HRSA has recognized health care teams and individual team members from across the nation that have achieved dramatic improvements in patient safety and health outcomes as part of the HRSA Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC). The PSPC is a national breakthrough effort to improve the quality of U.S. health care by integrating medical management into the care of high-risk, high-cost patients.
The teams were recognized at a recent PSPC Learning Session in Herndon, Virginia. Learning Sessions provide a forum for sharing leading practices among teams, who then implement these practices in their local health care communities throughout the country. The PSPC is spreading an innovative delivery system to save and improve the lives of chronically ill patients with high medication risk, and emphasizing medication safety systems. Advanced teams are pursuing opportunities to bring the PSPC delivery systems to full scale and PSPC is engaging a number of national partners to accelerate the spread of the delivery model across communities, with a goal of reaching 3,000 communities by 2015.
The awards, sponsored by the PSPC Alliance, were presented for outstanding achievements in executive and quality leadership, improving patient safety through detection and reduction of adverse drug events, providing exemplary leading practice examples, and notable improved increases in medical management, health outcomes and patient safety through documentation and performance. In addition, two teams received awards from the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health for innovative use of FDA’s health education materials. Lastly, the inaugural Frank Zampiello Memorial Award was presented to an exceptional PSPC faculty member, in honor of Frank Zampiello, who is remembered for his service as a senior consultant to the PSPC in the HRSA Office of Pharmacy Affairs since 2006. Frank worked endless hours strategically planning PSPC events and his work is clearly reflected in the success of participating PSPC teams.
For more information, visit www.hrsa.gov/patientsafety. A list of all awardees is below.
PSPC Award Winners
Outstanding Executive Leader Award – Awarded to an executive leader who demonstrated outstanding support of their organization’s involvement in the PSPC national collaborative.
Quality Leadership Award – Awarded to an individual PSPC team member who removes barriers in the most dramatic way for an organization to expand the delivery of clinical pharmacy services and/or the refinement of their care delivery system to improve patient safety and medication management.
Life-Saving Patient Safety Award – Awarded to teams that established systems and processes for detecting and identifying adverse drug events (ADEs) and preventing adverse drug events (pADEs), and having saved at least one patient’s life by detecting and preventing a life-threatening ADE.
Change Package Award – Awarded to teams that have posted outstanding examples of actions in any of the Change Package Strategy Areas in the Healthcare Communities Change Package forums.
Outstanding Performance Award – Awarded to teams that documented performance and results for their population of focus (PoF), using data, that demonstrated: increased CPS, Improved health outcomes, and ADEs and pADEs being identified and prevented.
FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) CPS Intervention Competition Award – Awarded to the best submission of a video tape of a CPS intervention using the FDA-OWH publications.
FDA OWH Excellence in Health Education and Outreach Award – Awarded to one team that demonstrates innovative incorporation of FDA-OWH publications in patient education and counseling that provide benefits to their program or patients.
Frank Zampiello Memorial Award – Awarded to one PSPC faculty member who demonstrates a persistent commitment to PSPC and true advocacy work in improving patient care. This faculty member consistently participates in PSPC team and faculty events and shares great ideas and suggestions to help enhance PSPC. Always ready and willing to contribute to PSPC efforts, the recipient goes above and beyond to help other teams progress through their own development as they work to improve their patients’ health outcomes and safety.