Quality Blog
By KHAAdmin on 9/11/2019 3:09 PM
Lee-Chestnut Receiving Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Heather Lee-Chestnut, a performance excellence engineer at Med Center Health, as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Lee-Chestnut was nominated by Melissa Allen, an APRN in infection prevention at Med Center Health, who explained why she deserved the award:

"Heather has helped lead our CLABSI prevention team since the beginning of the year. While she's not clinical, her expertise is in Distribution and Quality. She has absorbed the clinical information so quickly and has helped the nursing team see our opportunities to improve in a different manner. Heather has embraced the mission of eliminating central line infections and has worked diligently to help move our systems towards our goal of zero CLABSI. Without...
By KHAAdmin on 8/6/2019 2:41 PM
Kerr Receives Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Patti Kerr, Bluegrass Community Hospital, as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Kerr was nominated by Angie Ingram, Quality Director, who elaborated on why she truly deserved the award:

Patti Kerr brings a leadership background to the ICN role providing education and support to our staff, physicians and patients. She works hand in hand with our EVS, Central Sterile and Laboratory staffs in quality control monitoring and process improvement activities. This is demonstrated in the skill and knowledge in these departments in their role in patient safety as well as our low and sustained HAI rates.

Congratulations to Kerr and all the Bluegrass Community Hospital staff for their quality health care achievements!

Pictured are:  Joanne...
By KHAAdmin on 8/6/2019 2:24 PM

Cowherd Receives Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and KHIIN group recently recognized Chelse Cowherd, RN at Spring View Hospital as the lastest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Cowherd was nominated by Samantha Port, Director, QRM and Women's Center, who elaborated on why Cowherd truly deserved the award:

By KHAAdmin on 8/5/2019 9:00 AM
The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) held its yearly Awards Luncheon on May 10, as part of the 90th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. During the event, six hospitals from across the state were recognized with KHA Quality Awards. This award is presented to honor hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment in patient care.

This year’s recipients were:

EM James B Haggin Hospital  Epraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital, Harrodsburg, in the Critical Access Hospital Category    Rockcastle Hospital Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Center , Mt. Vernon, in the Under 100 Beds Category...
By KHAAdmin on 4/3/2019 3:29 PM
Sokhon Pok receiving Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Sokhon Pok, at T. J. Samson Community Hospital, as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Pok was nominated by Andrea Purchis, T. J. Samson Infection Preventionist, who elaborated on why he deserved the award:

"I am so proud to have Sokhon Pok at our hospital. He is an exemplary nurse. On my daily rounds I assess foley needs on our patients. Every single time I have mentioned to Sokhon that his patient's foley has the capability to come out, he has it out within the hour. He never gives accuses for patient safety and he understands the risk of leaving these devices in."

Congratulations to Pok and all the T. J. Samson Community Hospital Hospital staff for their quality health care achievements!

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By KHAAdmin on 12/19/2018 10:37 AM
Brenda Johnson Receives AwardKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Brenda Jones, Risk Manager at Jewish Hospital, as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Jones was nominated by Erin Stanley, Jewish Hospital Pharmacist, who elaborated on why she truly deserved the award:

"Brenda has exemplified numerous characteristics that qualify her for this award. She consistently goes above and beyond to promote patient safety for this organization. This has most recently been demonstrated through her working with the Human Resources team to provide education to hospital managers and leaders surrounding the Just Culture model, where cases were presented and participants had the opportunity to demonstrate their follow-up, which is often very challenging depending on the error. Next, Brenda has been instrumental...
By KHAAdmin on 11/10/2018 10:24 AM
Slone Receives Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Sherry Slone, House Manager at ARH Our Lady of the Way Hospital as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Slone was nominated by Billie Turner, chief nursing offiver for her efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital.

As per Turner, Slone performs at a high level of accountability in almost all the categories highlighted by the Patient Safety Hero Award. She leads the facility's 16 safety coaches and takes responsibility for educating them and keeping them up to date as well as assisting all of them in completing their weekly reports. Slone has been heavily involved in Saint Joseph Martin's sepsis improvement efforts. She currently reviews all sepsis diagnosis charts for compliance with their sepsis bundle and also assists in educating staff and physicians regarding sepsis criteria and treatment. In addition, she has identified patients in real time who meet the criteria and worked with physicians to assure they receive the fluid bolus and other appropriate treatment. Turner noted, "Sherry always has the safety of the patient at the forefront and is a true asset to our organization. Receiving this [award] would be a great recognition for the hard work and dedication Sherry contributes to the safety of patients in our organization."

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By KHAAdmin on 10/5/2018 10:26 AM
Patient Safety Hero Awardees Plummer and OsborneKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Christopher Plummer, mental health technician, and Jerry Osborne, security officer, at Our Lady of Peace (OLOP) as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardees. They were both nominated by Jason Underwood, Assessment and Referral Center supervisor at OLOP, for their response to a life-threatening situation.

A patient arrived to the Our Lady of Peace Assessment and Referral Center to be assessed. While sitting in the waiting area, it was discovered that the patient was not breathing. A Code Blue was called and Plummer immediately lowered the patient to the floor and began CPR. He began chest compressions while Osborne was positioned to start rescue breathing. After Plummer administered 20 chest compressions, the patient began...
By KHAAdmin on 5/11/2018 2:50 PM
The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) held its yearly Awards Luncheon on May 11, as part of the 89th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. During the event, six hospitals from across the state were recognized with KHA Quality Awards. This award is presented to honor hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment in patient care.

This year’s recipients were:

ARH Our Lady of the Way Hospital , Martin, in the Critical Access Hospital Category; Rockcastle Regional Hospital , Mt. Vernon, in the Under 100 Beds Category; Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center , Danville, in the 100 to 250 Beds Category; Norton Audubon Hospital , Louisville, in the Over 250 Beds Category; Our Lady of Peace , Louisville, in the Psychiatric Care Category; and Continuing Care Hospital , Lexington, in the Post-Acute Care Category. These six hospitals...
By KHAAdmin on 1/11/2018 10:25 AM
David Nicholson Award Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized David Nicholson, staff educator at The Ridge Behavioral Health System as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Nicholson was nominated by Kellie Holland, associate administrator at The Ridge, for being instrumental in creating a culture of safety for both patients and staff.

Nicholson is committed to reducing incidents of seclusion, restraint, patient aggression with injury and patient aggression without injury. To achieve these objectives, he focuses on non-physical forms of de-escalation in a crisis and helps staff prioritize when to use physical interventions. 

Nicholson volunteered for training to be an instructor for both Handle With Care (HWC) and Verbal De-escalation. Within two weeks of becoming...