Bluewater Health announces ‘Bridging Excellence’ award winners

Sixth annual 'peer nominated' program recognizes individuals and teams

This year's 2016 Bridging Excellence Awards are pictured. From left to right (front row): Madeleine Kerr, Rev. C. Joyce Hodgson, Dr. Youssef Almalki, Harry Rianto, Gayathri Radhakrishnan, and the members of the Best Practice Spotlight Organization Planning Committee (also in back row).

Bluewater Health, through its annual Bridging Excellence Awards, has recognized individuals and teams for their contributions to the organization, specifically citing dedication and commitment to excellence while delivering “exemplary healthcare” to the Sarnia-Lambton community.

“The strength of Bluewater Health is its people,” said Bluewater Health CEO Mike Lapaine. “The individuals and teams recognized . . . go above and beyond everyday expectations.”

A video of the introduction to the Bridging Excellence Awards can be seen below:

The selection panel for the awards includes members of the Board of Directors, Executive Council, Healthy Workplace Team, Human Resources, and previous award recipients.

Five Bridging Excellence Award recipients were selected in three categories:

Vision Award

This award recognizes team excellence and the team selected must represent an extraordinary orientation toward service to others.

The winner of this year’s award was the Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) Planning Committee. The team was instrumental in Bluewater Health’s three-year journey toward successful designation as a Best Practice Spotlight, a program organized by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.

A video of the Vision Awards finalists can be seen below:

Values Awards

There were three recipients in this category: one staff, one physician and one volunteer. The category is based on the demonstrated values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence (CARE).

The volunteer recipients of the Values Award are Madeline Kerr and Rev. C. Joyce Hodgson, Patient Experience Partner Co-chairs. Both serve on hospital committees, including ethics, patient and family-centred care advisory, patient flow and strategic planning and participate during interview panels, orientation and innovative management training.

They were said to inspire the volunteer group of Patient Experience Partners, bringing a spirit of collaboration, appreciation, and servant leadership. “They challenge the status quo with diplomacy and candor, to heighten the patient and family perspective and work diligently to model the principles of patient and family-centred care: respect and dignity, information sharing, participation and collaboration,” according to the announcement of the award.

Henry Rianto is the staff recipient of the Values Award.

A technical analyst for the past 18 years, Rianto’s astute attention to improving the patient and family experience and the quality of care at Bluewater Health was exemplified in his development of an electronic early warning scoring system tool that alerts healthcare professionals of patient acuity.

He is said to be a best practice champion, working with teams to embed evidence into documentation and practice, and to create reports to evaluate processes and patient outcomes. He also developed an electronic patient needs assessment tool and report, providing data to ensure the right patient is being cared for by the right provider in the right setting.

The physician recipient of the Values Award is Dr. Youssef Almalki, medical director, Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Almalki is said to have promoted exemplary care by cultivating a patient-centred environment and modeling the behaviour, accountability and professionalism he expects from others. He stays current in his profession through development opportunities and teaches best practices.

A video of the Values Awards finalists can be seen below:

Mission Award

This award is for an individual (staff, physician or volunteer) who demonstrates an extraordinary, recognized energy in the way they lives Bluewater Health’s mission.

This year’s award winner is Gayathri Radhakrishnan, who serves as a telemetry pharmacist. She joined Bluewater Health in 2011 and has since taken the lead on antimicrobial stewardship. She was instrumental in developing a medication reconciliation team, producing measurable results to deliver on the hospitals’ Quality Improvement Plan. Colleagues are said to know Radhakrishnan to be professional, meticulous, patient, intuitive, approachable and kind.

A video of the Mission Award finalists can be seen below:

‘Proud to recognize’

“The Board of Directors is proud to recognize these deserving recipients for their dedication and outstanding achievements,” said Lorri Kerrigan, Board Chair of Bluewater Health. “By their example, they set the bar for performance excellence.

The Bridging Excellence Awards were presented at a recognition ceremony Thursday evening (May 26, 2016).

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