Pillars of Excellence Awards
Safety Pillar Winners
2018 Pillars of Excellence Award Winners
See the extraordinary work done by the 2018 Pillars of Excellence Award winners under the Safety Pillar.
Patty Magdaluyo, Sharp Memorial Hospital
Patty is passionate about patient and employee safety, and has led multiple projects to successful outcomes through innovative means. On her home unit, 1-West Oncology, Patty led the chemotherapy and biotherapy safe-handling and administration efforts. Through one-on-one training and ongoing mentorship, her efforts kept patients safe, resulting in zero harm. In addition, her leadership and expertise have helped to significantly reduce urinary tract and central line infections, resulting in several consecutive months of zero infections.
Neonatal Infection Prevention, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
This committee identified an opportunity to reduce the incidence of lower respiratory tract infections, thereby reducing co-morbidities, mortality and length of stay, as well as reducing exposure to antibiotics. The multidisciplinary team focused on hand hygiene and best practices related to mechanical ventilation. Adjustments to equipment, including new ventilator circuits and more frequent changing of feeding tubes, were also incorporated. As a result of these efforts, these infections decreased by 42 percent.
Perinatal Special Care Unit, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
This unit often admits pregnant patients with a variety of mental health-related diagnoses, placing both the woman and newborn at a higher risk and requiring increased surveillance. To better meet the unique needs of these patients and address safety concerns for patients, newborns and team members, the PSCU Frontline Impact Team created a reference manual to establish care processes. The readily available, comprehensive manual is a valuable tool to care for psychiatric antepartum patients.