Kittitas Valley Healthcare Receives Achievement Awards


Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) received four honorable mention awards at the 2013 Amerinet Healthcare Conference.

Awards were given in recognition of work completed during 2012.  Award categories include Quality/Patient Care Delivery and Patient Satisfaction, Financial and Operational Improvement, and Supply Chain/Data Management or Supply Cost Efficiencies.  

Honorable mention awards received:

Reducing 37-39 week elective inductions in a critical access hospital (Quality/Patient Care).  In 2012, KVH Hospital made a more than 75 percent improvement in the rate of elective inductions. Elective inductions occur when a woman chooses to have labor medically induced before 39 weeks gestation.  An elective induction puts the baby at greater risk of health problems than a healthy full-term birth.

Development of a cost-effective café menu for a rural critical access hospital (Financial/Operational Improvement).  KVH developed new café menus which are more cost-effective.  KVH Food and Nutrition Services staff also received training on recipe preparation and portion control.

Using Lean methodologies to create a Materials Management model line (Supply Chain). Changes were made to streamline supply distribution to the Critical Care Unit that resulted in an inventory cost savings of 46 percent.  This improved supply delivery times and reduced the number of delivery requests. The success of this system led to its incorporation in other areas of KVH.

KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum exam room standardization (Supply Chain). KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum designed a new supply system that standardized supplies available in each exam room. The system reduced inventory and time spent restocking supplies.

The public is invited to view award banners that were presented to KVH by Amerinet in recognition of the work completed.  Banners are on display at KVH Hospital and KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum.