Medical Center in Gladwin Receives 2012 Spirit of Quality Awards
MidMichigan Medical Center–Gladwin has received two Michigan Center for Rural Health 2012 Spirit of Quality Awards in Inpatient Service Excellence and Medication Safety Practices. Representatives Kay Wagner, director of quality for MidMichigan Health, Josh Wiggins, vice president and controller of the Medical Center in Clare and Gladwin, Dana Garafalo, quality and education manger of the Medical Center in Gladwin, and Carolyn VanWert, case manager and quality analyst for the Medical Center in Gladwin, accepted the awards.
MidMichigan Medical Center–Gladwin has received two Michigan Center for Rural Health 2012 Spirit of Quality Awards in Inpatient Service Excellence and Medication Safety Practices.
This is the fourth year the Michigan Center for Rural Health has offered the quality award. The award recognizes the Medical Center in Gladwin for making significant and sustained improvement in patient safety and quality improvement.
“Award recipients are committed to providing their patients with high quality health care,” said John Barnas, executive director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health. “The Michigan Center for Rural Health is pleased to sponsor this award which recognizes the dedication of hospital staff to provide the right care to the right patient each and every time.”
“Together the staff of MidMichigan Medical Center–Gladwin is demonstrating we are providing the very best in medical care,” said Dana Garafalo, quality and education manager. “The Medical Center is committed to the tenets of quality improvement that embrace evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes.”
The Medical Center’s multidisciplinary team embraced meaningful changes which benefit the organization as a whole, focus on issues that are central to the organization’s functioning, service delivery, and/or quality of services in order to review current processes and create interventions that improved inpatient satisfaction and medication safety. The quality improvement projects demonstrated that the changes/improvements were generalized to the entire organization.
The Medical Center was honored by The Michigan Center for Rural Health at an awards ceremony during the 13th Annual Michigan Critical Access Hospital Conference earlier this month in Boyne Falls. The Michigan Center for Rural Health is a non-profit organization formed in 1991 as part of a nationwide, federal and state initiative to recognize the importance of rural health care and to create a mechanism for resources to flow to rural areas.