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  care.  "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  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  CO: Baxter Corporation ST: Ontario NI: BTC MTC ENT  
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