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St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake Receives “Performance Excellence” Awards

News St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake Receives “Performance Excellence” Awards 

Clearlake, Calif.—St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake has been recognized by the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) for exemplary work in reducing hospital-acquired conditions in 2015. The Performance Excellence Awards were presented at the 2016 CALNOC Conference, October 23-25. 

The hospital was awarded “Best Performance” designation for 2015 in the following clinical areas: 
• Best Performance in Preventing Injury Falls 
• Best Performance in Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections – CLABSI Total Facility 
• Best Performance in Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections – CLABSI Critical Care 
• Best Performance in Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections – CAUTI Critical Care 
• Best Performance in Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections – MRSA Total Facility 
These designations demonstrate the effectiveness of the hospital’s emphasis on quality and infection prevention efforts. 

“Preventing injuries and infections during a hospital stay is key is to helping patients heal and return home as quickly as possible,” says Colleen Assavapisitkul, Vice President of Patient Care at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. “Our staff is trained to provide the best patient care to our community, and these recognitions are a great way to know that we are making a difference.” 

CALNOC is a national registry tracking nursing patients that collects data from hundreds of hospitals on different quality and prevention measures, including Central Line-associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI), Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus areas (MRSA) rates. St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake ranked in the lowest 25 percent of all CALNOC hospitals for these hospital-acquired infections. 

Erin McNabb, a registered nurse, is dedicated to continuing the hospital’s performance as Director of Quality, a role she began in 2016 after previously serving as St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake’s Infection Prevention Specialist. “Because we are a small hospital with an experienced team, our frontline staff are able to collaborate closely to ensure we avoid patient falls and hospital-acquired infections,” says McNabb. “Great patient care takes a whole team.” 

Photo: St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake nursing leaders (left to right) Al Hansen (Director of Surgery and Women’s Care), Erin McNabb (Director of Quality), Beth Brown (Director of Emergency Department) and Shelley Whitehurst (Director of ICU and MedSurg), celebrate the CALNOC awards with Vice President of Patient Care Colleen Assavapisitkul.