The Children’s Hospital at Providence Newborn Intensive Care Unit receives award for innovative and quality care

January 12, 2011
The National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission awards the NICU at Providence.
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Grace Schmidt, RNC – staff nurse
Jack Jacob, MD – neonatologist
Carolyn Van De Rostyne, ANP – pediatric surgery
Debra Sims, RNC – clinical supervisor, NICU
ANCHORAGE, AK – The National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission today announced the 2010 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. Honorees were selected in three award categories.
Among the three recipients was The Children’s Hospital at Providence Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The NICU team was awarded for their innovation in patient safety and quality at the local level, specifically the work being done through their multi-year quality improvement project to eliminate catheter-related blood stream infection. Improvement was accomplished incrementally over several years beginning with the elimination of CRBSI associated with umbilical catheters in 2007, peripherally inserted catheters in 2008, and surgically placed catheters in 2009. The NICU team achieved and sustained success through implementing best practices in conjunction with using clinical microsystems principles and creating a learning culture within the context of clinical practice.
“Our mission at Providence Alaska Medical Center calls us to serve the poor and vulnerable. The tiny babies in our newborn intensive care unit are possibly our most vulnerable patients—most susceptible to infection and most in need of the safest, highest-quality care we can provide,” said Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “Our NICU team’s dedication to eliminating catheter-related blood stream infections for these fragile, immune-compromised infants illustrates our mission in action.” 
The patient safety awards program, launched in 2002 by NQF and The Joint Commission, honors John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Eisenberg was one of the founding leaders of NQF and sat on its Board of Directors. In his roles both as AHRQ administrator and chair of the federal government’s Quality Inter-Agency Coordination Task Force, he was a passionate advocate for patient safety and health care quality and personally led AHRQ’s grant program to support patient safety research.
This year’s awards will be presented Feb. 25, 2011 at NQF’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. An early 2011 issue of “The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety” also will feature the achievements of each of the award recipients.
Located within Providence Alaska Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at Providence functions as a hospital within a hospital. The Children’s Hospital is known for its outstanding NICU, PICU, and Maternity Center. The 100-bed inpatient facility offers family-centered care in every area of pediatric medicine and onsite clinics including oncology, neurological development, urology, endocrinology, orthopedics, genetics, cystic fibrosis, a subspecialty clinic and a center for special needs.