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The Vidant Health system is being increasingly recognized by leading national organizations for our outstanding efforts in quality, safety and patient-centered care. These individual and collective accomplishments are a source of pride for all of us, and the accolades are wonderful to receive—but they’re not why we do the work. We do it because we’re dedicated to the people we serve and deeply committed to improving their health. And every award is a reminder that we can do even more.

2016 honors:


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.

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.

2015 honors:

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.”

Most Wired

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.

2014 honors:

150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare

Vidant Medical Center was included in this Becker's Healthcare list for providing excellent work environments and outstanding benefits to their employees.

Three-Star High Quality Rating

The East Carolina Heart Institute received the highest quality rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Historically, only 12-15 percent of hospitals receive the three-star rating, which is the highest quality category.

Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold - Plus Quality Achievement Award

For the sixth consecutive year, Vidant Medical Center received this honor from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The hospital implemented specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of stroke patients. Vidant Medical Center also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Best Hospitals

Vidant Medical Center was ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2014-15 in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report. Vidant Medical Center is ranked #8 in North Carolina and is recognized among the Best Hospitals in the Coastal Plain (NC).

Level 1 Adult Trama Center

The trauma center at Vidant Medical Center was verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

HealthStream top honors

Vidant SurgiCenter received top honors in patient experience, Overall Outpatient Satisfaction in a Small Hospital. Vidant Home Health and Hospice received the Unit Specific Award for Home Health at Vidant Medical Center.

Better Together

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC) Better Together exemplar hospital for excellence in engaging patients and families as partners in patients’ care was awarded to Vidant Medical Center.

Other noteworthy achievements:

Excellence in Lactation Care
Awarded to Vidant Medical Center by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) (2014) 

Outstanding Patient Experience
Awarded to The Outer Banks Hospital by Healthgrades (2014) 

100 Great Community Hospitals
Awarded to The Outer Banks Hospital by Becker’s Hospital Review (2014)

Magnet Designation
Awarded to Vidant Medical Center by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (2013)

John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety & Quality Award
Awarded to Vidant Health from the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission (2013) 

McKesson Quest for Quality Prize
Awarded to Vidant Medical Center by the American Hospital Association (2013) 

Top Performer for Quality Care
Awarded to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital and The Outer Banks Hospital by The Joint Commission (2013)

Silver Beacon Award
Awarded to the Bariatric General Surgery Unit at Vidant Medical Center by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (2013) 

Excellence in Patient Experience
Awarded to Vidant Bertie Hospital and Vidant Edgecombe Hospital by HealthStream Research (2013) 

CARF International Accreditation
Awarded to The Rehabilitation Center at Vidant Medical Center by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (2013)

Baby-Friendly USA Birth Facility
Vidant Medical Center (2012)