Cypress Health Region wins three provincial awards

Cypress Health Region wins three provincial awards Health & Wellness SouthWest Saskatchewan  Cypress Health Region

It was with great excitement that the Cypress Health Region accepted three ‘Pursuing Excellence Awards’ at the 2013 Inspire Health Care Quality Summit held at Evraz Place in Regina on April 10 and 11. The awards reaffirm the Cypress Health Region as a leader within the provincial healthcare system that is focused on quality improvements.

Two of the three awards received by the Cypress Health Region are Four Betters Awards which recognize individuals, organizations, or teams that have demonstrated excellence in work relating to the Saskatchewan health care system’s four aims – Better Care, Better Health, Better Teams, and Better Value. The third award is an Improvement Champion Award, provided to an individual showing admirable qualities in their work to help improve care for residents of Saskatchewan.

The awards received were for the following projects and improvements:

‘Client Navigator’ in the Better Teams category – the Client Navigator is a position in Cypress Health designed to transfer surgical patients back to the Region after receiving surgical care in a tertiary center.  The position provides a single contact for persons needing to use community based services such as home care.  The Client Navigator helps patients (and their family members) identify and receive appropriate services before and after surgery, provides discharge planning support, and informs patients of additional community resources available.

‘Mobile Health Services’ in the Better Teams category – starting as a pilot project in Eastend in October 2010, this innovative concept expanded to other communities within the Cypress Health Region beginning in January 2012.  Mobile Health Services utilize Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff in expanded roles to achieve the aim of collaborating with the other health services in rural and remote communities to enhance the availability and access to services.  Examples of how EMS staff are being used in non-traditional activities to improve services in rural communities include home safety checklists and falls risk assessments, both designed to proactively prevent incidents.  The project helps to address the health services needs of rural and remote communities by keeping residents safer.

Dr. Shamsuddin Fakhir, Improvement Champion – Dr. Fakhir (one of the Cypress Health Pediatricians) observed a rise in the number of pediatric patients affected by their own weight management and took a leading role in establishing a Growing Health Families clinic that serves at-risk children struggling with high or low weights.  The clinic will open in May of 2013 and involves a team of experts spearheaded by Dr. Fakhir.  His optimism, passion, and vision for this clinic made him a very deserving candidate for an Improvement Champion Award.

This year’s Inspire Conference saw a total of eight Four Betters Awards provided.  In addition, two individuals were recognized with Improvement Champion Awards.

“We are once again very excited with the recognition that our health provider teams have received at this provincial conference,” stated Beth Vachon, Cypress Health’s Chief Executive Officer. “The receipt of these prominent awards exemplifies a sampling of the innovative quality health programs and services that our staff is providing to residents living in southwest Saskatchewan.  Our region is extremely proud of the achievements of our staff.”

Pursuing Excellence Awards have replaced Green Ribbon Awards that were presented in previous years. They were developed to recognize and celebrate the good work that is being done in Saskatchewan to improve health care for all residents.  The annual Inspire Health Care Quality Summit is hosted by the Health Quality Council.  The two day conference features sharing of improvement stories, key note speakers, and various other presentations and displays. One of the highlights of the event is an awards gala that announces recipients of Pursuing Excellence Awards.

This year’s successes for Cypress Health follow past acknowledgements of the Region including bedside reporting, improved meal services, ability management programs, and mock disaster exercises. During the April 2012 Summit, the Region was presented with 3 of 4 Green Ribbon Awards that were acknowledged at the event which exhibited the tremendous steps being taken in the area of quality improvement.

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via SW Sask News – Prairie Post – Prairie Post

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