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St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston recently received the 2012 Celebrating Excellence in Innovation Award during a recognition ceremony held at the Augusta Civic Center. Sponsored by the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA), the Celebrating Excellence in Innovation Award is given annually to long term care providers that have designed and implemented an outstanding program that has demonstrated success in improving resident quality of life/care, enhancing employee development and relationships or engaging community members or groups in facility life. St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion was recognized for its Fall Prevention Program.
St Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion partnered with the MaineHealth Fall Prevention Workgroup. The collaboration was an effort to reduce incidents of falls and fall related injuries.
“The primary goal of the committee was fall reduction, to protect those that we care for, and reduce/prevent future incidents from occurring,” said Phil Jean, Vice President for Elder Care Services at St. Mary’s Health System and d’Youville Administrator. “The program was designed to enhance quality of life for these individuals and protect them from harm. The goal included determining patterns and opportunities for improvement through detailed root cause analysis of each fall incident and incorporating these reviews as part of the facility’s performance improvement/quality process.”
To be considered, nominees must meet certain criteria, including demonstration of a best practices approach and tangible results to show that the creative ideas and practices have contributed to resident quality of life and care. Nominations for the award were submitted by long term care facilities statewide and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges with long term care expertise.
According to MHCA President and CEO Richard Erb, “Maine’s long term care facilities provide compassionate quality care on a daily basis. Providers are genuinely committed to trying new approaches and techniques to better serve their residents. This luncheon and awards program are a tribute to their dedication and our way of saying thank you – we appreciate your efforts in the pursuit of innovation.” MHCA is a nonprofit trade association representing 250 long term care providers statewide including nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion focuses on three distinct areas of care. 1) Long-term residential care with daily nursing care, social activities, and pastoral services to provide individualized care to residents. 2) A safe and secure living are to meet the needs of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. 3) The Rehab Center which helps patients who are discharged from the hospital but may require additional therapy or education before returning home.
For more information about St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, please visit d’Youville Pavilion on the web.