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Nurses Receive WHA Award

Holy Family Memorial nurses took one of the top honors at the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s gathering of 16 hospitals who are participating in the Wisconsin Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) project. The meeting occurred midway through the project to bring 100 front line nurses and nurse leaders together for a day of sharing and learning about ways to transform the patient experience in hospitals across the State of Wisconsin.

Nurses from each hospital created an educational display for the event based on processes that they are using in their hospitals to transform patient care. After reviewing all the displays, nurses voted on the “Most Practical Idea Most Likely to be Stolen”. Holy Family Memorial was one of three hospitals to walk away with a top award. The idea of HFM nurses which has been in place for two months is called the “6 Foot Rule.” Under this rule all staff members on the Medical/Surgical patient unit stop in a patient room when they come within six feet of a room that has an activated light/alarm. Success of this plan is measured through patient surveys asking about staff responsiveness during their stay. Patient satisfaction has increased by 14% during the first two months of implementation!

In addition to increasing patient satisfaction, the TCAB project is creating nurses who are empowered to suggest, test and implement change at their hospitals giving them a new perspective on their role in the hospital.

The implementation of the TCAB project at HFM fits well with HFM’s nationally recognized “Reform Roadmap” which is Holy Family Memorial’s strategy for thoughtful, transformation of its health networks to continue the 113 year mission of providing excellent, patient-centered healthcare to the Lakeshore region; to improve the lives of individuals in Manitowoc County and other regional areas within HFM’s reach.