Last Chance to Apply for Community Health Prize (5/14/13)
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Prize-winning communities will receive a $25,000 cash prize, be connected to a network of other local health leaders, and have their stories shared broadly to inspire a culture of health across the country.
Wentworth-Douglass R.N. receives Clint Jones New Hampshire Nursing Award (5/10/13)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2013
Contact: John Clayton
CONCORD – Katie White, R.N., a registered pediatric nurse at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, is the 2013 recipient of the Clint M. Jones New Hampshire Nursing Award presented by the Foundation for Healthy Communities.
White, a University of New England graduate, received the eighth annual award during a special Nurses' Day program held Friday (May 10) at Wentworth-Douglas.
The Clint Jones Nursing Award was created in 2006 by the Foundation for Healthy Communities to honor the memory of the former director of the Foundation's N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership. The award recognizes a registered nurse practicing in New Hampshire for at least one year but not more than six years, who exemplifies quality nursing care and demonstrates a commitment to a career in nursing.
White first joined the staff at Wentworth-Douglass in 2010 and currently serves in the hospital's Women and Children's Center.
"Although Katie has only been working at Wentworth-Douglass for three years, the impact she has made has been significant," said fellow nurse Julie Cole in her letter of nomination. "On a daily basis, she demonstrates professionalism, sharp critical thinking skills and a superb bedside manner, and she demonstrates great potential to continue to be a leader in advancing the nursing profession."
Between November 2002 and February 2005, the N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership – under the direction of Clint Jones – distributed millions of dollars in forgivable loans to hundreds of aspiring nurses in college and practicing nurses who received specialty training or advanced degrees.
"Clint worked with extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment at the Foundation for Healthy Communities and with several other New Hampshire organizations to encourage people to pursue a nursing career," said Shawn LaFrance, the Foundation's executive director. "This award in Clint's name is one way to honor those who work so hard to care for patients across the state."
As they have every year, Clint's wife, Leslie, and son, Matt, attended the ceremony to present the award to the chosen nurse.
The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in New Hampshire. The Foundation's partnerships include hospitals, health plans, clinicians, home care agencies, public policy leaders, and other health and social service organizations. Learn more about the Foundation at www.healthyNH.com.
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Huggins Hospital's Second Quality Fair a Success (5/2/13)
WOLFEBORO — Huggins Hospital held its second Annual Quality Fair on April 23, 24, and 25. There were a total of 30 exhibits from a wide variety of departments who have worked over the past year on quality initiatives.
On Wednesday, the Quality Fair held its "Red Carpet Review" from noon to 2 p.m. Representatives from each department with an exhibit stood by to explain their project. Attendees included hospital staff, medical staff, hospital Trustees, representatives from the NH Hospital Association and the NH Foundation for Health Communities, and members of the public.
"The Red Carpet Review is a time for those departments represented at the Quality Fair to share their best practices," said Susan O. Warren, OT, CPHQ, the
Huggins Hospital Quality Coordinator. Employees throughout the hospital appreciate the Quality Fair as a time to learn more about what their colleagues in other departments are doing and how it is improving the overall patient experience. "A big part of quality improvement is using data to track work flow and efficiency," added Warren.
"Employees are taking the initiative to track data, identify issues, brainstorm possible solutions, and then implement their quality improvement plan," she explained. "Every employee is part of the quality equation from the medical/clinical staff to the housekeeping/maintenance staff."
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