TAMC safety, patient care best practices showcased

| February 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Roni Garcia-Perkins, a licensed practical nurse, describes how the Warrior Ohana Medical Home created a plan to help parents keep track of newborn doctor visits.  Garcia-Perkins won as the best visual presentation from the Tripler Army Medical Center's Nurse Practice Council, which judged presentations from 30 different medical departments.

Roni Garcia-Perkins, a licensed practical nurse, describes how the Warrior Ohana Medical Home created a plan to help parents keep track of newborn doctor visits.
Garcia-Perkins won as the best visual presentation from the Tripler Army Medical Center’s Nurse Practice Council, which judged presentations from 30 different medical departments.

Story and photo by
Jim “Goose” Guzior
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs
HONOLULU — Three times a year, Tripler Army Medical Center’s Nurse Practice Council (NPC) meets to vote on the best visual presentation created by clinics and departments throughout Tripler.

The projects are taken on by 30 department representatives to enhance performance in patient safety and patient care. These best practices of each department are then showcased in a visual presentation and voted on by the Tripler command group.

“Everyone gets together and is able to see what initiatives each other has been working on and adapt those practices if applicable,” said Ryan Ramos, a licensed practical nurse and NPC co-chairman. “Of course, it also fosters staff communication.”

This quarter’s winner was a presentation given by Roni Garcia-Perkins (pictured) an LPN at the Warrior Ohana Medical Home in Kapolei.
The Warrior Ohana Medical Home created a plan to increase parents’ awareness of the time frames for well-baby visits and even made a “Welcome Packet” for newborn babies and their parents.

The winner receives a Commander’s Coin of Excellence and the presentation will be added to the “Patient Caring Touch” display in Tripler.
According to Ramos, beneficiaries are the real winners.

“We’ve been doing this for little more than a year, and all these best practices enhance patient care,” said Ramos.

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