YIR: TAMC, PRMC earn 2013 accolades for excellence

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
Joy and Logan Myrick admire the portrait of Logan done by volunteer Richard Bartlett during the Oncology on Canvas event at TAMC, April 19. Art created at the event was on display at various spots around Oahu throughout the spring and summer. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

Joy and Logan Myrick admire the portrait of Logan done by volunteer Richard Bartlett during the Oncology on Canvas event at TAMC, April 19. Art created at the event was on display at various spots around Oahu throughout the spring and summer. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

Capt. Eren McBride
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center and the Pacific Regional Medical Command continued to provide world-class health care and stay on the cutting edge of technology in 2013.

TAMC kicked off 2013 by bringing new life to Hawaii, delivering Adelie Thisius, the New Year’s baby for Oahu.

TAMC also celebrated three grand openings. The first was the opening of its single family room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Feb. 14; it is the first single family room NICU in the state of Hawaii and the Department of Defense.

Maj. Timothy Wagner ( left), chief, and Mark Ahsing, therapy technician, both with Radiation Oncology, TAMC, demonstrate Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in which they stablize the patient in order to precisely target a turmor with minimal radiation exposure to the surrounding tissue. (Photo by Sgt. Margaret Jordan, Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Maj. Timothy Wagner ( left), chief, and Mark Ahsing, therapy technician, both with Radiation Oncology, TAMC, demonstrate Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in which they stablize the patient in order to precisely target a turmor with minimal radiation exposure to the surrounding tissue. (Photo by Sgt. Margaret Jordan, Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Second was the opening of TAMC’s first bariatric room for patients recovering from surgery. The new room was fully outfitted with specially designed furniture, equipment, lifts and accessories that made patients more comfortable. It also made it easier for staff to deliver more personalized care.

Third, TAMC opened the doors to its very own Starbucks earlier this month.

Numerous awards and recognitions were honored in 2013:

•In March, the American Psychological Association named TAMC a top Psychologically Healthy Workplace for 2013. TAMC was the first organization within the Department of Defense to be honored with this national award since the program began in 2006. TAMC’s efforts to create a healthy workplace have resulted in lower turnover rates, along with increased clinical productivity, financial performance and customer satisfaction.

•In April, TAMC received the 2013 Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award — for recycling 15 percent of its total waste, reducing products containing mercury and regulated medical waste, and pollution prevention programs in other areas.

TAMC’s simulation center and research program, with 195 ongoing research protocols, became fully accredited.

•In August, TAMC’s cancer program was awarded with a three-year accreditation, with commendation, for its high-quality cancer care. This accomplishment was nationally recognized by the Joint Commission, the American Cancer Society, Aetna, Centers for Medicare & Medicade Services, the National Quality Forum and the National Cancer Institute.

•September was an extremely busy month. It started off with the 2nd Pacific Regional Behavioral Health Summit, resulting in the largest and most diverse locally organized collection of behavioral health providers and leaders in one location within the Pacific Rim.

The American Hospital Association designated TAMC as a “Most Wired” institution in recognition of its implementation and use of information technology in its health-care delivery.

The annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, sponsored by the American Hospital Association’s publication “Hospitals and Health Networks” magazine, measures a hospital’s level of adoption of information technology relative to other hospitals and health systems. TAMC’s award was based on a comprehensive assessment that examined its overall IT infrastructure and its use of IT and electronic processes (versus paper) for business and administrative purposes, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration.

Finally, TAMC was surveyed by TJC. Its surveyors praised the holistic approach of the pain management clinic and recognized TAMC for a best practice of developing and implementing the use of diabetes information cards for specific patients, which had not been seen at other health care facilities inspected.

TAMC’s Patient Centered Medical Home received Level II certification.

•In November, TAMC implemented the availability and use of the Pay.gov website for all its patients. This website was developed to meet the Financial Management Service Agency’s commitment to process collections electronically using Internet technologies.

TAMC was the first overseas continental U.S. military treatment facility to implement the Pay.gov website, which provided patients with a simple and secure way to pay for medical services.

•Dec. 2, TAMC celebrated its annual tree lighting ceremony.

To end 2013, TAMC hosted several community groups, civic organizations, local businesses and schools to spread holiday cheer to patients.

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