Thursday, February 20, 2014 - Broward Health Highlights Improvements In Service, Quality
(From L to R) Broward Health’s Paul Echelard, senior vice president & COO, Deborah Rey, director of quality systems, Dr. Georges Boutin, senior vice president & CMO, and Frank Nask, president & CEO.

Annual Quality Expo Allows Medical Staff, Leadership to Share Best Practices  

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Teams from across Broward Health came together to tout their dedicated efforts to problem solving, improving hospital processes and cost reduction at the 2014 Quality Expo at the Broward County Convention Center on Friday, February 14.

“All of the presenters in this year’s Quality Expo exhibited the remarkable enhancements that are being employed across the hospital system,” said Frank Nask, CEO of Broward Health. “All of the participants should be commended for their dedication to Broward health and improving our ability to deliver world-class healthcare to all.”

A panel of judges, including Ferdinand Richards III, MD, Rick Welsh, RN, CPHQ and Sally A. Forsberg, RNC, BSN, MBA, NEA-BC, CPHQ, CPC-H, reviewed the presentations and named winners in the storyboard and showcase categories. The event was held in conjunction with the annual Leadership Symposium, which allows for the Broward Health leadership teams to gather and share best practices.

The competition’s focus was to educate staff and leadership on the process improvement initiatives that have occurred throughout the Broward Health system over the past year. Attendees learned about system enhancements and ways to improve product lines and customer service capabilities.

Participation in this event rewards and recognizes team members for their outstanding efforts and contributions. Typically, team projects fall into the category of problem-solving or improvement/innovation.

Broward Health North (BHN) earned top honors in the presentation category. The team showed how BHN has worked to reduce total patient harm by 10 percent over the past year. The team exceeded that goal with a 23 percent reduction in incidents. As a result, the hospital was featured in a Florida Hospital Association video on best practices and BHN CEO Pauline Grant participated in a webinar presented by the American Hospital Association.

The winning storyboard team from Broward Health Medical Center implemented a consistent and standardized nursing orientation that meets the healthcare needs of our community while supporting the organizational goals. The new approach has increased retention by more than 14 percent and decreased the time spent in orientation by 20 percent, producing a cost savings of close to $300,000.

The showcase winners were:
Platinum Award
Broward Health North - “Reducing Total Harm, Seeing the Big Picture”
Gold Award
Broward Health Coral Springs - “Improving ED Patient Flow – This Is How We Do It!”
Silver Award
Broward Health Medical Center - “Unplanned ER Returns: The Holy Grail of Recidivism” 
Bronze Award
Broward Health Imperial Point - “The Down Fall” Team

The storyboard winners were:
First Place
Broward Health Medical Center –  “All Aboard – Orientation Standardization, A Strategic On-boarding Process For Nurses”
Second Place
Broward Health Coral Springs – “Sugar and Spice – ‘Let’s Keep Mom Healthy and Nice’ Hypertension Management in Pregnancy”
Third Place

Broward Health Medical Center – “Mom’s Diner - Exclusive Breastfeeding”

Broward Health, providing service for more than 75 years, is a nationally recognized system in South Florida that offers world-class healthcare to all. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group, Broward Health International, Broward Health Urgent Care and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit