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Norman Regional Health System receives VHA National Awards

NORMAN – Norman Regional Health System won national awards from VHA Inc., a national health care alliance, for providing superior care to patients in its intensive care unit or ICU and excellent clinical care in pneumonia and ventilator associated pneumonia.

“We are very proud of the work going on in our Health System. None of this would be possible without our amazing physicians, nurses and support staff working together to reach these levels of performance,” stated David Whitaker, President and CEO of NRHS.

The Health System received the 2008 VHA Transformation of the ICU Awards for outstanding performance in the areas of blood stream infections, glucose control and sepsis implementation. Norman Regional was one of only four hospitals nationwide to earn three awards clinical excellence awards from VHA this year and one of only three hospitals that has had no blood stream infections for more than two years.

Patients in the ICU are often sicker than other patients, and therefore, more susceptible to developing complications, such as blood stream infections. Providing superior care to these patients can reduce the likelihood for complications that could lengthen hospital stays.

“Receiving these awards is tremendous news for our patients,” said Sheela McKenzie, RN, project manager for Norman Regional’s ICU. “Care is our upmost concern and our staff goes above and beyond to provide both state-of-the-art and evidence-based practices.”

The Health System was also recognized with the 2008 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence in the area of pneumonia and ventilator associated pneumonia. Norman Regional had no reported cases of ventilator associated pneumonia for 12 consecutive months. This is the third time Norman Regional has won this award.

“Across the nation, the pressure is on hospitals to improve their clinical performance,” said Trent Haywood, M.D., J.D., chief medical officer at VHA. “Norman Regional Health System has responded and excelled in this environment.”

The Health System was honored at VHA’s Leadership Conference in Philadelphia on May 4.

VHA serves more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 21,000 non-acute health care organizations nationwide. VHA tracked hospital performance from one quarter over the next and only recognized hospitals that continued to show improvement each quarter, or whose average scores across these measures put the hospital at the top of the nation.

VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national alliance that provides industry-leading supply chain management services and supports the formation of regional and national networks to help members improve their clinical and economic performance. With 16 offices across the U.S., VHA has a track record of proven results in serving more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 21,000 non-acute health care organizations nationwide.

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