McDonough District Hospital Staff Awarded 2022 Patient Safety Champion Award


NAPERVILLE, IL – The Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Patient Safety Organization (PSO) has announced that the nursing staff of McDonough District Hospital has been recognized with a MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion team award for their extraordinary efforts to improve patient safety in healthcare.

The award was presented by MAPS, an Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) company, at the MAPS PSO Annual Culture of Safety Workshop.

The MAPS PSO committee honored the following nursing staff members at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb:

  • Jolyn Utter, RN (chair)
  • Angie Waller, RN
  • Connie Elting, RN
  • Laci Zurek, RN
  • Stefany Kendrick, RN
  • Kaitlyn Damewood, RN
  • Kortney Higgins, RN

The MDH team recognized a patient safety issue and worked together to prevent harm by standardizing IV drip medication documentation. The review of patient charts indicated a gap in key data surrounding titratable drips and following protocols in IV pump programming. As a result, the team undertook proactive steps to develop mandatory classes to educate staff on improved chart audits, ordering drips, adjusting IV pump programming, and sharing adjustment data in real time. These efforts led to increased knowledge and accuracy among the nursing staff. The team’s educational efforts increased chart accuracy from 24% prior to the classes, to 91% post titration classes.

“The nursing staff and leadership are to be commended for receiving this award. It has only been given out six times and is a statewide award,” said McDonough District Hospital Chief Medical Officer Edwin Card, MD. “To be able to obtain these results in a community hospital is a remarkable achievement.”

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