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OSF Holy Family Medical Center wins 'Innovation of the Year' honors


OSF Holy Family Medical Center was awarded Honorable Mention honors in the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network’s hospital ‘Innovation of the Year’ competition for its “Healthy Weight…Healthy You” obesity program. Participants were encouraged to submit innovations implemented at their respective hospitals which initiated a new approach to improve patient relationships, implemented a new process flow or life-safety improvement, found a creative way to motivate and inspire staff, or fostered a successful community project.

Shelley Wiborg, MS, RN, CNO, accepted the honor for OSF Holy Family Medical Center during a ceremony held November 9th at The Crowne Plaza, Springfield, and attended by critical access hospital leadership from throughout the state.

The ‘Healthy Weight…Healthy You’ obesity program was designed for weight reduction and behavior modification, with a focus on nutrition and exercise. The initial vision for this program stemmed from interactions with the center’s diabetic educator and her patients. Upon receiving a grant, organizers were able to purchase materials for in-person classes and incentive gifts for participants to maintain interest and motivation. Participants were chosen by a set criteria for BMI and other co-morbidities. Each weekly, hour-long class was taught by healthcare professionals, and the 12-week program was conducted four times per year. Success stories included a husband and wife team losing a total of 46 pounds while also reducing his Hgb A1C to normal; a woman losing the necessary 50-plus pounds to meet requirements for a hip replacement surgery; and a woman with hypertension that lost 90 pouns and is now much more easily recovering from a carotid endarterectomy.

“This project exemplified that innovative, ‘outside-the-box’ thinking is sometimes as simple as identifying a need and strategizing ways to fulfill the need that provides benefit to all parties involved,” said Pat Schou, ICAHN Executive Director. “This project goes above and beyond in fulfilling that need.”

The hospital  ‘Innovation of the Year’ Award is given annually to the critical access hospital project that ICAHN’s Education Committee and other esteemed judges deem the most innovative or inspiring for the hospital, its employees, patients, and community. Memorial Hospital-Carthage won the “Innovation of the Year” Award with the creation of its Outdoor Fitness Park, and Kirby Medical Center also won Honorable Mention honors with its Patient Satisfaction-PIEC Committee program.

Pictured is Shelley Wiborg, MS, RN, CNO, of OSF Holy Family Medical Center as she accepts ICAHN’s 2016 Hospital ‘Innovation of the Year’ Honorable Mention Award from Mark Rossi, ICAHN Board President.