Windsor Regional Hospital wins“People’s Choice Award” at Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and OHA Innovations Expo

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On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, Windsor Regional Hospital was awarded the People’s Choice Award for their Follow the Yellow Dot Initiative at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and OHA Innovations Expo.

Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo 2010 showcases initiatives driving the health-care system renewal in Ontario. The event reflects the six themes that focus on the government’s Excellent Care for All Act to create a high quality, integrated health care system with better patient outcomes and improved access to care.

Follow the Yellow Dot is an innovation created by the team at Windsor Regional Hospital using Lean tools that focuses on communication between caregivers in order to reduce/eliminate the transmission of community acquired based infections in the Hospital.

The award was presented to a team of Windsor Regional Hospital staff and Board members by the Minister of Health and Long Term Care along with a cheque for $10,000.

This award comes on the heels of Windsor Regional Hospital being awarded two (2) out of six (6) Leading Practice Awards at the Annual OHA International Convention in Toronto, Ontario a day before.

Windsor Regional Hospital was previously informed that a record ten (10) initiatives have been selected as International Leading Practice Award recipients out of hundreds of leading practices.

Windsor Regional Hospital is also being spotlighted at the 22nd annual International Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) International Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care on December 5-8, 2010, in Orlando, Florida.

“This award is particularly special because it is based on votes from our peer Hospitals” said David Musyj, President and CEO, Windsor Regional Hospital. David stated further “I am pleased to see the Hospital is being recognized and rewarded for the leadership it has shown and the innovations it has created in the provision of health care that result in better patient outcomes. The funds will be used for continuing education, on-going learning and creation of future innovations that will result in outstanding patient safety and quality outcomes that will benefit Windsor Regional Hospital’s patients and used as a best practices by others across North America”.

This is the second time in three years that the Hospital has won the People’s Choice Award. It previously was given the award for the Can the Complaining Initiative.