dr. William Blanchard with Sacred Heart Health System was honored for his work in founding his hospital's pediatric cardiology program thirty-five years ago. He was also the first cardiologist to practice at the hospital. View more.

Dr. Brijesh Mehta from Memorial Healthcare System was recognized for his work to revolutionize stroke protocols that deliver time-sensitive treatments at Memorial's Comprehensive Stroke Center. View more.

Trustees of the Year
Two trustees were honored, including Mariann MacDonald, chair of Naples Community Healthcare System. She embodies the very best qualities of a hospital trustee - commitment, inclusive leadership and focus to improve the care in her community. She is a key champion of the community's effort to join the Blue Zone Project. View more.

Trustee Richard Sisisky, board member of Baptist Health in Jacksonville, is a passionate leader, focused on the delivery of better health care in north Florida. Through his work, Richard helped define the affiliations between Baptist Health, Flagler Hospital and Southeast Georgia Health System - with the goal of improving population health in the region. View more.

Community Benefit Achievement (Under 150 Beds)
Florida Hospital Apopka Community Lung Clinic provides uninsured patients with critical follow-up care, medication assistance, disease management and pulmonary rehabilitation services. Over the past two years, the clinic has seen 511 patients and donated over $2.9 million in volunteer hours, goods and services. View more.

Community Benefit Achievement (Over 150 Beds)
Each year, Moffitt Cancer Center collaborates with local community-based organizations to provide free health screenings, services and resources to medically underserved men. In 2015, the Men's Health Forum reached nearly 500 men in its community. View more.

Innovation of the Year in Patient Care (Under 150 Beds)
A new program in the Nemours Children's Hospital Emergency Department has saved nearly 500 hours of wait time and resulted in higher patient satisfaction scores. The success is all thanks to a specially trained group of paramedics who help children receive personalized care from the moment they come through the door. View more.

Innovation of the Year in Patient Care (Over 150 Beds)
As the only hospital in St. Johns County, Flagler Hospital has a distinct responsibility to deliver fast, efficient, high-quality emergency care. Flagler's Physician First Emergency Care Program has cut patient wait time in half and significantly reduced the number of patients who leave without receiving care. View more.

Leadership in Quality and Patient Safety (Under 150 Beds)
Working with all departments, Florida Hospital Carrollwood's executive team has empowered staff to enhance safety measures and reporting. This includes the creation of patient safety and rapid response teams. As a result, the hospital has seen marked improvement in all areas of patient care. View more.

Leadership in Quality and Patient Safety (Over 150 Beds)
Cape Coral Hospital utilizes the optimal healing environment framework and Lean Program to increase patient safety and employee wellness. With a focus on clinical excellence, nutrition, physical activity and a better environment, Cape Coral Hospital has received national and statewide recognition for its patient safety initiatives. View more.

Best Hospital Workplace (Under 150 Beds)
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel provides an environment that maximizes healing, patient care and community wellness. The hospital is dedicated to the engagement of its employees, caregivers and volunteers. This builds on its strong vision to focus on the best care possible for patients. View more.

Best Hospital Workplace (Over 150 Beds)
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare embarked on a journey to streamline processes with the goal of delivering the highest level of patient care in their community. Results from the hospital's most recent Press Ganey Survey prove the effort has paid off. Scores are up in several categories, including employee satisfaction and confidence in leadership. View more.




About the Florida Hospital Association

The Florida Hospital Association is comprised of over 200 hospitals and health systems from across the state. Through representation and advocacy, education, and informational services, we support the mission of our members to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. For more information, visit www.fha.org.