For the second consecutive year, Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md., was recognized for its patient safety initiatives and quality-improvement efforts after being presented with the 2014 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement by the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland, according to a news release.
Columbus Giles, MD, Delmarva Foundation chief medical officer, presented the award to members of Carroll Hospital Centers executive team Sept. 8.
The award honors individual hospitals that excel in patient safety and quality improvement. To receive the award, the hospital met specific performance improvement criteria on 10 measures in four national inpatient clinical areas including heart failure, surgical care improvement, pneumonia and immunization, according to the release.
About 20 hospital staff members attended the presentation including employees from the nursing and quality-improvement departments and members of the hospitals executive team.
This was a difficult award to win but due to our staffs overwhelming dedication to providing our patients with the highest quality care and the exceptional teamwork of all of our departments we were able to achieve it, Leslie Simmons, RN, FACHE, Carroll Hospital Center president and CEO, said at the presentation. It not only means a great deal to our hospital but also to our patients.