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Kirby Medical Center receives 'Innovation of the Year' honors


Kirby Medical Group Clinic’s “Age Well, Live Well: Healthy at Every Age” program was awarded the 2017 Hospital “Innovation of the Year” designation by the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network during ceremonies held November 14th at the I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL.

Participants were encouraged to submit innovations implemented at their respective hospitals which initiated a new approach to improve patient relationships, implement a new process flow or life-safety improvement, find a creative way to motivate and inspire staff, or foster a successful community project.

“Age Well, Live Well: Healthy Living at Every Age” is a program established in the Kirby Medical Group Clinic for senior patients and their families. The program was developed to provide senior patients with information about the Medicare Shared Savings program ACO in which KMC participates and also provide them with useful resources. Literature was created to help KMC’s senior patients understand their changing needs.

“This program is exactly the kind of innovation thinking we are looking for…a means to keep our populations healthier,” said Pat Schou, ICAHN Executive Director. “Kirby Medical did an exceptional job creating, implementing, marketing and providing necessary materials for the advancement of this  program in years to come.”

Kirby Medical Center participates in the Illinois Rural Community Care Organization. This Medicare Shared Saving Program ACO is a team effort with the healthcare provider and Medicare to give patients better, more coordinated care. As part of that effort, KMC organized workshops, the Senior Health Fair, and distributed educational materials and guidebooks. Educational presentations were offered every Wednesday morning during the month of May and concluded with an all-day free Senior Wellness Fair that was open to the public.

Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, won Honorable Mention Honors for its “In the Kitchen With Ashley” free monthly healthy cooking class.

Pictured are Pat Schou (left to right), ICAHN Executive Director, Leslie Sheets, RN, Clinical Care Coordinator at Kirby Medical Group, Heidi Apperson, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Kirby Medical Center, and Angie Charlet, ICAHN Director of Quality, Education Services, and Compliance.