Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced this spring by The Leapfrog Group. In addition to Vidant Medical Center, three other Vidant Hospitals also received an “A” - Vidant Beaufort, Vidant Duplin and Vidant Edgecombe.
Top 500 of 2016 HomeCare Elite®
Vidant Home Health and Hospice announced that its Washington office has been named to the Top 500 of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite® has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Forty-one agencies were recognized in the state of North Carolina. Thirteen out of the 41 agencies were in the top 500 category and Vidant Home Health and Hospice Beaufort County office was 1 of 2 agencies that received this award East of I-95.
Great 100 Nurses
The Great 100, Inc, a peer recognition organization honoring nursing excellence in North Carolina, has recognized 11 Vidant Health nurses in its list of the 2016 Great 100 Nurses. The Vidant Health nurses chosen this year are Teresa Anderson, Lisa Callahan, Jennifer Davenport, Heather Hall, Michelle Hamilton, Megon Howard, Jennifer Parnell, Michelle Pickrel, Paula Rhode, Sue Tripp and Fran White. The nurses were honored at a gala event on Oct. 15 in Greensboro.
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced Oct. 31 by The Leapfrog Group. Four Vidant Health hospitals - Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Beaufort, Vidant Duplin and Vidant Edgecombe - were among 15 percent of hospitals in the country that earned an “A” from the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Group.
Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Leadership Award
Vidant Duplin and Vidant Beaufort are among the 27 top-performing academic medical center and community hospital members to receive the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. The award is given annually to academic medical center and community hospital members that have demonstrated superior performance as measured by Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study.
The 1in9 organization has awarded Vidant Health a $30,000 grant to assist women undergoing treatment for breast, ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancer or the gynecological cancers. The recipients, identified by their treatment team, must be proven to need financial assistance to meet the day-to-day expenses not otherwise provided for by other funding sources including but not limited to: transportation expense assistance, nutritional assistance, and medication assistance.
Vidant Medical Center was ranked as one of the best hospitals in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report. It ranked as “high performing” in diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. Vidant Medical Center is ranked #5 in North Carolina in 2016 and was ranked #8 in North Carolina in 2014-15.
Community Hospital Center of Excellence
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) recently awarded the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center (LWJCC) the official designation as a Community Hospital Center of Excellence. The LJCC is a joint venture between Vidant Medical Center and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. The ALCF Centers of Excellence Award recognizes hospitals and cancer centers for their individualized care and treatment of lung cancer patients.
CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Re-accreditation
Vidant Health has earned the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ re-accreditation for maintaining a strong commitment to the health of its employees and satisfying the latest, comprehensive requirements of the Gold Standard. The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of CEOs, founded by former President George H.W. Bush, developed and administers the Gold Standard, an employee wellness accreditation program that addresses cancer in the workplace. Nearly 200 private, nonprofit and government employers in a wide range of occupational categories have earned Gold Standard accreditation, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and a number of NCI-designated cancer centers.
Gold Beacon Award for Excellence
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, California, recently conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver or bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.
Three Vidant Medical Group (VMG) practices, Vidant Women’s Care – Edenton, Vidant Women’s Care – Edenton (Broad Street) and Vidant Pediatrics – Edenton, received the Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics from the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC). Awardees represent the best our state has to offer in terms of support for the breastfeeding family. These three practices join a growing number of awardees committed to evidence-based, high-quality breastfeeding support.
Sleep Center Program Re-accreditation
Vidant Medical Center Sleep Center in Greenville recently received program re-accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). To receive re-accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.
Baby-Friendly USA Birth Facility
Baby-Friendly USA, announced that Vidant Medical Center has been re-designated as a Baby-Friendly birth facility. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Vidant Medical Center also received this award in 2012.
NC Prevention Partners Award
All eight of the Vidant Health hospitals received high marks in nutrition, tobacco-free environment, culture of wellness and physical activity from Prevention Partners. Prevention Partners is a nonprofit organization that builds healthier communities through a suite of products that hospitals, workplaces and the like use to address the leading causes of preventable disease. The Outer Banks Hospital, Vidant Beaufort, Vidant Bertie, Vidant Chowan, Vidant Edgecombe, Vidant Medical Center and Vidant Roanoke-Chowan all received the Quit-Tobacco Gold Star. Key components of this award include a tobacco-free policy, system approach to cessation, provide and promote benefits and provide incentives.
NCBCE Teachers@Work® Program Partnership
Vidant Health hosted two teachers from Pitt County Schools during the week of July 18 as part of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education’s (NCBCE) Teachers@Work® program. Teachers@Work® is a joint initiative between NCBCE, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), STEM East and the North Carolina Community College System. The partnership links education and the business community in order to help teachers create relevance between their classroom curriculum and the skill sets needed by local businesses.
Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Vidant Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. This marks the sixth year that Vidant Medical Center been recognized with a quality achievement award.
North Carolina Institute of Medicine Appointment
Brian Floyd, president of Vidant Medical Center, has been confirmed to serve a five year membership appointment to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM). The NCIOM is an independent, quasi-state agency that was chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1983 to provide balanced, nonpartisan information on issues of relevance to the health of North Carolina’s population.
Hospice Honors Elite Award
Vidant Home Health and Hospice has been named a 2016 Hospice Honors Elite Award recipient by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of web-based home health and hospice software, billing, coding and advanced analytics. The Hospice Honors program recognizes hospice organizations for outstanding scores for high level quality as measured by the caregiver’s point of view.
Board Quality Leadership Award
The Vidant Health Board of Directors announced the recipients of the Second Annual Board Quality Leadership Award. The winning teams from across the health system are leading the way to the ultimate goal of zero events of harm and exceptional patient experiences for every patient served. One winner was selected from each of these groups: Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Community Hospitals and the ambulatory setting.
Comprehensive Center Reaccreditation
Vidant Medical Center has been re-accredited as a comprehensive center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
20th Anniversary of School Nurse Program
For the past 20 years, Vidant Medical Center has employed school nurses to serve students pre-K through twelve grade in Pitt County Schools. These registered nurses work in the schools to help students, parents and teachers deal with health issues that might affect academic performance.
Five Stars for Patient Experience
Vidant Home Health and Hospice received five stars for patient experience for home health care through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Vidant Home Health offices in Greenville, Washington and Windsor all achieved the highest possible five star ranking. These scores are based on surveys of patients or their families about the care provided by the agency.
Administrative Leader Patient and Family Advisor Champion Award
Kathy Dutton, senior administrator for the office of patient and family experience at Vidant Medical Center (VMC), was given the Administrative Leader Patient and Family Advisor (PFA) Champion Award by the North Carolina Quality Center (NCQC), an initiative of the North Carolina Hospital Association.
Outstanding Patient Family Advisory Awards
Dave Galloway and Dorothea Handron, patient and family advisors at Vidant Medical Center, are the recipients of the Outstanding Patient Family Advisory Award by the North Carolina Quality Center, an initiative of the North Carolina Hospital Association.
Primary Stroke Center Re-certification
Vidant Medical Center has been re-certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Vidant Medical Center is one of only four hospitals east of Interstate 95 to achieve this certification.
Cancer Center Full Accreditation Designation
Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center (LWJCC), a joint venture between Vidant Medical Center and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
Wound Healing Center Accreditation
The hyperbaric medicine program at the Vidant Wound Healing Center - Greenville was recently accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). The center is one of only four wound healing centers in North Carolina to obtain this distinction.
Three-Star High Quality Rating
The East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center has received the highest quality rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for Coronary Artery Bypass and Aortic Valve surgeries in 2015. The STS National Database is the national report card that compares the outcomes of cardiac surgery programs across the country. Historically, only 12-15 percent of hospitals receive the three-star rating, which is the highest quality category. In the current analysis of national data from Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015, the cardiac surgery performance at the Heart Institute rose to the highest quality tier, earning the STS three-star rating for Coronary Artery Bypass and Aortic Valve Surgery. The East Carolina Heart Institute also received this award in 2014.
Get With The Guidelines honors
Vidant Medical Center received the American College of Cardiology’s ACTION Registry-Get With The Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Vidant Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that it has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
The East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center was recognized by the American Heart Association for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Achievement Measures and 75% or higher compliance with four or more Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Quality Measures.
James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital was recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines – Resuscitation Achievement Measures.
Infants Safe Sleep Hospital Model of Excellence
The James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center has been recognized as an Infant Safe Sleep Hospital Model of Excellence by the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation. Healthy Start Foundation is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate preventable infant death and illness in North Carolina. The purpose of the award is to recognize hospitals that are proven leaders in infant safe sleep policy, practice and education. Maynard Children’s met four areas of excellence to qualify for this award: policy, staff training and education, patient education and modeling, and community outreach. It was one of only 13 hospitals in the state to receive this award.
American Association for Respiratory Care
Respiratory Care services at Vidant Medical center has been selected by the American Association for Respiratory Care to present a case review at the national conference in Tampa, Florida. The Presentation will address how respiratory care professionals managed a complex trauma patient who was placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). This is the only international respiratory care conference and more than 6,000 people from around the world attend.
HealthStream Excellence through Insight Award
Vidant SurgiCenter has been recognized with an Excellence through Insight Award for “Overall Patient Experience in Outpatient—Same Day Surgery Unit” by HealthStream, Inc. Vidant SurgiCenter received this honor for its commitment to excellence in patient care. To qualify for the award, a health care facility must have been a patient experience-tracking client of HealthStream in 2014, scored in the 75th percentile or higher, and surveyed a minimum of 100 patients. This is the fourth time in six years Vidant SurgiCenter has received this award. The honor puts the facility at the top of its class for patient experience and exemplifies its dedication to providing the highest standards for all patients.
National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN)
Dr. Shakira Henderson, director of nursing and health sciences research for nursing administration at Vidant Medical Center, has been selected to receive the 2015 NANN Navigator Award. The award acknowledges clinicians for superior mentoring skills and contributions made to neonatal nursing. Dr. Henderson was nominated and ultimately chosen for the award for her outstanding teaching and motivational skills. Recipients for the navigator award are chosen for being clinically and technically skilled in their profession, and their ability to share their experiences and viewpoints willingly.
HIMSS Stage 6 Designation
All Vidant Medical Group physician practices and clinics have received Stage 6 designation of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. This designation honors the organization’s accomplishments to implement technology solutions that have the ability to improve patient safety and quality of care. Vidant Medical Group is among only 14% of providers across the country that have achieved HIMSS EMR stage 6 designation or greater.
Chest Pain Accreditation
Vidant Medical Center received full Chest Pain Center accreditation from the national Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). The accreditation includes percutaneous coronary intervention, in which blocked arteries are opened to allow adequate blood flow to the heart. Achieving accreditation, the SCPC notes, confirms Vidant Medical Center “has demonstrated expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria.”
For the 12th year, Vidant Health has been recognized as one of the nation's "Most Wired" health systems, according to results of an annual survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.