Contact: Daniel Murphy
Moon Township., PA (June 1, 2010) —The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently honored Heritage Valley Health System with two Achievement Awards for 2010. For the second year, Heritage Valley was the sole HAP Innovation Award winner, garnering recognition for its Mobile Clinical Access Portal (M-CAP) Enabling Physician Workflow submission. The Health System also received another Achievement Award for its Pediatric Asthma Care Protocol Project in the community outreach and engagement category.
Each year, HAP honors innovation, creativity, and commitment to patient care through an annual Achievement Awards program, which showcases hospital and health system best practices in areas of workforce, community outreach and engagement, patient safety, patient care, and operational excellence. Seventeen winners were selected from 134 entries this year, with all submissions considered for the “Innovation Award.”
“For the second year in a row Heritage Valley has been awarded the Innovation Award from HAP, which is truly humbling,” said Norm Mitry, president and chief executive officer at Heritage Valley. “Two of Heritage Valley’s strategic imperatives are information technology and community health. These achievement awards in innovation and community outreach and engagement demonstrate the Health System’s dedication to improving the health and well-being of all people in the communities we serve.”
The HAP Achievement Award for Innovation was given to Heritage Valley Health System for its submission on Mobile Clinical Access Portal (M-CAP) Enabling Physician Workflow. The Mobile Clinical Access Portal (M-CAP) is a wireless handheld device solution that provides physicians with three years of online clinical data from any Wi-Fi or Broadband connection point. It provides a cross continuum view of patients from ambulatory, acute care, and long term care environments and was designed to allow integration and interoperability with other clinical applications.
Heritage Valley’s Pediatric Asthma Care Protocol Project received a HAP Achievement Award for Community Outreach and Engagement. The Health System has a successful community pediatric asthma program, Breath ‘N Easy, which has shown favorable outcomes for its participants. One of the goals of the Pediatric Asthma Protocol Project was to increase referrals to Breath ‘N Easy through the Health System’s emergency departments and pediatric units. As a result of the Project, the Breath ‘N Easy Program realized a 24% increase in enrollment.
Representatives from HAP will present the awards to Heritage Valley at an upcoming Heritage Valley Health System Board of Directors meeting.