KVH Receives Washington State Hospital Association Rural Quality: Everyday Extraordinary Award


Kittitas Valley Healthcare received the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) 2017 Rural Quality: Everyday Extraordinary Award for its success in reducing sepsis in patients through its “KVH Sepsis Taskforce.”

“Washington’s rural hospitals have always been ready to be held to the same standards of their urban and suburban counterparts,” WSHA Senior Vice President for Patient Safety Jennifer Graves said. “They care deeply about providing top-quality care to their communities, and we are proud to recognize the many caregivers at Kittitas Valley Healthcare for their achievement in reducing sepsis.”

“We take sepsis and all other bloodstream infections very seriously,” KVH CEO Julie Petersen said. “Our sepsis taskforce did incredible work in process improvement to identify and treat sepsis rapidly in order to increase positive outcomes of this serious and often tragic disease.”

The award recognizes outstanding process improvement efforts by a rural healthcare facility. Rural facilities wishing to be considered for the award submitted answers to 10 essay questions. Submissions were blinded and evaluated by a panel of judges from WSHA, the Washington State Department of Health, Qualis and a rural quality leader. Scoring was a point system that included an evaluation of process improvement tools used for data collection, data analysis, identifying the root cause of the process failure, multidisciplinary teamwork, communication and the outcome of the project. 

“It was important to the judges that the award winners have measurable results,” said Linda Michel, WSHA Director of Rural Quality. “Kittitas Valley Healthcare’s submission was extremely impressive, and demonstrates their commitment to safe, effective healthcare for the communities they serve.”  

The Rural Quality: Everyday Extraordinary Award was presented to KVH at the 41st Annual Leadership Conference hosted by Washington State Hospital Association and the Association for Washington Public Hospital Districts on June 27.
About WSHA
The Washington State Hospital Association works to improve the health of all Washington state residents by being active on key issues of policy and quality. WSHA represents more than 100 hospitals and health systems in the state, including those that are non-profit, investor-owned, and county, state and military hospitals. In 2005, WSHA launched the Patient Safety program to help hospitals improve patient safety by supporting the widespread adoption of evidence-based clinical practices. WSHA works to improve the health of the people of the state by becoming involved in all matters affecting the delivery, quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care.

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