Quality is top priority at Sioux Valley Ten projects implemented by various departments throughout the Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center were judged Aug. 21 during the Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center Quality Fair.
The event was established to recognize the medical center's departments in their quality assurance and performance improvement projects of the previous year.
"We are very excited about holding our own Quality Fair so we can share our success stories with all our employees and the community," said Julie Girard, quality resource coordinator at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.
The top five projects at the local Quality Fair will be featured in the Sioux Valley Hospital and Health System (SVH&HS) Quality Fair in September. Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center has finished in first place in the Clinical Performance category of the SVH&HS Quality Fair for the last two years.
Entries for the local Quality Fair (noting the top five) were:
* Home Sweet Home: Improving Resident Satisfaction at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center (third);
* Countdown to Improved ER Service Documentation, Coding Compliance and Reimbursement;
* Diabetes Education Round-up (fourth);
* Creative Solutions to the Nursing Shortage in a Small, Rural Facility;
* Clean Up Capers: Improvements Made in the Purchasing Department;
* Finding the Pot of Gold: Improving Financial Performance at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center (tie for first);
* Improving Patient Education for Surgery Patients (fifth);
* Service with a Smile: The Service Excellence Program at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center;
* Healthy Kids Start Here: Improving the Immunization Rates at Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic;
* What's Cooking at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center (tie for first).
"Providing high quality health care is our number one priority at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center," said John Paulson, CEO of Sioux Valley Vermilion Medical Center. "The success we are achieving in our Service Excellence program is a result of our staff's dedication to quality. People in the Vermillion area can take pride in their local health services and the excellent medical staff and patient/resident care team who provide their services."
Judges for the Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center Quality Fair included Fern Kaufman, president of the Dakota Hospital Association & Foundation, Diane Duin, University of South Dakota School of Business, M. Jill Karolevitz of the Plain Talk, Rep. B.J. Nesselhuf and Rep. Judy Clark.