Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) is the winner of the 2009 Innovation Award for Innovations in Health Human Resources. The $10,000 achievement grant was presented by Deb Matthews, minister of health and long-term care, during a health conference by the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ontario government in November.“We are proud to have received this prestigious award. Innovation is at the core of many of our employee-led improvements at Rouge Valley, and we are delighted that this successful program is being celebrated in this way,” says Janet Harris, vice president, quality, risk, professional practice, and chief nursing executive. Both the project and exhibit, Neonatal and Paediatric Orientation Program Designed for the New Graduate, were created by Rose Owen, clinical practice leader, neonatal intensive care unit and special care nursery, and Minette MacNeil, clinical practice leader, paediatrics and surgery at Rouge Valley. “We are pleasantly surprised and honoured to receive this award. We are proud to have our project celebrated among such an innovative group of other exhibits all aimed at improving the quality of health care given to our patients,” says MacNeil. The program, designed to go along with the province’s 2007 New Graduate Initiative, gives new registered nursing graduates a comprehensive knowledge base to enhance caring for the sick neonate child and their families. The new nursing graduate initiative allows extended time to learn the knowledge and skills to be practiced in a lab setting. Learning is enhanced by working alongside an experienced mentor in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and paediatric specialty areas. The initiative will also increase cross-training opportunities and improve recruitment and retention of nurses through the acquisition of knowledge, experience and confidence. Also on display was One Stop Shopping at Rouge for Preoperative Screening, a presentation created by Catherine McConnachie, change management specialist, transformation management office; Julie Baker, manager RVAP surgical program; and Dianne Power, charge nurse, pre-operative assessment clinic. The presentation highlighted the results of two improvement projects that took place in the ambulatory care unit (ACU) at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital campus in west Durham Region. The presentation showed how teams from various areas of the hospital were able to decrease wait times for patients in the ACU. Both Rouge Valley presenters were among two hundred exhibitors at the conference to present in one of six categories: meeting community needs through integrated care; improving quality and patient safety; improving efficiency through process redesign; innovations in health information management; health human resources; and health promotion.