Multidisciplinary Team Earns Prestigious Fine Award

Work to Develop Standardized Protocol Results in Elimination of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in the ICU since First Quarter, 2009

Jefferson Hills, PA - December 30, 2010

A multidisciplinary team of Jefferson Regional Medical Center clinical professionals has been honored with a Gold Award at the third annual Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence in Healthcare. The award was presented during a reception at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh.

The team’s entry, “Eliminating Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in the ICU,” documented their work to develop a standardized protocol for the treatment of all ventilated patients. Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) is a significant clinical problem that can extend a patient’s length of stay and increase mortality and morbidity. The unit has not had a VAP incident since first quarter, 2009.

“For decades, hospitals were places to be avoided because of medical mistakes, infections and other misfortunes,” said Milton Fine, president and chairman of The Fine Foundation. “Now we find that healthcare professionals are taking the lead in making the system better, safer, more economical and more patient-oriented. And whereas in the past, crusading individuals were the drivers behind reform, today we see teams of healthcare professionals creating many of these significant improvements.”

Sponsored by The Fine Foundation and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), the Fine awards were established to reinforce the critical role teamwork plays in healthcare.

In the photo: Team members include, front row, from left; Jewell Coulter, Nancy Shaffer, Lindsey Heidelbach (team leader, ICU); 2nd row, Bob Falcone and Craig Nevius; 3rd row, Christine Struniak, Peter Hallisey and Jeff DiPiazza.

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Jefferson Hills, PA 15025

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