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Mercy Leaders Recognized by Iowa Hospital Association for Achievement
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10/24/2012
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Clinton, IA - Two of Mercy Medical Center – Clinton leaders were recognized with achievement awards at the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) Annual Meeting held earlier this month in Des Moines, IA. Mercy President and CEO Sean Williams was named the recipient of this year’s IHA Young Executive Achievement Award and Mercy Director of Maternal Child Services Colleen Meggers received the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL) Nurse Leader recognition for 2012.

Williams and Meggers received the awards and were recognized for their leadership in guiding Mercy initiatives which improved the quality of care, patient safety, and satisfaction of individuals served at the organization. Both were chosen among nominations from all IHA member hospitals across the state of Iowa.

Meggers, who has been with Mercy – Clinton for more than twelve years, was awarded the leadership award for the guidance and support of the Prenatal Patient Safety Initiative. The initiative standardized care for mothers and infants based on evidence-based practices, proven to provide the best outcomes for patient safety and quality of care. Over the course of two years, Meggers and Mercy’s obstetrics / pediatrics team of employees and physicians, worked to enhance policies and procedures to adopt the best practices for the care of the mother and child. Earlier this year, the project was chosen for the 2012 Iowa Healthcare Collaborative Patient Safety Award as well as being recognized on the national level at Trinity Health in Novi, Michigan, for patient safety outcomes.

In addition, Megger’s Obsetrics team at Mercy led the research project comparing the correlation of accurate blood pressure cuff and accurate blood pressures measures, which was selected for a presentation at an evidence – based practice nursing conference in Iowa City last year. Megger’s leadership and guidance has led the obstetrics and pediatrics team to achieve outstanding patient safety performance measures and has been named to various recognitions in the nursing profession including the Innovations in Patient Care Award at the IONL conference last year.

Sean Williams, President and CEO of Mercy since 2009, was awarded the Young Executive Achievement Award. Williams was nominated by Dave Vellinga, CEO of Mercy Health Network, in which Mercy - Clinton is affiliated. His nomination was supported by Mercy board members and employees.

“Sean exemplifies the kind of leadership we all admire,” said Vellinga on the nomination. “He is a values-based executive who leads by example. He is also a keen strategic thinker, who understands the key characteristics of an excellent medical center. He sets high expectations for performance and provides his staff with the expertise and tools needed to achieve those goals.” Vellinga adds that Williams assists in identifying barriers that prevent the Mercy team from achieving excellence, engages others in assessing opportunities to overcome the barriers, and then outlines a logical plan for improvement.

Since 2009, the hospitals clinical quality scores have improved significantly. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) track hospital’s performance and post on their website called “Hospital Compare.” Over the last few years, Mercy’s performance on Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) has improved from 95 to 99 percent. Heart Failure measures have improved from 89 percent to 97 percent. Surgical Care Improvement Program, or SCIP, has improved from 84 percent to 97 percent and pneumonia quality measurements have improved from 91 percent to 98 percent. Progress in each of these areas also led to the recent recognition by the national accrediting organization, The Joint Commission, naming Mercy one of the “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for 2011” and ranking the organization in the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals nationwide.

In addition, Mercy has implemented many initiatives over the past few years that have resulted in achievements for patient safety including decreasing the number of patient falls, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). In relation to CAUTI’s, in 2009 Mercy recorded 17 infections and, to date in 2012, has achieved no catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

“Over the two-year tenure at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, (Williams) has set a vision and strategic direction for superior quality, safety, and service in patient care,” said Amy Berentes, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Mercy. “He is a role-model for Mercy as a faith-based organization, serving with high moral and ethical character,” added Berentes.

Williams and Meggers were recognized at the IHA annual meeting held on October 10.
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