DVACO Recognizes 2022 Healthcare Quality Week
Healthcare Quality Week is celebrated each year during the third week in October. The week is dedicated to acknowledging the progress made by healthcare quality professionals and the work they do to improve patient outcomes. This special time also allows for reflection on past successes, and preparation for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Each day, healthcare quality professionals focus on enhancing patient care and improving outcomes and value. They work in every area of healthcare. Healthcare quality roles include patient safety, regulation, accreditation, analytics, quality review, just to name a few.
At the center of the recognition is the acknowledgement of healthcare professionals who strive for a safe, quality patient experience throughout the industry. The week also focuses on education, quality activities and allows for sharing both tools and protocols, such as the free webinars offered by the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) Free NAHQ webinars. All activities are designed to improve outcomes and provide the highest quality care possible.
DVACO Quality Improvement Team
Lauren Talley, Kim Burgess, Tina Sokolowski, Toni Arnold
Beth Souder, Emma Myers, Ginna Bodycot, Jeanette Flood
Payton Watts, Sherrie Eisman, Juli Gruber-May, Gina Gibson
Nancy Welsh, Vicki Vitacco Hansell, Terry Tull
Kyle Brown, Emmy Stup, Nhi Tran, Jennifer Pawlowski
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Since 1985, the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) has been using Healthcare Quality Week to highlight the important role that healthcare quality professionals play in their organizations. NAHQ also provides the industry-standard framework for healthcare quality competencies that reduce variability of healthcare delivery, by offering a common vocabulary and toolset. NAHQ’s Healthcare Quality Competency Framework, shown below, articulates everything that must be present in a high-functioning quality program and offers career pathways for individuals to explore and is shown below.
Ginna Bodycot BSN, RN DVACO Director of Quality Improvement shared the following:
“At DVACO one of many ways Quality Improvement is carried out is through the work of the Quality Operations/Oversight Group which convenes each month to cooperatively drive quality efforts in the physician offices, hospitals, and outpatient facilities. Serving are representatives from DVACO and our partner organizations that represent quality, clinical, pharmacy, outreach, practice transformation, analytics, and contracting departments. This dynamic and dedicated Group generously share best practices, tools, identify solutions to barriers and celebrate big and little wins together associated with improved processes and care. It is the Healthcare Quality Competency Framework in action.”