Leading the way in innovation and excellence

Tuesday 23 October 2018

St Vincent's Hospital
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne has excelled in the St Vincent’s Health Australia Innovation & Excellence Awards, claiming five awards, including the Chairman’s Award for Excellence.
The Awards were announced at a gala dinner on with representatives from across SVHA’s 27 facilities and 18,000 staff. St Vincent’s Melbourne was well represented, having the most finalists of any of the SVHA facilities, with 14 finalists in the six Award categories.

CEO Angela Nolan was full of praise for the award winners. ‘It was a great source of pride to see the acknowledgement of all the great work that is being done here,’ she said. ‘I would like to congratulate each of the people involved in these projects and acknowledge their willingness to challenge our traditional way of doing things.’

SVHA Innovation & Excellence Award winners

Leaders in Catholic healthcare and service to the poor and vulnerable

The Good Samaritan Fund Committee
Inspired by the countless acts of personal generosity offered by our staff, the Good Samaritan Fund (GSF) offers direct and immediate assistance to patients facing hardship and disadvantage. Managed by a diligent committee chaired by Dr Anthony Dowling, and with operational support from Abbey Luckhurst, the GSF Committee has overseen the distribution of more than $140,000 to vulnerable patients and their families.

Excellent care for our patients and residents - Clinical innovation

Simulation training to improve code stroke performance

In response to an identified sub-optimal performance in hyperacute stroke care, a multidisciplinary team developed simulation training to improve our response to stroke patients at St Vincent’s. The project identified and improved processes in areas such as emergency, radiology, anaesthetic, nursing, and clerical; introducing changes that resulted in a 70 minute reduction in median treatment times.

Excellent care for our patients and residents - Person centred care

Avoiding deterioration in Parkinson's disease

This project educated clinicians about the risk of delayed or interacting medications for patients with Parkinson’s disease. The project also introduced clinical handover prompts to improve timely, appropriate care. As a result, average length of stay for these patients reduced from 4.5 to 3.7 days, and emergency admission length of stay reduced from 5.4 to 3.8 days.

CEO’s Award for Individual Excellence

Fiona McKinnon

This award is for an individual who influences leadership, excellence or the mission and values of our organisation. Fiona was recognised as an inspiring leader who leads by example and brings our values alive, with her use of positive reinforcement, her ability to make everyone feel important as well as her amazing memory. The nomination also mentioned Fiona’s authentic personal interest in all of her staff. It was recognised that Fiona recently stepped up to the Acting Executive Director of Mission, and that she has championed the Continuous Improvement framework to her area of influence within St Vincent’s.

Chairman’s Award for Excellence

High Risk Foot Clinic

This clinic, implemented in February 2017, has successfully provided an integrated, person-centred approach to patients presenting with complex foot conditions. Results from the clinic have shown a 10% reduction in hospital admissions and a 15% reduction in Emergency Department presentations. The service has improved patient outcomes and is forecast to significantly improve long term patient outcomes.
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