Awards and honors

Vidant Health is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the people and communities it serves, touches, and supports. The health system has recently been recognized and received awards from numerous organizations for demonstrating excellence in education, quality, safety, respiratory care, and patient experience. 

The awards are:

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Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced Oct. 31 by The Leapfrog Group. Four Vidant Health hospitals - Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Beaufort, Vidant Duplin and Vidant Edgecombe - were among 15 percent of hospitals in the country that earned an “A” from the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Group. Read more.  

Great 100 Nurses
The Great 100, Inc, a peer recognition organization honoring nursing excellence in North Carolina, has recognized 11 Vidant Health nurses in its list of the 2016 Great 100 Nurses. The Vidant Health nurses chosen this year are Teresa Anderson, Lisa Callahan, Jennifer Davenport, Heather Hall, Michelle Hamilton, Megon Howard, Jennifer Parnell, Michelle Pickrel, Paula Rhode, Sue Tripp and Fran White. The nurses were honored at a gala event on Oct. 15 in Greensboro.

NC Prevention Partners Awards
Several Vidant Health hospitals recently received WorkHealthy America Gold awards from NC Prevention Partners, a public health leader that offers worksite wellness programs. Vidant Beaufort received the Gold Star award for providing a quality tobacco-free workplace program. Vidant Bertie, Vidant Chowan, Vidant Edgecombe, Vidant Medical Center and The Outer Banks Hospital all received the Gold Star award and the Gold Apple award, which recognizes quality workplace nutrition programs. Vidant Duplin Hospital received Gold Excellence recognition for excellence in four categories: tobacco-free, nutrition, culture of wellness and physical activity workplace programs.

Get With The Guidelines honors
Vidant Medical Center received the American College of Cardiology’s ACTION Registry-Get With The Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Vidant Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that it has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

The East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center was recognized by the American Heart Association for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Achievement Measures and 75% or higher compliance with four or more Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Quality Measures. Read more.

James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital was recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines – Resuscitation Achievement Measures. Read more.

Infant Safe Sleep Hospital Model of Excellence
James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center has been recognized as an Infant Safe Sleep Hospital Model of Excellence by the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation. Healthy Start Foundation is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate preventable infant death and illness in North Carolina. The purpose of the award is to recognize hospitals that are proven leaders in infant safe sleep policy, practice and education. Maynard Children’s met four areas of excellence to qualify for this award: policy, staff training and education, patient education and modeling, and community outreach. It was one of only 13 hospitals in the state to receive this award.

American Association for Respiratory Care
Respiratory Care services at Vidant Medical center has been selected by the American Association for Respiratory Care to present a case review at the national conference in Tampa, Florida. The Presentation will address how respiratory care professionals managed a complex trauma patient who was placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). This is the only international respiratory care conference and more than 6,000 people from around the world attend.

HealthStream Excellence through Insight Award
Vidant SurgiCenter has been recognized with an Excellence through Insight Award for “Overall Patient Experience in Outpatient—Same Day Surgery Unit” by HealthStream, Inc. Vidant SurgiCenter received this honor for its commitment to excellence in patient care. To qualify for the award, a health care facility must have been a patient experience-tracking client of HealthStream in 2014, scored in the 75th percentile or higher, and surveyed a minimum of 100 patients. This is the fourth time in six years Vidant SurgiCenter has received this award. The honor puts the facility at the top of its class for patient experience and exemplifies its dedication to providing the highest standards for all patients.

National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN)
Dr. Shakira Henderson, director of nursing and health sciences research for nursing administration at Vidant Medical Center, has been selected to receive the 2015 NANN Navigator Award. The award acknowledges clinicians for superior mentoring skills and contributions made to neonatal nursing. Dr. Henderson was nominated and ultimately chosen for the award for her outstanding teaching and motivational skills. Recipients for the navigator award are chosen for being clinically and technically skilled in their profession, and their ability to share their experiences and viewpoints willingly.

HIMSS Stage 6 Designation
All Vidant Medical Group physician practices and clinics have received Stage 6 designation of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. This designation honors the organization’s accomplishments to implement technology solutions that have the ability to improve patient safety and quality of care. Vidant Medical Group is among only 14% of providers across the country that have achieved HIMSS EMR stage 6 designation or greater. Read more.

Chest Pain Accreditation
Vidant Medical Center received full Chest Pain Center accreditation from the national Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). The accreditation includes percutaneous coronary intervention, in which blocked arteries are opened to allow adequate blood flow to the heart. Achieving accreditation, the SCPC notes, confirms Vidant Medical Center “has demonstrated expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria.” Read more. 

North Carolina's Best Doctors List
Vidant Health is proud to be working with dozens of physicians on North Carolina's Best Doctors list. By supporting all our physicians, and by partnering with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University to train the next generation of doctors, we're helping make sure everyone in eastern North Carolina has access to high-quality medical care. That includes heart care, cancer care, specialty care for kids and so much more, all close to home. And that's good for us all. View the Vidant Health physicians on the 2014 Best Doctors in North Carolina list.

Vidant Medical Center honored for quality stroke care
For the sixth consecutive year, Vidant Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. Read more.

John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety & Quality Award
Vidant Health has been awarded the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award from the National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission.The award was for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality at the Local Level. Vidant Health is only one of four organizations being recognized nationally for its quality and patient safety initiatives. Read more.

Magnet® Designation
Vidant Medical Center has earned Magnet® designation, the highest level of recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only 7 percent of all U.S. hospitals achieve this status, which recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and professional practice. Read more.

McKesson Quest for Quality Prize®
Vidant Medical Center is one of only four U.S. hospitals to be awarded the 2013 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize,® which recognizes hospital leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. Read more.

U.S. News “Best Hospitals”
Vidant Medical Center has been ranked #16 in North Carolina and among the Best Hospitals in the Coastal Plain (NC) in U.S. News & World Report’s latest “Best Hospitals” ranking. For 2013-14, Vidant Medical Center was also recognized in four areas of medical specialty: gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. Read more

Vidant Medical Center units received two of the eight recipients of the 2013 National Awards Program to Recognize Achievements in Eliminating Health Care-Associated Infections from the Critical Care Societies Collaborative in partnership with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The Cardiac Intermediate Unit at the East Carolina Heart Institute was honored for its efforts to eliminate central line-associated bloodstream infections. The Medical Intermediate Unit at Vidant Medical Center was recognized for reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia infections. Read more.

VHA Central Atlantic Awards
Vidant Bertie Hospital, Vidant Chowan Hospital, Vidant Duplin Hospital and The Outer Banks Hospital earned “MRSA Infection Reduction” awards from the Central Atlantic division of VHA Inc., a national network for not-for-profit health systems. Vidant Chowan Hospital and Vidant Edgecombe Hospital were recognized with “Reducing Preventable Heart Failure Readmissions” awards.

Most Wired
For the 12th year, Vidant Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health systems, according to results of an annual survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Read more