Congratulations to the 2018 Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award Winners!

November 6, 2018

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) has hosted the Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award for the past sixteen years. This program is one of many ways in which HCIF promotes best practices in health care patient safety and quality throughout the region.

The top 10 winners for this year’s award program demonstrated fulfillment of the award’s evaluation criteria, which includes significant and sustained improvement in quality or patient safety; innovation; leadership and organizational commitment to improvement; a multidisciplinary approach; and the potential for replication in other healthcare organizations.

We are pleased to announce this year’s first place goes to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery for their initiative, “Preventing Opioid-Induced Ventilatory Impairment (OIVI) in Medical Surgical Patients.” Second place goes to Penn Medicine for their initiative, “ICU Liberation: Executing the ‘ABCDEF’ Bundle Daily.” Third place goes to Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health for their initiative, “Reducing Postoperative Complications: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Early and Consistent Ambulation.

Please click here to watch the videos for these three winning initiatives.

Einstein Medical Center Montgomery Team with HCIF President  

Pictured: Tom Hennessy, Elicia Jackson, Kate Flynn, Scott Alcott, Tom Cleary, Monica Nash, AnnMarie Papa, Amber Delp

Penn Medicine Team with HCIF President

Pictured: Margarete Pierce, Paul Junker, Steve Gudowski, Barry Fuchs, MD, Juliane Jablonski, Kate Flynn, Jessica Gregoire, Venkat Panchanadam

Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health Team with HCIF President

Pictured: Karen Perez, Kelly Laumann, Kate Flynn, Megan Reinhart

The following entries placed in the top ten:

Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health
Using Technology for Follow-Up Radiology Report Recommendations of Lung Nodules

Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
Integrating Positive Blood Culture PCR Testing and Antimicrobial Stewardship Decreases Unnecessary Antibiotic Treatment and Hospital Costs

Fox Chase Cancer Center
Your Choice, Your Voice: Collection of Advance Directive Documentation

Jefferson Health
Engaging Patients and Caregivers during Chemotherapy through Digital Technology

Mercy Catholic Medical Center
Opiate Utilization & Pain Management Reduction from Acute Care to the Community

Pennsylvania Hospital
Early Recovery for Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery (ERACS): Initiating an “On Table Extubation” (OTE) program and reducing postoperative length of stay (postop LOS)

Temple University Hospital
Utilizing an Alternative Care Site for Low Acuity Emergency Department Visits

New Outcomes Data Available on

August 15, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA) updated its website,, with readmission and mortality data through Q2 2017 for conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke.  This data, sourced from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is updated annually each summer.  Additionally, PHCQA published HCAHPS patient experience, infection, and emergency department data through Q3 2017.  Cancer data sourced from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has been refreshed for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 to reflect any new data submissions by cancer centers since March 2018.

Next Steps in Identifying the 2018 Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award Winners

July 25, 2018

The 2018 Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award call for entries officially closed last week on Tuesday, July 17. This year’s award program garnered twenty-nine submissions from ten regional PPC-contributing organizations. Thirty-four review panelists serving as clinical and administrative leaders from area hospitals have begun scoring the submissions based on criteria that looks at an initiative’s efforts in advancing patient care regarding innovation, collaboration, and ease of replication. Come early August, review panelists will have narrowed down the submissions to the top ten and from there the Selection Committee’s eleven members will score the top ten entries to determine the top three winners. Winners will be announced at the Southeast Connect event on November 2, 2018. We encourage those interested in the Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award program to stop by the website to find the past four year’s top three winners’ submissions and videos highlighting their initiatives.

Call for Entries: 2018 Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) has hosted the Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award for the past sixteen years. This program is one of many ways in which HCIF promotes best practices in health care patient safety and quality throughout the region. The award recognizes hospitals and other providers for their innovative contributions in advancing patient care. At this time, we are inviting healthcare organizations—whether freestanding or within a multi-entity system—to submit up to 4 entries for projects undertaken at their site alone. A healthcare system may in addition submit up to 4 entries for system-wide projects that span multiple sites. Entries must be submitted online by Thursday, July 12, 2018. Please Click Here for further details and the criteria for submission.

If you have any questions about this year’s award process, please feel free to contact Liz Owens, HCIF’s Project Coordinator, at 215.575.3738 or

Hearing from Two PA Hospitals on How They Achieved CT Accreditation

In 2016, HCIF began serving as partner to the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) in the Partnership for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), which is aimed at reducing readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions. For the HAP-HIIN CT Radiation Safety program, HCIF and ECRI Institute, a leading authority in imaging technology and radiation safety, work with hospitals to optimize and manage radiation doses with the goal of preventing undue exposure. While CT can be a life-saving tool for diagnosing illnesses and injuries, it is the largest single contributor of radiation dose delivering 100-400 times the radiation than a conventional x-ray.

In year two of this program, HCIF hosted its second webinar for the CT Radiation Safety Collaborative this past Tuesday, April 17, 2018 on the topic of CT accreditation. During this webinar, two collaborative hospitals shared their experiences via a panel discussion about how they first achieved and sustained accreditation. Hahnemann University Hospital and UPMC Cole served as a diverse set of panelists with one being a city academic medical center while another serves as a rural critical access hospital. Each organization expressed the importance CT accreditation had and the difference it made at their hospital while also describing the major hurdles and challenges they faced during the process. It is our hope that hearing these two diverse hospitals’ stories will encourage other Pennsylvania hospitals to recognize the value of CT accreditation and possibly initiate an accreditation process at their own organization if they have not already done so.

HCIF thanks our two organizations for serving as panelists on this webinar in addition to ECRI Institute for acting as webinar facilitator. If you’d like to watch the webinar recording, please click here, and be sure to keep an eye out for more HAP-HIIN CT Radiation Safety program updates in HCIF’s monthly Highlights.