October 17, 2014

Florida Hospital Association Recognizes Local Hospitals and Leaders at Annual Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards

Florida caregivers and hospitals were recognized yesterday at the Florida Hospital Association's (FHA) Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards. The event, held during the FHA Annual Meeting, celebrates a notable trustee and caregiver, as well as innovation in the areas of patient safety, employee and community engagement.

"We are proud to recognize Florida caregivers and hospitals for their commitment to provide the highest quality care to our patients and communities," said FHA President Bruce Rueben. "This awards program highlights several examples of the excellent work happening throughout our state."

This year's honorees include:

Award of Merit: Mike Means
Means served Florida's health care industry for 37, including 15 years as president and CEO of Health First. He has held leadership roles at the local, state and national level. View more.

Ralph Glatfelter Spirit of Advocacy Award: Steve Mason, president and CEO, BayCare Health System, Clearwater
Mason served as chairman of the Florida Hospital Association Board and received the American Hospital Association's Grassroots Champion Award. He is a tireless advocate for health care in Florida. View more.

Trustee of the Year: Susan McLean, South Lake Hospital, Clermont
Over 30 years, Susan McLean helped South Lake Hospital grow from a small community hospital to a 160-acre health, education and wellness campus serving patients from around the world. View more.

Caregiver of the Year: Amy Manhan, St. Vincent's Medical Center Riverside, Jacksonville
Amy Manhan knows what it's like to be an open heart surgery patient because she once was one. The experience moved her so much that she became a nurse in the same unit, dedicating herself to providing the best possible care to heart surgery patients. View more.

Best Hospital Workplace (under 150 beds): Bert Fish Medical Center, New Smyrna Beach
Through its innovative "Fit for Life" program, Bert Fish Medical Center works with caregivers to encourage family, friends and neighbors to improve their health. View more.

Best Hospital Workplace (over 150 beds): Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Myers
Lee Memorial Health System works to create a strong culture of quality, safety and patient experience by engaging employees in culture changing activities including coaching and communication skills training. View more.

Community Benefit Achievement (under 150 beds): Madison County Memorial Hospital, Madison
In recent years, Madison County Memorial Hospital has improved patient care, and recently opened a new facility designed to achieve the best patient outcomes. View more.

Community Benefit Achievement (over 150 beds): Baptist Health Care & Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola
The two health systems first joined forces in 1994 through the Partnership for a Healthy Community. Today, their Life Well Northwest Florida initiative encourages community wellness with the support of 116 local businesses and organizations. View more.

Innovation of the Year in Patient Care (under 150 beds): UHealth Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami
The University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center aimed to give cancer patients back valuable time by reducing a total of 38 minutes off of registration and lab work time. View more.

Innovation of the Year in Patient Care (over 150 beds): Lakeland Regional Health System, Lakeland
Though it has one of the busiest emergency departments in the state, Lakeland Regional Medical Center reduced wait times and boarding hours. Patients now get to a bed 56 percent faster than national average. View more.

Leadership in Quality & Patient Safety (under 150 beds): Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Tampa
Florida Hospital Carrollwood made quality, safety and patient experience central to its culture by empowering staff to enhance safety measures and reporting. Since creating patient safety and rapid response teams it has seen marked improvements in all areas of patient care. View more.

Leadership in Quality & Patient Safety (over 150 beds): Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Myers
Through its successful "SafeLee Campaign," Lee Memorial Health System encourages transparent reporting and standardized safety programs aimed at achieving zero patient-safety errors. View more.