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2017 MHS award winners honored

MHS “Advancements towards High Reliability in Health Care” Awards: Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Awards - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for “High Value Cost Conscious Care: Optimizing the Electronic Medical Record to Reduce Unnecessary or Redundant Lab Orders.” Pictured (left to right) are Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency, Navy Lt. Brett Sadowski, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alison Lane, Navy Lt. Sara Robinson, Navy Lt. Nora Maddy and Tom McCaffery, acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. (Courtesy photo) MHS “Advancements towards High Reliability in Health Care” Awards: Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Awards - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for “High Value Cost Conscious Care: Optimizing the Electronic Medical Record to Reduce Unnecessary or Redundant Lab Orders.” Pictured (left to right) are Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency, Navy Lt. Brett Sadowski, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alison Lane, Navy Lt. Sara Robinson, Navy Lt. Nora Maddy and Tom McCaffery, acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. (Courtesy photo)

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MHS Special Recognition

The Department of Defense Military Health System honored its top healthcare providers and facilities during an awards ceremony Nov. 30 as part of the 126th Annual AMSUS (The Society for Federal Health Professionals) Meeting at the National Harbor Gaylord Convention Center, Oxon Hill, Maryland. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Tom McCaffery presided over the ceremony.   

MHS Female Physician Awards: This award recognizes female physicians for their contributions to military medicine, while mentoring and inspiring young women working in the fields of medicine and science.

  • Army Junior Award:  Maj. Tatjana P. Calvano, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  • Navy Junior Award:  Lt. Cmdr. Heather L. Shibley, Naval Special Warfare Group Two Logistics and Support Unit, Falls Church, Virginia
  • Air Force Junior Award:  Maj. Sarah M. Reynolds, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Public Health Service Junior Award:  Lt. Cmdr. Toya H. Kelley, Federal Correctional Institution Edgefield, Edgefield, South Carolina
  • Army Senior Award: Col. Mary J. Edwards, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  • Navy Senior Award: Cmdr. Paulette R. T. Cazares, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, California
  • Air Force Senior Award: Col. Gianna R. Zeh, Air Force Medical Operation Agency, Lackland, Texas
  • Public Health Service Senior Award: Capt. Luzviminda K. Peredo-Berger, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.

MHS Military and Civilian Nursing Excellence in Leadership Awards: This award acknowledges and honors Military and Civilian registered nurses in the field at the tactical/operational level who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, noteworthy clinical/administrative nursing accomplishments, while exhibiting exceptional compassion and commitment to patients, colleagues, and the profession of nursing.

Military Nursing Awards:

  • Army Junior Award:  Maj. Kaitlyn M. Perkins, Hohenfels Health Clinic, Hohenfels, Germany
  • Navy Junior Award: Lt. Cmdr. Bradley S. Hazen, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Air Force Junior Award:  Maj. Cindy L. Callisto, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Nursing Senior Award: Navy Capt. Jeremy J. Hawker, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia

Civilian Nursing Awards:

  • Army Junior Award:  James J. Fitzgerald, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Navy Junior Award:  Elizabeth A. Campbell, Naval Health Clinic, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Air Force Junior Award:  Ms. Sherry D. Baker, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
  • Civilian Nursing Senior Award:  Mr. Manuel Santiago, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

MHS Military Allied Health Leadership Excellence Awards: The Allied Health award recognizes those providers both clinical and non-clinical who do a great service to the patients but are not physicians, dentists, hospital administrators, or nurses.

  • Junior Non-Clinician:  Navy Lt. Dawn M. Whiting, Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan
  • Junior Clinician:  Air Force Maj. Rachel E. Wiley, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Senior Non-Clinician: Air Force Maj. Stephanie K. Harley, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Senior Clinician: Air Force Maj. Neysa M. Etienne, 86th Medical Squadron, Landstuhl, Germany

MHS “Advancements towards High Reliability in Health Care” Awards: This award’s program recognizes continuous improvement, initiative and commitment to the development of systems and processes that will lead the MHS towards a better, safer, nationally-recognized health care system that our patients and families deserve.

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Awards:

  • Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (California) for “Cervical Cancer Screening Optimization;” Commander: Navy Capt. Frank Pearson
  • 99th Medical Group Nellis Air Force Base (Nevada) for “Enhanced Surgical Recovery Program;” Commander:  Air Force Col. Virginia Garner
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Maryland) for “High Value Cost Conscious Care: Optimizing the Electronic Medical Record to Reduce Unnecessary or Redundant Lab Orders;” Commander: Navy Capt. Mark Kobelja
  • Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (Virginia) for “Improving Sterile Instrument and Process Handling;” Commander: Army Col. Jason S. Wieman
  • David Grant Medical Center (California) for “Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Program to Reduce Surgical Complications;” Commander: Air Force Col. Rachel Hight
  • Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital (Korea) for “Increasing Healthcare Effectiveness and Data Information Set Low-Back Pain Imaging Compliance at MEDDAC-K;” Commander: Army Col. Erica Clarkson
  • USAMEDDAC Ft. Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield (Georgia) for “Winn Army Community Hospital Clinical Improvement of Low Back Pain;” Commander: Army Col. Christopher H. Warner
  • Health Net Federal Services LLC for “Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening by Mailing Fecal Immunochemical Testing Home Screening Kits to Beneficiaries;” Commander:  Dr. Joyce Grissom, Chief Medical Officer
  • Naval Hospital Pensacola (Florida) for “Improving Healthcare Effectiveness and Data Information Set Antidepressant Medication Management;” Commander: Navy Capt. Amy Branstetter

Improved Access Awards

Use of Embedded Assets to Improve Access to Comprehensive Primary Care

  • 15th Medical Group Hickam Air Force Base (Hawaii) for “Partners in Care Program;” Commander: Air Force Col. Kara Gormont

Improving Access Using a Market or Integrated Healthcare System Approach

  • Colorado Springs (Colorado) enhanced Multi-Service Markets for “Access to Care;” Commander: Air Force Col. Patrick M. Garman

Improving Access in Specialty or Ancillary Care

  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Maryland) for “Dispensing Pharmacists Prescribing Naloxone for Patients at Risk of Opioid Overdose;” Commander: Navy Capt. Mark Kobelja
  • Madigan Army Medical Center (Washington) for “Decreasing Preoperative Appointment Duration;” Commander: Army Col. Michael Place

Improving Access/Readiness in Operational Medicine

  • US Naval Hospital Okinawa (Japan) for “Liaison Naval Officer Program;” Commander: Navy Capt. Cynthia Kuehner

Improving Access in Primary Care

  • 87th Medical Group McGuire Air Force Base (New Jersey) for “Access to Care Improvement;” Commander: Air Force Col Michael D. Foutch
  • 14th Medical Group Columbus Air Force Base (Mississippi) for “Importance of Continuous Process Improvement;” Commander: Air Force Col. Imelda Reedy
  • 9th Medical Group Beale Air Force Base (California) for “An Integrated Solution;” Commander: Air Force Col. Paul Gourley

Patient Engagement Awards

Clinically Focused Engagement:

  • San Antonio Military Medical Center (Texas) for “The Supervision Stoplight: A Visual Aid to Patients Recognition of GME Supervision Hierarchy;” Commander: Army Col. Timothy Huisken
  • Naval Medical Center San Diego (California) for “Postpartum Warning – A Nursing Partnership to Standardize and Improve Postpartum Discharge Education;” Commander: Navy Capt. Joel Roos

Patient Engagement Programs

  • 47th Medical Group Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) for “Text-Me-Now Initiative;” Commander: Air Force Col. Thatcher Cardon
  • 97th Medical Group Altus Air Force Base (Oklahoma) for "I Don't Understand" – Removing the Silence for those with Limited Health Literacy;” Commander: Air Force Col. Devin P. Beckstrand
  • 17th Medical Group Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) for “Improving Relationships through Patient Engagement;” Commander: Air Force Col. Janet Urbanski

 

2017 National Surgical Quality Improvement Program American College of Surgeons Meritorious Awards: These hospitals have been recognized as the top 10% of hospitals in eight surgical outcomes: mortality, cardiac, pneumonia, unplanned intubation, ventilator for more than 48 hours, renal failure, urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections.

  • David Grant USAF Medical Center, Fairfield, California
  • 81st Medical Group- Keesler Medical Center, Mississippi
  • Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

See the photos of all the winners. Read the complete abstracts on each of the “Advancements towards High Reliability in Health Care” awards.

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Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency (far left) and Thomas McCaffery, acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (far right), present the MHS “Advancements towards High Reliability in Health Care” Quality and Patient Safety Award to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital for “Improving Sterile Instrument and Process Handling.” Accepting award (left to right) are Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Asante, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lara Kirchner, Army Maj. Shirley Ochoa-Dobies, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Renardo Reid and Chief Petty Officer James Pell. (Courtesy photo)

Several activities and one individual from the Defense Health Agency were recognized during an awards ceremony

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