Awards and Accolades: July 2011

July 27, 2011

A compilation of recent awards and accolades related to healthcare associated infections, infection control or patient safety.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, North Carolina.  Pitt County Memorial Hospital received recognition for its proactive efforts against MRSA. The hospital was presented an “Excellence in MRSA Reduction” award by the National Health Care Alliance.

The Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership was awarded to the Iowa and Washington State Hospital Associations for their concerted efforts at improving patient safety and a commitment to transparency. The award will be presented at the 2011 Health Forum–AHA Leadership Summit.

AHA board member Jonathan Perlin, M.D., who chaired the multidisciplinary selection committee, says the two organizations—which tied for first when scored in the areas of strategic and tactical planning, quality measures, geographical impact, sustainability and innovation—stood out for similar reasons.

 “Both are leaders in terms of cultivating transparency in areas like health care-associated infections and creating a public dialogue about the importance of avoiding them,” says Perlin, president of the clinical and physician services group and chief medical officer at HCA. “Both were also unique in terms of achieving high statewide levels of influenza immunizations among staff.”

 Specifically, Washington hospitals’ efforts since 2005 to reduce central-line and ventilator-associated infections have resulted in 318 lives saved and a cost savings of $53 million. All Washington hospitals have adopted the World Health Organization’s standardized surgical checklist, participate in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100,000 and 5 Million Lives campaigns, and are transparent with surgical-site infection rates. Also, 70 percent of Washington health care staff were immunized against the flu during the 2009-2010 flu season, versus 45 percent in a typical season.

 The Iowa Hospital Association joined with the state medical society five years ago to launch the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative focused on improving quality, patient safety and value in the state. IHC, whose board includes members of the business and physician communities as well as consumer and third-party payer representatives, enjoys diverse stakeholder buy-in and was the first model of its kind in the country.

Derek Butler is named “Man of the Year for charity work.” Derek Butler has been named the International Man of the Year based on his involvement in the charity MRSA Action UK, a United Kingdom charity that represents victims and dependents of healthcare infections.

Derek helped establish the charity following the death of his step-father due to MRSA and in 2007 was appointed as chairman.

He said: “The charity aims to raise public awareness of healthcare infections, campaigns for safety standards and supports victims and dependants.”

The charity has evolved to become far more pro-active in its approach to lobbying politicians and drug companies to highlight the issues associated with MRSA, which has included Derek visiting 10 Downing Street to talk to policy advisers. In addition to attending quarterly trustee meetings, meeting with government ministers and health officials and attending conferences, Derek finds a lot of his spare time is spent dealing with phone queries for information and assistance.

Do you know of an individual or healthcare organization recently receiving an award due to participation or involvement in the fight against healthcare-associated infections.  Please let us know by emailing

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