Congratulations to the C-QuIPS Certificate Course graduates, Drs. Tara O’Brien and Sam Sabbah and their team on receiving the Joan Lesmond Quality Excellence Award from Women’s College Hospital (WCH) for their Acute Ambulatory Assessment to Avoid Inpatient Admission (5-Alpha) initiative.
The Joan Lesmond Quality Excellence Award offers an opportunity to highlight quality improvements and innovations across WCH that improve care and outcomes, engage patients and families, redesign systems and processes, utilize new technologies and/or support innovation and spread knowledge.
The Acute Ambulatory Assessment to Avoid Inpatient Admission initiative is a system redesign offering patients visiting the University Health Network emergency department rapid follow-up in WCH’s Acute Ambulatory Care Unit. These patients would otherwise be referred to general internal medicine (GIM) and potentially admitted to hospital, leading to longer emergency department wait times and increased costs. The 5-Alpha team was able to provide urgent GIM assessment and management to patients with acute internal medicine conditions in an ambulatory setting.
Congratulations to the winners!