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Harris Health System Wins DNV GL Healthcare Innovation Award

Houston Provider Cited for Its Recognition of Nursing Achievements

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Harris Health System, Houston’s biggest safety net provider, was the winner of DNV GL Healthcare’s annual Innovation Award.

The selection of the two-hospital Harris Health System was announced at DNV GL Healthcare’s sixth annual symposium in San Antonio last week.

Harris Health System’s innovation was the Luminary Award, used to recognize milestone achievements by its 2,100-member nursing staff by unit. The Luminary Award criteria meet the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for Magnet designation and the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence.

Among recent Luminary Award recipients was Harris Health’s obstetrics nurses. That unit launched an initiative to increase the number of staff with four-year college degrees. As a result, the number of nurses in the unit with baccalaureate-level nursing degrees more than tripled between 2011 and 2015, and number with master-level degrees tripled between 2012 and 2015. Numerous studies have shown that nurses with higher levels of education are able to perform more complex tasks and deliver higher-quality healthcare.

Finalists for the Innovation Award included New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C., which undertook an initiative to use mobile “tele-sitters” to monitor patients at risk for falls, allowing the hospital to provide more coverage with fewer personnel; and another Harris Health System innovation, Realizing Improvement Through Team Empowerment, an initiative intended to empower frontline staff to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

“Harris Health System and New Hanover Regional Medical Center are rapidly moving the dial forward in providing cost-effective enhancements to the care they provide their patients,” said DNV GL Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Patrick Horine.

DNV GL Healthcare is the second-largest hospital accreditation body in the United States. It accredits some 500 hospitals in 49 states to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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