2016 Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence in Health Care

Since 2008, The Fine Awards have recognized teams who demonstrate innovative, exceptional performance around patient safety and quality improvement within their organizations. High-performing organizations require teams that work collaboratively to measurably improve care, save lives, and make important discoveries. The Fines seek to have the awardees work directly with young professionals to communicate the methods they use and the value they derive from offering the safest, most reliable, most satisfying care possible.

In 2016, the Fine Awards honor teamwork excellence in three clinical settings: a primary care practice, a behavioral health unit, and a hospital. The winnings teams are (project name in italics):

  • Behavioral Health Unit: Allegheny Valley Hospital for Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit Teams Drive Fall Prevention and Protection Improvements
  • Hospital (tie): Excela Health for Central Line Associated Bacteremia (CLAB) Prevention – It Is Possible! and UPMC Shadyside for Saving Faces: An Interdisciplinary Effort to Reduce Facial Pressure Ulcers in Orally Intubated Patients
  • Primary Care: The Open Door, Inc. for Representing the solution to optimal health outcomes for high-risk payees living with HIV/AIDS
  • Special Recognition: UPMC St. Margaret Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center for Our Sensational HPV Vaccination Trial

Following an open request for applications to healthcare providers in western Pennsylvania, a panel of judges selected the 2016 Fine Award winners based on applicants’ ability to show measurable, long-term improvement and move the quality bar within their organizations; achieve support from top administrators; and develop a plan to sustain and spread their work.

The 2016 Fine Award winners will also have the opportunity to spread their knowledge and commitment to quality to a new generation of healthcare leaders by serving as mentors for JHF’s Patient Safety Fellowship. The Fine Award winners will host the fellowship’s multidisciplinary graduate students for clinical observations and help them apply quality improvement and teamwork concepts to their future roles in health care. Winners will also work with JHF and The Fine Foundation to guide future versions of the Fine Awards and Patient Safety Fellowship.