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Haggin Hospital receives ‘Quality Award’ from Kentucky Hospital Association

EPHRAIM MCDOWELL HEALTH

News release

HARRODSBURG — Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital has been recognized for the high quality of care given to its patients. On May 10, Haggin received the 2019 Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) Quality Award. The KHA Quality Award is presented to honor hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment in patient care. The Award was presented to Haggin for its efforts in caring for stroke patients.

Pictured left to right: Mike Rust, president and CEO of the Kentucky Hospital Association, Donnie Short, director of the Emergency Department at Haggin, Amanda Murphy, Stroke and Trauma Coordinator at Haggin, Jason Dean, director of Clinical Effectiveness and Medical Staff Services, Dr. Lynne Warner Lynn, Haggin Administrator, and Jane Wheatley, Chair of KHA Board of Trustees (Photo contributed)

In August of 2016, Haggin implemented a stroke program that entailed education for clinical and non-clinical associates, emergency medical services (EMS) and the community. The program is focused on stroke prevention and decreasing morbidity and mortality rates. Community education and involvement along with interdisciplinary collaboration has provided a substantial improvement in the quantity and quality of care provided to stroke patients.

Over the past three years, Haggin has been devoted to the stroke program initiating process improvement, identifying needs within the hospital as well as in the community, and implementing annual education for the staff. In 2016, the annual number of stroke patients seen at Haggin was 55. With the continued education through community awareness, that number had jumped the following year to 118 patients. In 2018, there were 125 patients who were seen through the Emergency Department at Haggin with stroke-like symptoms. Today, that number continues to grow and the stroke program continues to develop to become a strong community program for rural Mercer County.

“Community outreach, staff education and using best practices to treat stroke and develop processes to deliver efficient, efficacious, quality care can and has allowed (Haggin) to make a difference within the community we serve,” says Dr. Lynne Warner Lynn, administrator at Haggin Hospital.