Urgent Matters, Blue Jay Consulting, and Schumacher Group are pleased to announce the winners of the Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award, a newly created competition to foster innovation in emergency departments nationwide.
The Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award, supported by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), provides an opportunity for multidisciplinary teams to be acknowledged for cutting-edge innovations in emergency medicine. The award provides a platform for sharing effective solutions that address common issues facing the emergency care community.
Innovations, or tools, were submitted using an online form and sent to Urgent Matters for initial review. Forty submissions were received. A review committee comprised of Blue Jay Consulting, Schumacher Group, and three representatives from the Urgent Matters Editorial Board selected the top rated tools using assessment criteria.
Urgent Matters, Blue Jay Consulting, and Schumacher Group would like to congratulate the following team for being chosen as the first winner of the Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award:
Behavioral Health and Detoxification Meeting Demand for Services
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Mercy Hospital
Submitted by Michael A. Turturro, M.D., FACEP, chief of emergency services at UPMC-Mercy
The UPMC team used existing resources and cultivated community partnerships to develop several interventions that were implemented both in the emergency department and in inpatient units, with the goal of improving and streamlining the care and management of behavioral health and detoxification patients. The results include a significant decrease in length of stay for both discharged and admitted mental health and detoxification patients.
Turturro will present his team's submission at the ACEP and Urgent Matters: Emergency Care Quality Improvement in the Era of Public Accountability Pre-Conference on Oct. 13, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.
We also want to congratulate the three Recipients of Distinguished Recognition: