Baxter celebrates nursing leaders with sponsorship of annual award

Baxter celebrates nursing leaders with sponsorship of annual award 
2014 Nursing Leadership Award presented to MUHC Chief Nursing Officer 
MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 18, 2014 /CNW/ - As the sponsor of the annual Nursing 
Leadership Award of The Canadian College of Health Leaders, Baxter Corporation 
is pleased to congratulate Patricia O'Connor, FCCHL, Director of Nursing and 
Chief Nursing Officer at McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), who has been 
named the 2014 award winner. 
Nurses play a vital role in the lives of patients and the provision of quality 
care and throughout the company's almost 80-year history in Canada, Baxter has 
been proud to partner with nurses to advance innovation, access and safety in 
"Nursing leaders help drive excellence in frontline healthcare management and 
delivery.  Each day, they help inspire confidence, promote engagement and 
advance best practices and programs which are helping to transform care.  
Through this award, Baxter is pleased to help recognize nursing leaders for 
the passion and dedication they bring to work each day, and to distinguish 
their outstanding contribution and achievements in improving healthcare 
delivery," says Alison Drinkwater, Director Public Policy, Market Access and 
Health Economics, Baxter Corporation. 
Patricia O'Connor was nominated by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare 
Improvement (CFHI) for her leadership in implementing innovative, lasting 
programs to improve patient safety and quality of care.  In her role as 
Director of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at McGill University Health 
Centre (MUHC) since 2009, O'Connor co-led a best practices program and helped 
transform care at the bedside by engaging patients and frontline staff in 
quality improvement. Among her achievements at MUHC, she helped increased 
direct care time of nurses by 10%, while decreasing the waste by half.  The 
initiative called "Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB)" engaged more than 
1,500 nurses and other healthcare professionals across MUHC and was recognized 
by Accreditation Canada as a leading practice in December 2013. 
Previous, O'Connor completed the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare 
Improvement (CFHI) EXTRA Fellowship program where she co-led an initiative 
that led to 50% reductions in falls and pressure ulcers in acute care.  And 
she was the first Canadian nurse in the U.S. Commonwealth Fund Harkness 
Fellowship Program in Health Policy and Practice. 
"Her work in co-designing in-patient care with patients, stemming from her 
Patient Engagement Project supported by CFHI, helped transform behaviors to 
support innovation and decision-making. The project resulted in a better 
system for admission and discharge procedures," says Maureen O'Neil, 
President, CFHI. "The legacy was a profound cultural shift, with improved 
multi-disciplinary team collaboration and communication continuing to benefit 
patients and reduce costs.  Notably, wait times for chemotherapy fell 57 
percent, medication transcription errors dropped 60 percent while the 
admission process time for mental health patients fell 75 percent." 
O'Connor is a former Fellow of CFHI's EXTRA program, past president of the 
Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses and serves on a number of healthcare 
boards including the International Advisory Board of NQuIRE (Nursing Quality 
Indicators for Reporting and Evaluation).  In 2008 she received the MUHC 
Valerie Shannon Award for Innovative Leadership for excellence in nursing and 
in 2010 a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montreal Neurological Institute 
and Hospital.  
About the Nursing Leadership Award 
Baxter Corporation shares with nurses a commitment to advancing clinical 
excellence, and works directly with nurses throughout the year in institutions 
across the country to provide clinical programs and continuing education to 
help advance safe and quality patient care. 
Since 2005, Baxter has been the proud sponsor of The Nursing Leadership Award, 
an initiative of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). The Nursing 
Leadership Award builds on the themes of patient-centered care and leadership 
and honours those who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence in these 
areas. Recipients seek to advance nursing at every level, to remove barriers 
between providers and to build systems of quality care for patients. They have 
displayed their leadership qualities both within, and outside, their 
organization. The programs that they have delivered have resulted in a 
measurable improvement to their organization's excellence.  The award is 
presented annually at the CCHL National Awards Gala. 
About Baxter Corporation 
As the Canadian subsidiary of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), Baxter 
Corporation manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives 
of people living with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, 
kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a 
global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of 
expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create 
products that advance patient care worldwide.  Learn more about Baxter at:

SOURCE  Baxter Corporation 
Media inquiries: Baxter Corporation, Heather MacDonnell, 905-369-6398; 
Canadian College of Health Leaders, Cindy MacBride, 613-235-7218; McGill 
University Health Centre, Patricia O'Connor, 514-934-4411 
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