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Published on August 27, 2015

Ninety-Four Nominees Honored at 2015 Avera Quality Congress

Leaders of quality improvement projects and individuals who exemplify Avera’s values of hospitality, compassion and stewardship were honored at the Avera Quality Congress on Aug. 26 in Sioux Falls. A total of 94 projects and individuals were honored this year. Some 500 Avera employees and special guests attended the conference.

Awards were selected by a diverse group of internal and external judges. Awards in each category are as follows:

Avera Caring Spirit – Compassion: Stephanie Zandstra, Sioux Center Health, Sioux Center, Iowa

Avera Caring Spirit – Hospitality: Brandi Neugebauer, Avera Brady Health and Rehab, Mitchell, S.D.

Avera Caring Spirit – Stewardship: Cindy Sudlow, Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen, S.D.

Collaboration – Between Avera and Other Entity: Community Partners in Prevention, Avera St. Benedict Hospital, Parkston, S.D.

Collaboration – Service Lines: Avera Pharmacy Service Line Collaboration to Support Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, S.D., Avera ePharmacy, based in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Collaboration – Avera Entity: World Class Surgical Start Times, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Collaboration – Within Avera: Avera Coordinated Care, Avera Medical Group/Avera Health, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Excellence – Non-Regional: Building an Evidence-Based Healing Environment, Sioux Center Health, Sioux Center, Iowa

Excellence – Regional: Venous Thromboembolism, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.

Excellence – Long-Term Care: Skilled Sources and Universal Worker Program, Avera Gregory Hospital and Avera Rosebud Country Care Center, Gregory, S.D.

Excellence – Other Avera Entities: Avera eEmergency Airway Management Initiative, Avera eCARE, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Excellence – Service Line: Avera Behavioral Health PHQ9 Depression Screening, Avera Medical Group Behavioral Health Service Line

Safety – Non-Regional: “The Drill Team” Preparing for Clinical OB Emergencies, Floyd Valley Hospital, Le Mars, Iowa

Safety – Regional: Nurse Directed Protocol for Foley Catheter Removal, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Safety – Long-Term Care

  • Fall Prevention and Investigation, Avera Morningside Heights Care Center, Marshall, Minn.
  • Leave a Trail Before You Rail, Avera Brady Health and Rehab, Mitchell, S.D.

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