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Awards & Recognition

Pediatric Surgery Team

Pediatric Surgery Team Aims to Reduce ED Visits for G-tube Issues by 25%

A Pediatric Surgery team, led by Marsha Pulhamus, P.N.P. and Derek S. Wakeman, M.D., wants to prevent ED visits from pediatric patients whose feeding tubes dislodge after discharge from the hospital. Their goal: improve patient satisfaction and reduce ED visits by 25 percent in one year.

Kori Wolcott - Registrar Abstract Competition Award

Kori Wolcott Receives the Registrar Abstract Competition Award

Kori Wolcott, R.N., B.S.N., CPHQ was selected to receive the Registrar Abstract Competition Award at the 2018 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality and Safety Conference.

The abstract titled "Successes Achieved and Lessons Learned from Participation in the National Surgical Quality Improvement-Pediatric (NSQIP-P) Appendectomy Pilot" was submitted and accepted for podium presentation. The abstract discussed the successes the appendectomy work group achieved in reduction of preoperative appendectomy CT utilization as well as the reduction of post-operative PICC and TPN utilization. The estimated cost savings from these reductions was $62,000.

2018 Lean Grand Rounds and Excellence Awards

The 8th annual Lean Grand Rounds and Excellence Awards were held on July 13, 2018 at URMC. Several pediatric teams from GCH were honored with one of the thirteen awards.

GCH 6 South Unit-Based Performance Program - Team - Bronze award


GCH 6 South Unit-Based Performance Program (UPP) Team - Implementing a discharge coordinator role

Creating the discharge coordinator role has increased patient and family satisfaction and improved the patient discharge process. Length of stay and readmission rates for the unit have dropped, and quality and safety has been positively impacted.

Pediatric Perioperative Surgical Home - Silver Award


Pediatric Perioperative Surgical Home - Reducing readmission rates for pediatric orthopedic patients

In comparing the team’s baseline period to their early implementation phase, unplanned readmissions decreased from 4 to 2.9 percent and surgical site infections decreased from 3.5 to 2.3 percent.

Pediatric Heart Program Team - Bronze Award


Pediatric Heart Program Team - Creating traveling procedure carts

The development and sustainment of these carts requires collaboration between nursing, Materials Processing Department and Sterile Processing Department staff. The traveling carts have reduced wasted supplies and duplication. The carts have also allowed the team of clinicians to respond more promptly to emergency situations on the units.

Peds Surgery QI Team - Team Based Care Summit award

Peds Surgery QI Team with the Team Based Care Summit Award

The Pediatric Surgery Quality Improvement Group (PSQIP) was chosen for the 2017 URMC Team Based Care Summit Award. The team submitted an abstract that showed reductions in surgical site infections, fewer unplanned re-intubations, reduced CT scan use, reduced blood transfusion use, reduced length of stay and fewer readmissions. The team attached estimated dollar amounts to the reduced complication and calculated a cost saving of greater than 1.5 Million dollars.

Pediatric Team Operations Excellence Lean Silver Team Award

Peds Flu Immunization Lean Team

The Pediatric Flu Immunization Lean Team was awarded the 2017 Lean Operations Excellence Silver Team Award. The team developed a new system for documenting employee flu vaccinations. The process had been very complex and resulted in some staff not being able to work due to missing verification of their flu vaccine. The team created a business plan to purchase electronic badge scanners to streamline the process. The new process was piloted in 2016 in pediatrics with great success and staff satisfaction. The new process will be expanded to all of URMC for 2017.

2015 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient SafetyIMPACT: Inpatient Multidisciplinary Pediatric Asthma Team

The Golisano Children’s Hospital Inpatient Multidisciplinary Pediatric Asthma Care Team (IMPACT) received the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS) 2015 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety. They developed and implemented a care pathway for children with asthma to safely shorten their hospital stay and provide family education for asthma care at home. IMPACT also received the 2015 URMC Board Award for Quality for their innovation.

Pictured are IMPACT leaders Dr. Michael S. Leonard, Dr. Eric Biondi, Julie Gottfried, Irene Dutko-Fiorvanti and Jan Schriefer.

Golisano Children's Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital recognized as 'Gold Safe Sleep Champions'

UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital’s Obstetrics Division were recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as “Gold Safe Sleep Champions,” the highest designation, for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

Golisano Children’s Hospital is a Top Level Patient-Centered Medical Home

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has accredited the Golisano Children’s Hospital Pediatric Practice as a Patient-Centered Medical Home Level III under the 2014 standards. Since the practice received their first designation in 2010, they have been committed to transforming the practice culture to one of patient centeredness and team based care. These efforts include care coordination, accessibility to appointments, utilization of technology, and a proactive approach focusing on preventative care. As the shape of healthcare continues to change, the Pediatric Practice remains dedicated to providing excellent care to the children in this community.

Nurse MagnetNursing Excellence

We have been re-designated as Magnet® hospital. The achievement reflects Strong’s high quality of patient care, outstanding nursing standards and practice, and supportive environment for its 2,200 nursing professionals. Fewer than 7 percent of American hospitals have received this honor from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).