The Upper Chesapeake Medical Center at the University of Maryland received the 2018 Minogue Award for innovation in patient safety at the 14th annual Maryland Patient Safety Conference on April 13 in Baltimore.
The hospital also received two Circle of Honor for April 12.
Presented each year by the Maryland Patient Safety Center as one of its two top awards, the 2018 Minogue Award recognizes the UM UCMC program, "START with the patient: a safe transition assessment and risk tool."  The Upper Chesapeake Medical Center also received two Circle of Honor Awards for its programs "An orthopedic approach to managing the health of the population: developing a geriatric hip fracture program" and "Stop snoring. with a pop! " Reduce postoperative complications when evaluating patients for risk factors of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
"Patient safety is a priority for us at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health," said Lyle E. Sheldon, president and CEO of FACHE. "Recognizing the work we do for the Maryland Patient Safety Center is a great honor, I am very proud of the members of our team for their excellent work in the development of the START program as well as their innovations in the areas of orthopedics and apnea. of the dream ".
The START status plate evaluates patients for readmission risks from admission to discharge. The program alerts clinical teams to obtain appropriate resources and interventions to improve outcomes and transition experiences of care for their patients.
Through START, team members focus on communication, education and collaboration to reduce hospital readmissions to improve the effectiveness and safety of the patient's experience. For example, team members follow up with patients who have been Discharged to talk about your medications, from how to fill them up to take them to talk about the side effects that may occur. They also discuss follow-up appointments and refer patients to case management colleagues when necessary.
Since the beginning of the program in 2016, the UM UCMC readmission rate has decreased by almost 2 percent. The state statistics during the same period show a decrease of more than 1 percent in readmissions.
"The creation of the START status plaque was a collaborative effort in clinical disciplines and in partnership with our Information Technology and Business Intelligence teams," said Lori J. Wilson, assistant vice president of patient services for the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. "Everyone on the team was inspired and committed to creating this innovative tool that will benefit the safety of our patients during their service transitions, and we are very honored to receive the 2018 Minogue Award for START with the patient."
the first president and executive director of the Maryland Patient Safety Center, William Minogue, MD, FACP, the Minogue Award was established to honor his enduring contributions and his passion for improving patient care and safety. The award was created by the center's board of directors to recognize an organization within the state that has demonstrated a demonstrable difference in patient safety through an innovative solution.
The Minogue Award winner was selected by a panel of independent judges who are leaders in the Maryland medical community
"We congratulate our winners, who through their diligent efforts and strategic thinking have advanced the cause to improve patient safety, "said Robert Imhoff, president and CEO of the Maryland Patient Safety Center. "Timely and innovative solutions like the ones we are recognizing this year are necessary to address the ever-evolving healthcare landscape facing healthcare professionals in Maryland and beyond."