Hospital wins DoD Patient Safety Award Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 April 2013
By Stephanie Gilbert
Special to GUIDON

The General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital was the only Army facility in the Department of Defense to win the annual DoD Patient Safety Award.

The coveted award recognized hospital staff efforts designed to decrease harm and improve care delivered within the Military Health System.   

Col. Marie Dominguez, hospital commander, accepted the award for Capt. Gregory Hare, the project team leader who produced the winning paper.

The team’s winning project was entitled, “Emergency Department Dispensing After Hours and Standardized Pediatric Weight-Based Order Sets.”

The team consisted of Hare, the project lead and officer-in-charge of the Inpatient Pharmacy; Veronica Robinson, lead information technology specialist; George Detchemendy, clinical systems trainer; Dr. Gregory Claiborn, medical director of the emergency department; Randall Moore, supervisory nurse; and Brenda Helton, patient safety manager, who spent three to four months gathering information for the project.

By standardizing pediatric weight-based order sets and a definitive improvement in dosing, better accuracy involving pediatric patients has been the result.

The project submission was aimed to provide and increase patient safety as well as maintain Joint Commission and medication management best practices. The Joint Commission is a national accrediting body that inspects all Army and civilian hospitals to ensure continuous improvement of health care for all patients.

“The competition is one thing. It gets us recognized as the leader in Army patient safety and medication management. That’s great—and potential enrollees need to know what outstanding and caring staff we have here at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital,” Hare said. “But the team’s goal — and our entire hospital staff’s continual, every-day effort—is totally focused on our patients.”

This certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meet the strict performance standards required by Joint Commission.

“Hospital staff can bear the brunt of patient frustration when the system comes up short through fluctuating healthcare budgets. Our staff is usually the middleman between patients and the changing healthcare system,” Hare said. “So this award gives our staff a nice and needed pat-on-the-back, and recognition for providing the very best healthcare on the Army.”

The other non-Army DoD installations awarded this year were the Naval Hospital Pensacola, and the Naval Hospital Guam.

(Editor’s note: Gilbert is the assistant chief of the Pharmacy Division, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital)

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