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News Release: HAP Announces 2018 Achievement Award Winners

May 10, 2018

As Pennsylvania’s health care landscape changes at an increasingly rapid pace, the commonwealth’s hospitals are rising to the challenge through innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) annually recognizes these efforts through its esteemed Achievement Awards program, which began during 1978.

Winners were chosen for Community Champions, Optimal Operations, In Safe Hands, and Excellence in Care. The “Living the Vision Award” recognized one hospital that demonstrated accomplishments in all dimensions of the Triple Aim of improving population health and the patient experience while reducing health care costs.

“A hospital’s work extends far beyond the four walls of its building. These facilities constantly are working to find ways to lift up their communities and revolutionize health care in Pennsylvania. This year’s HAP Achievement Award recipients represent the cutting edge of hospital innovation. We congratulate the winners and thank all of the hospitals that submitted entries,” said Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO.

Twelve winning programs were selected from 91 entries this year.

The 2018 HAP Achievement Award winners are:

Community Champions Award

  • UPMC Cole, Coudersport, for Partnering for a Healthier Community
  • UPMC Passavant, Pittsburgh, for It Takes a Village to Raise Awareness: Making Colon Cancer Screening Easy and Accessible

Optimal Operations Award

  • St. Luke’s HospitalQuakertown Campus, Quakertown, for Perioperative Services First Case Start Performance Improvement
  • Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, for 1 to 1 Supervision Reduction at an Acute Rehabilitation Hospital
  • St. Luke’s HospitalAllentown Campus, Allentown, for Improving Sepsis Core Measure Compliance through the Use of a Predictive Analytic-supported Sepsis Alert Protocol

In Safe Hands Award

  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center, Philadelphia, for Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) Eliminates Clostridium difficile Infections (CDI) in an Oncology Hospital
  • UPMC St. Margaret, Pittsburgh, for Improving the Medication History Intake Process
  • St. Luke's University Hospital, Bethlehem, for Save a Kidney—Orthopedic Total Joint Acute Kidney Injury Reduction

Excellence in Care Award

  • Titusville Area Hospital, Titusville, for Enhancing Emergency Care: Because Seconds Count in an Emergency
  • Washington Health System, Washington, for Ambulatory Heart Failure: Pathway to a Better Life
  • St. Luke’s University Health Network, Bethlehem, for Don't Just Do Something - STAND THERE: Reducing Incidence of Pneumothoraces in High Risk Newborns

Living the Vision Award

  • Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, Philadelphia, for Progressive Mobility: Evidence Based Program Improves Outcomes in Critically Ill Patients

Entries were evaluated by a 16-judge panel. The panelists, drawn from Pennsylvania and across the nation, represented the public and private sectors, business organizations, consumer groups, and renowned health care quality institutes.

Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on May 22 during HAP’s annual Leadership Summit.

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