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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!

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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 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 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...
By KHAAdmin on 11/10/2017 10:18 AM
Teresa Daniels Receives PSH Award

KHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Teresa Daniels, infection prevention (IP) at Clark Regional Medical Center and Bourbon Community Hospital as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Daniels was nominated by Vicki Breeding, director of EVS and Amy Kenney, director of Laboratory Services at Clark Regional Hospital, for her efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital.

Daniels was recognized for her outstanding service to the facility not only as IP but also as an invaluable asset to the EVS director and staff. She has worked tirelessly to educate and empower EVS staff to help them realize how critically important it is for them to do their jobs completely and thoroughly, every time. She has an annual infection control education class for EVS staff to review...
By KHAAdmin on 10/9/2017 10:18 AM
Nordam Receives Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Eric Nordman, antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist at St. Elizabeth Edgewood as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee.  Tracie Shelton, director of patient safety/accreditation and infection control nominated Nordman for his efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital.  

As per Shelton, Nordman holds a Bachelor’s degree and MBA from Northern Kentucky University, and he holds a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati. He served as the Antimicrobial Stewardship Team Lead for the Quality Transformation C-diff initiative. He met with and educated hospitalists and gastroenterologists on appropriate testing and best practice ordering protocols for C-diff. He created an EPIC report to identify patients with...
By KHAAdmin on 9/15/2017 10:16 AM
Sherri Boggs Receives Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Sherri Boggs, quality, risk and safety manager at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Louisville as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Boggs was nominated by Keith Rankin, the hospital's director of nursing, for her efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the facility.  

Rankin called Boggs the "crown jewel" in the efforts that have gone into the building of a great safety culture at Our Lady of Peace over the last 5+ years. She has led the journey by taking the reins and keeping all other leaders and departments on a steady track for success. When starting their "Safety First" journey, the measures that were in place to review events and prevent harm were mediocre at best Rankin noted. It seemed as though serious safety events were frequent and that processes were examined infrequently. Boggs was a key piece of transforming that culture and as a result, OLOP has grown into a facility that places safety at the front of care. Their patients feel safe and the facts show this,. The hospital has extended its time without a Serious Safety Event to over 400 days, which is an incredible feat in a facility with such a high-risk population. 

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By KHAAdmin on 8/31/2017 10:15 AM
Sts Mary and Elizabeth Team Receives Patient Safety Hero Awards

KHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Brooke Roberts, Joshua Veilleux, Sam Gabbert and Sonya Downs at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital as Patient Safety Hero Awardees. All were nominated by Twinetta Nusz, program manager of patient safety, for their efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital. Congratulations to all of the awardees and the entire team at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital for all of their patient safety successes.  

Roberts Receives Patient Safety Hero AwardTo nominate a member of your hospital's team, please visit the K-HIIN Patent Safety...
By KHAAdmin on 8/16/2017 10:14 AM
Griffith Receives Patient Safety Hero Award

KHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Amy Griffith, RN, from Rockcastle Regional Hospital as the newest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Griffith was nominated by Tammy Brock, the hospital's quality/patient safety director, for her efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital. Brock noted that Griffith has taken the lead role in reducing readmissions in the organization and discharge phone calls are a huge part of that. 

Griffith was instrumental in instituting a new discharge call system, training and implementing the system, analyzing the data from the system and more. Griffith discovered the hospital's patients did not understand the medication sheet that was sent home with them, so she worked to create a better discharge medication sheet. She has taken over the role as a "care manager" and makes sure the discharged patients have everything they need to be successful at home. In one instance, a wife could not get her husband to his follow-up doctor's appointment, so Griffith worked with the doctor's office and the office's nurse practitioner was able to make a home visit.  

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By KHAAdmin on 8/10/2017 10:13 AM
Donna Davis Receives Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and the Kentucky Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (K-HIIN) recently recognized Donna Davis, chief nursing officer at Georgetown Community Hospital with a Patient Safety Hero. Davis was nominated by Georgetown's CEO William Haugh for her efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital. 

Per Haugh, Davis was the first CNO within LifePoint Health to become a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) by the National Patient Safety Board. In 2016, she led way for Georgetown Community Hospital to reduce the overall HEN HAC rate to 3.719 per 1,000 patient days, which was a 35% reduction from 2015. She also lead the organization to an overall readmission rate of 4.1% in 2016, which is below the national average and the 2015 GCH rate of 5.5%. Finally,...