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HAP Announces 2016 Achievement Award Winners

August 18, 2016

Pennsylvania hospitals recognized for health care initiatives that are making a difference

Pennsylvania hospitals continuously work to adopt and implement forward-thinking initiatives in order to provide high-quality, more affordable health care to patients. 

HAP recognizes these innovative efforts through its respected Achievement Awards program, which began in 1978.

Annual winners are chosen for Community Champions, Optimal Operations, In Safe Hands, and Excellence in Care awards. The Living the Vision Award is earned by one hospital that demonstrates accomplishments in all dimensions of the Triple Aim—improving population health and the patient experience, while reducing health care costs.

“This year, we had 121 HAP Achievement Awards program submissions, which proves that hospitals and health systems across the commonwealth continue to prioritize health care innovation and process improvement in their organizations,” said HAP President and CEO Andy Carter. “I feel honored to lead an association that represents a membership that is committed to the communities it serves and implements meaningful change. Congratulations to the winners and all who submitted entries.”

Twelve winning submissions were selected this year. The 2016 HAP Achievement Awards program winners and their programs are:

Community Champions Award:

  • St. Luke’s Hospital—Miners Campus, Coaldale—Vision for the Future—Connecting Students to Vision Shuttle Care Through Community Partnerships in a Rural Setting
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, Pittsburgh—Improving Access to Early Childhood Mental Health & Trauma Treatment Services
  • Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia—Turning Point

Optimal Operations Award:

  • Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia—Enhancing Safe and Effective Oncology Pharmacy Services for an Expanding Community Hospital Cancer Program
  • Lancaster General Health, Lancaster—Transforming Care for Low Back Pain: A New Population Health Model

In Safe Hands Award:

  • UPMC Northwest, Seneca—Mobile Meetings: A Peer-to-Peer Approach to Falls and Injury Reduction
  • St. Luke’s University Health Network, Bethlehem—Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Device (IPCD) Wear-Time: Decreasing VTE Rates in Major Orthopedic Surgical Cases

Excellence in Care Award:

  • JC Blair Health System, Huntingdon—The HOPE Project: Achieving Healthier Outcomes Physically and Emotionally through an Integrated Behavioral Health Approach
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, Pittsburgh—Blending Innovative Technology in Routine Clinical Care: Improving Mutual Decision Making and Individualized Treatment in the Psychiatric Hospital Setting
  • Mercy Health System, Conshohocken—Sepsis: A Health System’s Journey Toward Optimal Patient Care & Outcomes
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown—Better Care for the Hospitalized Dying Patient

Living the Vision Award:

  • Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia—Achieving the Triple Aim: It Takes a Team

Entries were evaluated by a 15-judge panel representing the public and private sectors, health care and business organizations, and for-profit and nonprofit entities. For more information about the program and award categories, see the 2016 Call for Entries.

The awards will be presented to the winners at ceremonies during the next several months.


Katie Byrnes (statewide)
(717) 561-5342
Twitter: @HAP_Media

Priscilla Koutsouradis (southeast)
(215) 575-3743
Twitter: @DVHCupdates

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