HRMC Quality Health Fair Winners Anounced
July 01, 2016
Huron, S.D. – “Lost in Translation,” was the winning entry in Huron Regional Medical Center’s Quality Health Fair on June 16, according to Dennise Brock, RN, education coordinator for HRMC.
“I was so pleased with the interest and presentations,” said Brock. “You could see, hear and feel the passion behind each of these projects as the teams provided presentations.”
The winning project, “Lost in Translation,” was developed and presented by HRMC’s dialysis unit staff Vicki Diekhoff, Kelsey Hupp, Jan Smidt, Erin Krull, Velma Kneen, Yvonne McDonald and Director Cathy Perry. The project goals were to increase Karen patient and family satisfaction through Karen interpretation and translation while improving workflow and communication. The team received a cash award of $1,000 for earning first place.
A total of 10 projects were submitted, some featuring continuous quality improvement, aimed at enhancing service, safety and patient care. Projects were visually displayed for employees and the public to view. The teams were judged by Laurie Shelton, Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau CEO, Laurie Solem, Sunquest Healthcare administrator and Lauren Marquardt, HRMC health and safety assistant. Second place was awarded to “Car Seat Program,” presented by Pam Poulisse, RN, and Jen Kahre, who work in HRMC’s maternity services. The aim of the project was to ensure all newborns born at HRMC leave in properly fitting car seats. Poulisse and Kahre were trained as certified car seat technicians and distributed and installed 57 car seats in a year to Huron and the surrounding communities, along with educating all parents on usage and safety of their infant car seats. Second place was a $500 cash award.
Third place went to “Breastfeeding,” developed and presented by Teri Eichstadt, RN, a maternity nurse at HRMC. The goal of the project was to provide mothers and families with education and support needed in the post-partum period to increase breastfeeding success rates and take steps toward the National Baby Friendly Initiative. The project resulted in a newborn breastfeeding policy which provides evidenced-based practice guidelines. Assisting Eichstadt in the project were Jean Mitchell, Tanya Blue, Rebekah Storm and Rebecca Jones. Third place prize was a $250 cash award.
“I am so pleased with the interest and enthusiasm of this first year of our quality fair,” explained Gail Robeson, RN, MBA, vice president of patient services for HRMC. “I am so proud of all of the staff who continually strive to deliver personalized, quality and safe care to our patients.”
Projects presentation boards are on display throughout the hospital and the public are invited and encouraged to stop by and view the information. For details, contact Brock at 353-6326.
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