Hospital recognizes innovators
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point awarded two employees with the HCA Innovators Award, which is designed to further connect employees to the HCA organization and reward them for innovative ideas that contribute to improvement at all levels.
Awards are given in three categories at local facilities, the division level and the corporate levels. Facility-level winners receive $1,000, a plaque, a front-row parking spot or pass in the physicians’ parking lot for a full year, a large dish garden, a copy of the book “The Life & Legacy of Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr.,” and a personal letter signed by Frist. RMCBP recognized pharmacists Nicholas Rigopoulos and UJ Patel, for an IV sterile compounding monitoring tracker. From left: UJ Patel; Shayne George, the hospital’s CEO; and, Nicholas Rigopoulos.
Oak Hill Hospital earns distinction
Florida Blue has selected Oak Hill Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.
Hospitals designated for knee and hip replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation.
Hospital’s heart care is ‘golden’
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills was awarded the Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures as outlined by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
Hospitals that receive the gold plus award have reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure or stroke patients with an 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels for 24 consecutive months.
The hospital’s Heart Institute celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
For information on the Heart Institute and program, visit HeartExpertsPasco.com.
Academy students the ‘best’
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills hosted the B.E.S.T. Summer Academy for high school students interested in pursuing a career as a physician, nurse, pharmacist, physical therapist, dentist or other health professional.
The academy was founded by Dr. Dexter Frederick, internist/pediatrician, who still has an active role in the program.
Participating students from Pasco and Hillsborough counties had to complete an application, have a GPA of at least 3.0, and participate in an interview before being accepted.
The students accepted at FHZ rotated through different departments, including surgery, and shadowed health care professionals. Students also took classes that included anatomy, vital signs, diabetes management and prevention, and emergency care for minor injuries.
For information on the academy and how to apply, visit TampaBestAcademy.com.