2010 KAPE Excellence Award
Alliance for Performance Excellence (KAPE) honored Abington Memorial Hospital
with the 2010 KAPE Excellence Award, the first time in the history of KAPE that
an applicant has earned its top-tier award level.
The 2010 KAPE Award process included applicant
organizations from across Pennsylvania. All applicants were rigorously
evaluated by an independent board of examiners in seven areas: leadership;
strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge
management; workforce focus; process management; and results.
“As the first Excellence Award recipient in
KAPE’s history, Abington has raised the bar for organizational excellence,
inspiring other Pennsylvania organizations to be more accessible, more
efficient, more customer-focused, and more innovative,” said Bob Bitner, KAPE
2009 DVHC Gift of Life Award
AMH was awarded
the 2009 Delaware Valley Healthcare Council Gift of Life Award for the fourth
consecutive year. AMH has granted more and more people a second chance at
living as a result of Abington's partnership with the Gift of Life Donor
Program (GLDP), as well as the decision of donors and their families.
Due to dedication
by AMH staff members, organ donation facilitated by the hospital has increased
by 17 percent - from 56 percent to 73 percent - within the last year.
opportunity to successfully support the patient and family through a
devastating crisis depends on details of care delivery, compassionate
understanding, and the ability to help the family see beyond the crisis to the
opportunity of giving life to another," said Terry Reilly, R.N., nurse
director, Critical Care Services.
from AMH and the GLDP reflects the impact made on each recipient's life. Reilly
emphasizes that AMH has gone above and beyond to achieve the utmost success in
improving the quality of life for every individual. The hospital and GLDP work
together to give one individual a kidney, a liver, a lung or a heart and a
chance to live a happy and extensive life.
2008 NLNAC Continuing Accreditation
School of Nursing was granted
continuing accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting
Commission (NLNAC). The Dixon School was measured against the highest national
standards of quality in nursing education. Only 56 nursing diploma programs in
the nation have earned this designation. The accreditation is effective until
NLNAC is the
national accrediting body for nursing education programs. Accreditation is a
voluntary process by which non-governmental associations recognize nursing
educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed
standards and criteria for educational quality.
2004 Cheers Award
received a 2004 Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices
(ISMP) for its work on an outpatient, web-based monitoring program for patients
using Warfarin, commonly known as Coumadin®.
Cheers Awards honor individuals, organizations, and companies that have set a
superlative standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of
medication errors and adverse drug events. The award is hosted by the ISMP, a
nonprofit organization that works closely with healthcare practitioners and
institutions, regulatory agencies, consumers, and professional organizations to
provide education about medication errors and their prevention.
2004 Innovator Award
was awarded the 2004 Innovator Award for work on an outpatient, web-based
monitoring program for patients using Coumadin®. This news was
published in the July 2004 edition of Hospitals and Health Networks magazine,
which partnered with IDX Systems Corp. and the College of Healthcare
Information Management Executives in this joint project.
Virtual Anticoagulation Clinic or webINR was created to improve and measure
patient safety and efficacy of warfarin therapy. The web-based program is
designed to track patients' warfarin doses and INR blood test results in
physicians' offices, standardize warfarin education for clinicians and educate
patients. Implementation of the web-based, computerized record results in
significant risk reduction by identifying patients who are tardy in getting
their blood work drawn. A web-based resource center is also available for
clinicians and patients.
was one of three hospitals chosen nationally out of 46 Innovator Award
applications. Hospitals were required to submit descriptions of innovative
projects that are then evaluated by an expert panel. The ten-judge panel
evaluated the following criteria: universality and achievement of stated
business objective; creativity and uniqueness of concept; impact on the
organization; scope of solution; stage of implementation; and technical
2003 Quest for Quality Prize
was named the 2003 winner of The American Hospital Association's Quest for
Quality Prize, which honors leadership and innovation in patient care quality,
safety and commitment. Nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide were eligible to apply
for this award, and AMH won the nation's top prize.
prestigious award was established by The American Hospital Association to
recognize hospitals for their commitment to creating a culture of safety and
emphasizing care quality.
the judges were the hospital's universal computerized physician order entry
system which virtually eliminates mistakes when handwriting is misread, and
technological advances in cross-checking for drug interactions – two
significant investments Abington has made toward patient safety. Less than five
percent of hospitals nationwide have universal computerized physician order
entry. As part of its safety initiative, the hospital also provides ongoing
staff training, a quarterly patient safety newsletter, a patient safety
suggestion system and an around-the-clock reporting hotline.
2003 John M. Eisenberg Award
was awarded the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Award for system innovation by
the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations, in 2003. The hospital earned the award for its work
on an outpatient, web-based monitoring program for patients using Coumadin®.
is an important drug categorized as an anticoagulant, because it is used to
prevent blood clots from forming in the blood. However, Coumadin® is
a difficult drug to manage, with a narrow safety margin. The risk with too much
is major bleeding; the problem with too little is failure to protect the
patient from blood clots. Because of the potential patient safety issues
surrounding this commonly used drug, the medical, pharmacy, nursing and
performance assessment departments at AMH, with support from Physician Network
leadership, developed and implemented a web-based program for outpatients that
helps primary care physicians keep closer track of patients taking Coumadin®,
the JCAHO announced that Abington Memorial Hospital received the John M.
Eisenberg 2003 Patient Safety Award, there has been international interest from
healthcare providers wanting to learn more about the virtual anticoagulation
clinic and how they can adapt it at their institutions. Partners Health System
in Boston has begun using the webINR in its large managed care program.