Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Named 2012 Franklin Award of Distinction Winner
DENVER, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Joint Commission and the American Case Management Association (ACMA) announced today the selection of Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier, California, as the winner of the 2012 Franklin Award of Distinction.
ACMA and The Joint Commission formally presented the Franklin Award to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital on Friday, April 27, at the ACMA National Conference in Denver.
Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital’s Care Management program provides a team-based approach to case management for the integrated health system’s patients and the community. Presbyterian Intercommunity was chosen based on its commitment to patient-centered care and holistic management. The model provides for common policies and procedures, electronic case management tools, and a collaborative practice approach which includes nurses, social workers, physicians, patients, caregivers and the community.
Care Management’s clear delineation of roles and responsibilities across all team disciplines ensures timely and effective coordination of care at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. The Care Management program relies on the power of partnerships built throughout the continuum.
“Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital’s team-based care model – which includes proactive daily rounds with the patient care team at the bedside – distinctively characterized their case management service,” says L. Greg Cunningham, MHA, CEO, ACMA. “The hospital’s investment in social medicine with post-hospital discharge clinics and dedicated staff in the homeless shelter are evidence of the organization’s community commitment and the recognition of patients’ and case management’s needs.”
A panel of national experts, including nurses, social workers and other health care professionals identified by ACMA and The Joint Commission, carefully reviewed the nominations and selected Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital for the award. The organization was evaluated on its ability to demonstrate a commitment to a collaborative philosophy and an interdisciplinary process for case management.
“It is an honor to receive recognition as a national leader for our care management program,” said Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) President and CEO Jim West. “Receiving this award of distinction is a testament to the dedication of our care management team’s focus on patient advocacy and the organization’s commitment to delivering quality healthcare to our community.”
“The Joint Commission applauds Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital for demonstrating a strong commitment to facilitating optimal care along the continuum. Their home care, homeless shelter, and clinic programs represent an exemplary investment in community. These programs improve the overall quality of care for patients and the community as a whole, in addition to making wise use of health care resources,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission.
The award is named for Benjamin Franklin, the co-founder of the first organized hospital in the United States. His personal character, integrity and credibility, as well as his reputation as an entrepreneur and inventor, represent the type of leadership and forward thinking that distinguish the hospitals or health systems recognized as Franklin Award recipients.
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SOURCE American Case Management Association