Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is among six healthcare facilities nationwide honored with the 2013 American Excess Insurance Exchange Risk Management Award from Premier Insurance Management Services Inc. for enhancing the quality of patient care. The award was presented to the professional nursing staff for a project to prevent pressure ulcers, which reduced costs and enhanced patient safety. The project resulted in no pressure ulcers during the time of assessment.
“I am proud of the hospitals achievement in enhancing the quality of care for our patients,” Britt Berrett, PhD, president at Texas Health Dallas, said in a news release. “This award is exciting for all the clinicians and employees here who come to work every day to improve the lives of the people in our community.”
Texas Health Dallas representatives honored at Premiers 2013 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition included the hospitals CNO Cole Edmonson, RN, DNP, FACHE, NEA-BC; Debbie Kelp, RN, a clinical nurse in the hospitals ED; and Cynthia Ekes, RN, BSN, MA, NEA-BC, director of acute medical nursing.
As part of the annual conference held in June in San Antonio, they joined a select group of presenters from across the country to share their nurse-led, award-winning project. “Im honored to practice with an exemplary team of nurses, physicians on the hospitals medical staff and other healthcare professionals who together designed and implemented this innovative program at the bedside,” Edmonson said in the release. “This award is confirmation that were bringing to fruition the Future of Nursing report by the Institute of Medicine that recommends nurses lead change and advance health.”
Premier is a national performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and 84,000 healthcare sites that collaborate to share best practices for high-quality, cost-effective care.
“Our participation in this program has given us an opportunity to see how we compare against other health facilities in the nation,” Joan Clark, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, senior vice president and CNE for Texas Health Resources, a parent organization of Texas Health Dallas, said in the release. “This recognition is one example of how Texas Health hospitals are constantly raising the bar for the quality of care we provide to the communities we serve.” •