Providence sweeps the Top Innovation – Affiliate category at the 2016 BC Health Care Awards

Jun 28, 2016 | Spotlight | News

Providence's Infection Prevention and Control team, pictured above, is the recipient of the Gold Apple award

The BC Health Care Awards recognize outstanding health care employees and reward innovation and best practices within BC’s publicly funded health care providers. Presented by the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC), the awards celebrate the successes in our province’s health care community. Awards are for projects improving health care delivery in BC and for individual health employees inspiring those around them.

Providence Health Care’s Infection Prevention and Control team has been honoured with a Gold Apple in the Top Innovation – Affiliates category at the 10th annual BC Health Care Awards for the Daily Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Bathing Project. The awards were handed out June 27, 2016 at a gala luncheon hosted by the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.

One in 12 adults admitted to a Canadian hospital is affected by multi drug-resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA.

With a limited number of effective antibiotics and increasing resistance, new infection control solutions are critical.

In collaboration with the medicine program, Providence Health Care’s Infection Prevention and Control team implemented daily bathing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) for patients admitted to medicine units at St. Paul’s Hospital. CHG is an antiseptic solution that’s effective against a wide spectrum of bacteria, including MRSA and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE).

The purpose of the project was to evaluate the effectiveness of daily CHG bathing on medical inpatient units, using a crossover study design. The team monitored indicators of hospital-associated MRSA and VRE. They found that in the units that used CHG instead of soap and water, hospital-associated MRSA was reduced by 55.3 per cent and VRE was reduced by 35.6 per cent.

Importantly, CHG resistance was not identified and adverse events, such as rashes, were rare.

This Gold Apple award is the latest in a string of wins for Providence’s IPAC team, who have held the winning position of “Best Poster” award for an incredible three years in a row at the national IPAC Canada 2016 National Education Conference.

PHC’s Awards of Merit recipients

Providence Health Care was also honoured with two Awards of Merit in the Top Innovation – Affiliates category for the following projects:

Lower Mainland Health Information Management – Transcription Services Project

Health Information Management (HIM) is a Lower Mainland consolidated department led by PHC. One of its services is Transcription Services and Health Information Exchange. In order to support the savings goal of Lower Mainland consolidation, HIM needed to meet an annual savings target of $3 million.

The Transcription Services Project (TSP) focused on getting patient reports to clinicians and patients in a timely and efficient manner across four of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland health organizations. The TSP resulted in clinicians and patients receiving transcribed patient reports more than 10 times faster than before implementation. The project resulted in $7.9 million savings annually and over 65 per cent of transcribed reports are now delivered electronically directly to physician electronic medical records instead of mailed or faxed.

Providence Health Care – Practice-based Research Challenge

PHC’s Practice-based Research Challenge is an innovative program that supports teams of nurses and allied health clinicians to conduct small-scale research projects in their practice settings with support from research mentors. The Research Challenge program has been recognized as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada, and PHC has made a commitment to offer the program as a permanent opportunity for point-of-care clinicians. The implementation of the Research Challenge has fostered an appreciation for, and increase in evidence-based practice and brought about sustained changes in clinical practice at all levels of the organization.

For more information on the BC Health Care Awards, visit To view videos of the Gold Apple winners, visit the BC Health Care Awards YouTube channel.

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