Recent Awards & Recognitions

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  • Lee Memorial Health System Earns Two FHA Awards
    Oct. 2014 - --- Lee Memorial Health System received two major statewide recognitions:
    The Leadership in Quality & Patient Safety Award recognizes the success of establishing safety behaviors and error prevention as daily habits. Lee Memorial Health System won for its safety coach program. More than 600 SafeLee Safety Coaches are in place to assure the health system’s safety behaviors and error prevention tools become a daily habit. The Safety Coaches are instrumental in identifying issues that put patients at risk. Their duties include reinforcing safe behaviors and providing corrective feedback when needed and assisting teammates in identifying and removing safety barriers. They are communicators, observers, role models, educators, storytellers and partners.
    Lee Memorial Health System was also recognized as Best Hospital Workplace (over 150 beds) for working to create a strong culture of quality, safety and patient experience by engaging employees in culture changing activities including coaching and communication skills training. Lee Memorial Health System has made a deliberate effort to create an organizational culture that is safe and supportive, while continuously improving and implementing practices that support delivering the highest value to patients by balancing quality, cost and access. The health system’s vision, mission, values and strategic plan initiatives are aligned to guide this culture.
  • Golisano Children’s Hospital Receives ‘Path to Excellence’ Award
    Sept. 2014 - Golisano Children’s Hospital was recognized by the National Research Corporation as the best performing children’s hospital nationwide in delivering an excellent patient experience. As a 2014 award recipient, Golisano Children’s Hospital is among a select group of health care innovators leading the way on the path to patient-centered care, with greater than 98% of patients saying they were satisfied overall with care at the facility. This was the highest score of all 109 children’s hospitals in their comparison group.
    National Research selected Path to Excellence award recipients based on their achievement within categories that patients have identified as being most important to the quality of their care
  • HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital Achieve Top Honors as one of Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ Recipients
    July 2014 - HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital have achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award. The recognition distinguishes HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital as a top performing hospital in women’s health and distinguishes them among the top 5% in the nation by comparing performance, not only for maternity care and gynecological services, but also how women fared when treated for cardiac, orthopedic, stroke and other conditions.
    To see the complete Healthgrades Women’s Health Report 2014, including full methodology, please visit: www.healthgrades.com/quality
  • Lee Memorial Health System Hospitals Recognized as ‘Most Wired’
    July 2014 - Each of Lee Memorial Health System’s four acute care hospitals has been recognized as “Most Wired” by Hospitals & Health Networks 16th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. As the nation’s health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect care providers with each other and with patients.
    The 2014 Most Wired Award survey looked at Lee Memorial Health System’s clinical automation, internal supply chain automation, physician portal, mobile device software tools, telehealth capabilities, automated clinical decision support to assist optimum care, internet capabilities, and patient engagement tools like MyChart and the MyChart Mobile Application.
  • Care Transitions Receives Prestigious Case In Point Platinum Award
    May 2014 - Lee Memorial Health System’s Care Transitions program has received the prestigious Case In Point Platinum award from Dorland Health. The award recognizes the most successful and innovative case management programs working to improve healthcare across the care continuum and the professionals and organizations making significant headway to address the challenges affecting the U.S. health care system.
  • Lee Memorial Health System Named Healthcare Innovator of the Year
    May 2014 - Food Management has awarded Culinary Solutions and Lee Memorial Health System with the Healthcare Innovator of the Year Award. Food Management, a leader throughout the noncommercial food industry, serves food service directors, managers and chefs throughout the United States. The award recognizes the high standards set by the program and the attention to detail in food preparation.
    Central production at Culinary Solutions allows our hospitals to offer a cost-efficient modified room service program for patients as well as upgrade their café menus and implement the Journey to a Healthier You healthy eating initiative across the system.
    The dining program has received solid financial support from our administrators to build the Culinary Solutions infrastructure and significantly renovate retail dining facilities at HealthPark Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital.
  • Hospitals Honored by American Heart Association for High Quality Stroke Care
    May 2014 - Lee Memorial Health System’s four acute care hospitals are being recognized by the American Heart Association for implementing Get With The Guidelines stroke treatment protocol. Get With The Guidelines helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based protocol that are proven to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients.
    Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, Gulf Coast Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital all received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. This is the third award of its kind for Gulf Coast Medical Center and a first for Cape Coral Hospital which received designation as a Primary Stroke Center in September of 2013.
    Each of Lee Memorial Health System’s acute care hospitals earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
    Lee Memorial Hospital, Cape Coral Hospital and Gulf Coast Medical Center also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.
  • Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center Named Among America’s 50 Best Hospitals -- Top 1% nationwide
    February 2014 - Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center are proud to be named among the nation’s 50 Best hospitals by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This impressive distinction places Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center in the Top 1% of hospitals nationwide, out of over 4,500 hospitals evaluated. Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out, and no hospital pays to be evaluated.
    Only 1 percent of hospitals in the nation achieved this level of recognition for their consistent clinical quality based on an unbiased and objective review of clinical outcomes using nine years of data. Being in the Top 1% means patients of Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center are less likely to experience medical or surgical complications, and have the best chances for survival during and after hospitalization. “Additionally, we are proud that both Gulf Coast Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital have also recently received numerous levels of distinction from Healthgrades,” adds Jim Nathan, President, Lee Memorial Health System.
    Healthgrades America’s 50 Best™ designation recognizes hospitals for consistent clinical excellence by identifying those that received a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the most consecutive years. Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center have achieved the Distinguished Hospital award (Top 5% in the nation) for 8 years in a row. Recognition as top hospitals who have received this award for 8 years or more include the likes of Mayo Clinic and New York Presbyterian.
    These top hospitals are differentiated by their overall clinical excellence and have exhibited consistent superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients across a broad spectrum of care. Hospitals who have achieved this distinction set a clear and formal framework for improving quality which allows teams to evaluate and build on success, and quality is embedded in their culture.
    Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at www.healthgrades.com. Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for over 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 36 procedures and conditions annually based on Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database. To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s Best Hospitals Award recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.
  • Bob Janes Triage Center Wins National Hospital Charitable Services Award
    February 2014 - The Bob Janes Triage Center is among ten programs from across the country recognized as a Program of Excellence by the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare.
    The Bob Janes Triage Center is a multi-agency collaboration that serves as a voluntary diversion program for individuals exhibiting symptoms of a behavioral health disorder(s) and who are at risk for low-level involvement with the criminal justice system. In addition, the project serves individuals referred by Lee Memorial Health System hospitals who are high utilizers of acute medical and behavioral health services including frequent hospital visits for non-emergent care, crisis stabilization and detoxification. Homeless veterans are also referred by the Veteran’s Administration.
  • Lee Memorial Health System Earns Employer of Choice® Designation
    January 2014 - Lee Memorial Health System been awarded the designation “Employer of Choice®” in recognition of its dedication to a workplace culture that attracts, optimizes and retains high quality employees. The Employer of Choice® designation is awarded by Employer of Choice International, Inc., after completing a rigorous evaluation process, and review by an expert panel of independent human resource consultants. This is the third time Lee Memorial Health System has earned the Employer of Choice® designation.
  • Child Care Centers Earn Asthma Award
    October 2013 - The Lee Memorial Health System Child Care Centers were recently recognized as the first hospital system in the state of Florida to obtain platinum level status, the highest recognition, as Asthma Friendly Centers. The Department of Health’s Florida Asthma Coalition has recognized and presented each of them with an Asthma Friendly Child Care Center achievement certificate.
    They have worked with the Lee Memorial Health System Asthma Health Management Program to form their asthma leadership team, educate their staff with on-line asthma education, attended classroom education in Asthma 101 and Medication Training, obtained an asthma friendly environment at all facilities, have Asthma Action Plans for all asthmatic children in their care, have asthma posters on display, receive air quality alerts, and have developed a policy for asthma friendly centers.
  • Best of Business 2013
    September 2013 – In its Inaugural Readers Choice Awards poll, HealthPark Medical Center was voted ‘Best Hospital’ by readers of Gulfshore Business magazine. Lee Memorial Hospital was also named a finalist in the survey.
  • 2013 Golden Baby Shoe Awards
    August 2013 - Awarded by Healthy Start of Southwest Florida, the Golden Baby Shoe Award acknowledges individuals who show outstanding efforts to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women or babies throughout Lee, Collier, Glades, and Hendry Counties.
    Jill Carpenter, BSW, Team Leader for Lee Memorial Home Health Healthy Start Team and Nancy Travis, RN, BC, CPN, CBC, BSN, MS, Director of Women's Care for Cape Coral Hospital are both recipients of the award this year.
  • Gulf Coast Medical Center Named In Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.
    July 2013--- Gulf Coast Medical Center has been named one of the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. for 2013 by Soliant Health, a leading provider of specialized healthcare staffing services whose travelers have observed the link between beautiful hospitals and pleased patients as they work in facilities around the country.
    Gulf Coast Medical Center was purposefully designed, both inside and out, to create an environment which promotes healing and comfort for patients and their families. Visitors are taken out of a clinical setting to enjoy the pleasant feel of high glass ceilings and an open layout adorned with palm trees. A beautiful bright fountain illuminates the entrance at night.
  • HealthPark Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital Recognized as Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ Recipients
    June 2013 --- HealthPark Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital announced today that they have achieved the Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physician and hospitals. This recognition distinguishes HealthPark Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital as top performing hospitals in women’s health by comparing performance, not only for maternity care and gynecological services, but also how women fared when treated for cardiology, orthopedic, stroke and other conditions.
  • Family Medicine Residency Program Receives Full Accredidation
     May 2013 – The Florida State University College of Medicine and Lee Memorial Health System received news that their family medicine residency program has received full accreditation for the maximum initial interval of three years.
    The program, expected to produce six new family medicine physicians a year, will be the first residency program in Southwest Florida approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Among the fastest-growing regions in the state, the area needs more physicians to take care of a population that grew by more than 40 percent in Lee County between 2000 and 2010.
    The Family Medicine Residency Program is intended to help combat a growing shortage of primary care physicians. Numerous studies have shown that most physicians end up practicing near where they completed residency or fellowship training.
  • Congestive Heart Failure Team Wins First Place for Abstract presented at the 16th Congress of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
     May 2013 --- Members of the congestive heart failure team at HealthPark Medical Center were recently awarded first place for an abstract presented at the 16th annual Congress of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). The abstract focused on the multidisciplinary approach the team uses to improve quality of care and decrease the rate of readmissions to the hospital for heart failure patients.
  • Baby Steps to a Baby Friendly Hospital Cape Coral Hospital Earns Second Star by Making Breastfeeding a Priority
     April 2013 --- Cape Coral Hospital received its second star for its dedication to improvements in quality maternity care. Cape Coral Hospital’s Family Birth Suites were the first hospital in the state to receive the second star in the Florida Quest for Quality Maternity Care Award by creating action plans to improve the quality of care and support for mothers and babies giving birth within the health system. A Baby Steps to Baby-Friendly task force was formed with members from physician and nursing staff. The task force was able to develop a new policy addressing the needs of the breastfeeding infant and mother.
    The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. designed the quality improvement award based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the Baby Friendly USA 4-D Pathway. Hospitals are awarded a star as they achieve each of the five phases in the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. Cape Coral Hospital, which delivers over 1500 babies a year, previously achieved “one star” recognition in October, 2012.
  • Cape Coral Hospital Receives Certified Zero High Reliability Award
     March 2013 --- Lee Memorial Health System has awarded Cape Coral Hospital the first Certified Zero High Reliability Award. To recognize high reliability behavior and performance excellence, the award is given to hospitals or hospital units that go for a year or longer without any occurrences of hospital-acquired infections or conditions, or serious safety events. Cape Coral Hospital received this recognition by achieving zero serious safety events for 18 consecutive months.
    The award, the first of its kind given by Lee Memorial Health System, was presented during the Feb. 28 Board of Directors meeting in anticipation of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 3 – 9. The Certified Zero High Reliability Award was created to acknowledge a hospital or hospital unit’s efforts to develop a culture of safety and quality care that is the responsibility of all staff members.
  • Lee Memorial Health System Earns STAR Program® Certification Regional Cancer Center to Offer New Cancer Rehab Services for Survivors
    January 2013 --- Lee Memorial Health System announced today that it has earned its STAR Program® Certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care. Lee Memorial Health System is leading the way by offering excellent cancer rehabilitation services to its patients by becoming STAR Program Certified.
    STAR Program Certification uniquely qualifies hospitals and cancer centers like Lee Memorial Health System to offer premium Oncology Rehabilitation Services to survivors who suffer from debilitating side effects caused by cancer or its treatments.
  • Cape Coral Hospital Receives NICHE Designation
    January 2013 --- Cape Coral Hospital has joined a distinguished network of hospitals and healthcare professionals by achieving designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) site. This site designation though the New York University College of Nursing was created to improve the quality of care for the hospitalized elderly by increasing awareness of geriatric issues and implementing protocols for geriatric care.

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