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2014 Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence in Health Care Announced

August 1, 2014

Ten finalists have been selected for the Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence in Health Care, which in 2014 recognize frontline workers in the greater Pittsburgh area who elevate and disseminate best practices in infection control or pain management. Winning teams from among these finalists will be chosen by a national panel of experts in infection control and pain management – two quality measures that influence whether providers receive incentive payments or incur penalties from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Winning teams must show evidence of sustainable quality improvement.

Established by The Fine Foundation and JHF in 2008, the Fine Awards annually honor teams that catalyze system-wide change through innovative quality improvement initiatives aimed at delivering safer, more efficient, and patient-focused care.  The 2014 finalists are (project titles in parentheses):

Allegheny Health Network – Allegheny Valley Hospital

Eliminating Hospital-Acquired Clostridium Difficile Infections

Allegheny Health Network – Forbes Hospital

Reducing Incidence of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Allegheny Health Network – Saint Vincent Health Center

Improving Safe Use of Opioid Therapy

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Creating a Culture of Excellence in Central Line Care

Excela Health

Acinetobacter – Learning How to Eradicate Resistant Organisms

St. Clair Hospital

Surgical Site Infection Prevention

The Bone and Joint Center – Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Reducing Surgical Site Infections in Total Joint Arthroplasty

UPMC McKeesport

Resolving a Sudden Increase in Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

UPMC St. Margaret

Spinal Fusion Surgical Site Infection Prevention

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Regional Anesthesia and Pain Prevention for Joint Replacement

The winning teams will be unveiled at an awards ceremony on November 12 at the Carnegie Museum in Oakland.

About The Jewish Healthcare Foundation

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is a public charity that offers a unique blend of research, education, grantmaking and program management to advance the quality of clinical care and health of populations, with a focus on improving the quality, efficiency, and safety of health care. JHF and its three operating arms—the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), Health Careers Futures (HCF), and the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal)— are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serve a national and global audience. JHF is also a founding member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). For more information, visit www.jhf.org.

David Golebiewski
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
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