Providence Health Care earns fourth consecutive 3M Award for health care innovation

    VANCOUVER, June 14 /CNW/ - A team of caregivers from Providence Health
Care (PHC) has once again won a 3M Health Care Quality Team Award from the
Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CCHSE). This marks the fourth
consecutive year that PHC has won this national honour that recognizes
innovation, quality and teamwork in health care.
    This year, the 3M Award goes to the Residential Medication Reconciliation
team, who reduced medication discrepancies and improved medication
documentation in admission orders for PHC care home residents by 75 percent.
    The award was presented June 12 at the annual National Healthcare
Leadership Conference in Toronto. Each year CCHSE presents one 3M Award in
each of two categories, hospital environment and non-hospital environment.
This is first time that PHC has won in the latter category.
    "Some of the greatest health-care challenges can be addressed with
ingenuity and teamwork," said Health Minister George Abbott. "I would like to
congratulate the Residential Medication Reconciliation team at Providence for
their great work in improving medication safety for care home residents and on
receiving this prestigious award. Patients and residents in British Columbia -
and nationally - are benefiting from the innovation being developed by B.C.'s
health professionals."
    "I'm proud of the fact that this year, it is a residential care team from
Providence that has won the 3M award," said Dianne Doyle, PHC's President and
CEO. "This is a part of our sector that continually does great work but
doesn't always get the deserved recognition."
    Pharmacists and nurses in residential care have long been concerned about
the number of discrepancies that occur when residents are moved into care
homes from acute care or the community - discrepancies that could potentially
result in medication errors.
    To help prevent this, the team introduced medication reconciliation, a
structured review process that has been shown to be a powerful strategy in
preventing errors at these transition points.

    Providence Health Care is Canada's largest faith-based health care
organization and operates five residential care homes. PHC also operates
St. Paul's, Mount Saint Joseph and Holy Family hospitals.

For further information:

For further information: Gavin Wilson, Providence Health Care
Communications, Tel (604) 806-8583, Pgr (604) 667-4397,

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