Two KentuckyOne Health Hospitals Receive Quality Awards from Kentucky Hospital Association


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Louisville, Ky.—Two KentuckyOne Health facilities were honored by the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) at the organization’s annual convention this week.  Our Lady of Peace in Louisville and Continuing Care Hospital in Lexington both received the “KHA Quality Award”.  Peace in the “Psychiatric” category and Continuing Care in the “Physical Rehabilitation or Long –Term Acute Care” category.

The awards recognize hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety, and commitment in patient care.  The hospitals were honored for patient safety and quality initiatives that have been integrated into the facilities’ culture, and for achieving quality goals.

Our Lady of Peace is the largest private non-profit psychiatric hospital in the U.S. that provides care to children and adolescents.  The facility’s Safety First initiative places patients’ and employees’ safety first in providing quality care.  The program encourages the participation of families in the treatment process of the patient and in helping initiate and improve quality measures to promote safety.  Daily safety huddles and a safety coach program are key components of the initiative.

“Quality of care is what our team strives to provide, no matter what level of care our children, adolescents and adults patients need,” said Jennifer Nolan, president and CEO, Our Lady of Peace.  “We are honored that our Safety First initiative was recognized by the KHA.  This recognition is shared with all of our employees for their ongoing efforts.”

Continuing Care Hospital is a general acute care hospital that addresses the unique and complicated physical, emotional, spiritual, nursing, and rehabilitation needs of the long-term acute care patient.

The facility developed a Patient Safety Quality Improvement Committee that works to meet the core strategy of the organization, quality.  The committee sets goals, reviews outcomes and evaluates the effectiveness of initiatives implemented, as well as makes recommendations for changes and improvements.

Continuing Care Hospital also implemented a Safe Patient Handling and Movement Initiative to keep patients and employees safe from work-related injuries.

“We are committed to quality patient care and safety.  It’s part of our mission,” said Tonja Williams, president and CEO, Continuing Care Hospital. “We are pleased to be recognized by the KHA for our ongoing efforts to be a leader among our peers in this area.”

The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), established in 1929, represents hospitals, related health care organizations, and integrated health care systems dedicated to sustaining and improving the health status of the citizens of Kentucky.

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Last Updated: 2/4/2015