August 5, 2011 -
The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced that the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) will receive the inaugural Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for their work to improve health care quality.
This award is presented to associations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality improvement, and contribute to national health care improvement efforts. Olympic Medical Center is a member of WSHA, and involved in this effort.
WSHA began its quality improvement efforts in 2005 by creating the Patient Safety Program. With all community hospitals in the state as members, the program provides a forum for hospitals to share best practices and embrace collaboration in patient safety and quality. Each year WSHA responds to the needs of its members and the community by setting evidence-based goals to achieve real improvement in patient care.
"The ongoing commitment to collaborate and the demonstrated improvements in patient safety by our member hospitals across the state was a key reason we won this award," says Carol Wagner, vice president of patient safety at the Washington State Hospital Association.
Scott Kennedy, MD, chief medical officer at Olympic Medical Center serves on the Patient Safety Program committee. “Dr. Kennedy serves on the committee that sets the goals for our program. Leaders such as Dr. Kennedy are constantly raising the bar and driving our efforts forward."
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 38,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.