Contact: Karl Hertz
Sheridan - Memorial Hospital of Converse County is a recipient of the 2013 Quality Achievement Award presented by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health as well as the 2013 MEDLINE Excellence Award. These awards were presented to Memorial Hospital during the Wyoming Hospital Association annual meeting on September 19 in Sheridan.
The Quality Achievement Award is given to hospitals throughout Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming that excel in their dedication to patient care, specifically in the areas of heart failure, pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction, infections prevention and surgical complications. This award also showcases Memorial Hospital of Converse County’s commitment to giving Advanced Medicine, Hometown Care through outstanding leadership support. This is the highest award that a hospital can receive through Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. Chief Nursing Officer Cristy Cobb accepted the award on behalf of the hospital.
All hospitals in Wyoming are eligible to apply for Hospital Quality Awards. In addition to Memorial Hospital of Converse County, six other Wyoming hospitals received the Quality Achievement award, including: Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Community Hospital in Torrington, Evanston Regional Hospital in Evanston, Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Washakie Medical Center in Worland and Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.
The MEDLINE Excellence award is given to the top facilities for Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) prevention through the ERASE CAUTI program. This program is sponsored by MEDLINE Inc., with over 200 medical facilities taking part in this program. Memorial Hospital was recognized as one of the top ten facilities in the country for their continued success and dedication in preventing CAUTI. These facilities were selected to receive the MEDLINE Excellence Award as a result of decreasing CAUTI the most throughout all of the participating facilities. “Our nursing staff works very hard to make sure there are no infections here at Memorial Hospital,” said Rita Davis, Infection Control Coordinator of Memorial Hospital of Converse County. “The training for the ERASE CAUTI Program has become a part of every nurse’s mandatory training. Being recognized by the company for all our hard work and being one out of ten in the country to receive this award is an honor.”