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May 8, 2007 > National Hospital Week Celebrates Dedication to Quality Care

National Hospital Week Celebrates Dedication to Quality Care

Washington Hospital Marks Another Landmark Year in Health Care

Dedication to quality is a guiding principle at Washington Hospital, as it combines all available resources to deliver the highest possible standard of care. During National Hospital Week, May 6-12, Washington Hospital Healthcare System celebrates the staff, and volunteers that dedicate themselves to providing quality patient care each and every day.

The theme of this year's Hospital Week is "Care You Count On. People You Trust." This sentiment is especially fitting given Washington Hospital's successful participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) 100,000 Lives Campaign, a national initiative to save a specified number of lives using proven clinical practices and methods. Through the combined efforts of the more than 3,100 hospitals nationwide that participated in this initiative, these hospitals saved an estimated 122,000 lives in 18 months.

Based on the success of the 100,000 Lives Campaign, Washington Hospital has enlisted to join the recently launched 5 Million Lives Campaign. The goal of this IHI initiative is to protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm over the next two years using proven interventions that can save lives and reduce patient injuries.
In 2006, Washington Hospital received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from the leading independent health care ratings organization HealthGrades. The award is significant because it placed Washington Hospital among the top five percent of all hospitals nationwide in terms of clinical excellence. Washington Hospital is one of only 20 hospitals in California to receive this distinction.
In the past year, Washington Hospital Healthcare System has developed several new services and programs including the Washington Outpatient Imaging Center, Washington Women's Center and the Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute which will house our new Gamma Knife program. These innovative services are intended to meet the ever growing health care needs of our District residents.

None of these accomplishments would be possible without the hard work and dedication from the more than 2,100 people in the hospital - from employees to volunteers - that make up the hospital's heart.

On the front lines of patient care are the hospital's more than 665 nurses who coordinate all aspects of that care. As team leaders, registered nurses (R.N.) guide the work of licensed vocational nurses (L.V.N.), certified nursing assistants (C.N.A.), unit clerks and orthopedic technicians. Other nurses, called clinical specialists, who must meet educational and clinical practice requirements beyond the basic nursing education and licensing required of all registered nurses, are available to consult and advise in specialty areas, such as mother-baby care.

In addition to nursing staff, the hospital employs a number of different highly qualified professionals. Therapists and technicians, with years of specialized training and experience, staff various departments, such as: Physical Rehabilitation, Speech Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, X-ray, Clinical Laboratory, Blood Bank, EEG (electroencephalography, or testing the brain's electrical activity), EKG (electrocardiography, or testing heart function), Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy and Pharmacy. Most of the skilled people working in these areas offer care and services to patients who have been admitted to the hospital, as well as outpatients referred by physicians.

While the Washington Hospital Medical Staff members and Washington Hospital's nursing staff are essential components to the hospital's mission, there are also many more people behind the scenes that help make the hospital what it is.

From the Washington Hospital Service League volunteer who greets you in the hospital's main lobby to the technicians in the Engineering Department who ensure that the power is always on - there are employees and volunteers there around the clock to help ensure that your experience in the hospital is the best it can be.

If a patient or family member is in need of counseling or comfort during their stay in the hospital, spiritual care volunteers are on-call around the clock to offer their support.

Hospital staff dietitians offer nutritional counseling. The Food and Nutritional Services Department staff members ensure patients receive meals that fit their dietary requirements.

There are so many special people working behind the scenes at Washington Hospital. These people include staff members employed in Admitting, Communications, Engineering, Environmental Services, Finance, Food and Nutrition Services, Housekeeping, Human Resources, Information Systems, Materials Management, Medical Records, Security, and Volunteer Services departments - just to name a few.

If you visit Washington Hospital for care May 6-12 or even visit a friend, remember to say thanks to the staff member who helps make sure your stay is a bit more comfortable.

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