Decreasing infections, reducing falls, maximizing prevention, improving care:

A formula for success for 6 hospitals earning ANA’s award for nursing quality

Akron Children's Mahoning Valley receives NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality

Akron Children’s has been recognized for decreasing blood stream infection rates for very low birth weight infants, a leading cause of disease and death for premature babies.


For some hospitals, improving the quality of nursing services that directly affect patient outcomes is ingrained in their operations.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, reduced its patient falls rate by more than 50 percent for a unit with adults with cardiac-related diseases combined with other conditions. Staff performed “safety huddles” beginning each shift to identify risks and implemented prevention strategies, such as bed alarms and risk mitigation during hourly nursing rounds.

Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley in Boardman, Ohio, decreased its blood stream infection rate for very low birth weight infants, a leading cause of disease and death for premature babies, by 30 percent by implementing evidence-based best practices for central venous catheter insertion and maintenance processes across its five neonatal sites.

And Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colo., significantly reduced ventilator-associated pneumonia, the leading cause of death resulting from hospital-acquired infections, from 17 cases in 2008-09 to just one case in 2011-12. The staff improved team-based oral care standards and implemented a series of interventions proven to reduce infection rates.

Akron Children’s, Robert Wood Johnson and Rose are among six hospitals receiving the NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality® today at the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Nursing Quality Conference™ in Atlanta. The award winners participate in ANA’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators®, the nation’s most comprehensive database of nursing performance measures.

"Nurses recognize that our healthcare system is becoming more focused on performance standards and patient outcomes. That’s how it should be, that’s how nurses approach their work, and that’s what this award is all about,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Akron Children's Mahoning Valley receives NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality

Lisa Aurilio, VP of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer

“Nurses have the power to influence a patient’s hospital experience and, most importantly, their ultimate health outcome through their teamwork, innovation, leadership, and dedication. Akron Children’s shows it has performed the best among pediatric hospitals in that regard,” said Lisa Aurilio, vice president of patient services/chief nursing officer for Akron Children’s Hospital.

The honorees were identified by researchers from among more than 1,900 hospitals — about one-third of U.S. hospitals — that report results to NDNQI and measure their performance against other NDNQI hospitals regionally, statewide and nationwide. The six awardees demonstrated superior results and sustained improvement in patient outcomes that are tied to the quality of nursing services and nurse work environment factors. A total of 17 clinical process and patient outcome measures are evaluated to determine overall quality.

In addition to Akron Children's, Robert Wood Johnson and Rose Medical Center, the winners include: 

NDNQI, a program of ANA’s National Center for Nursing Quality® (NCNQ®), tracks a broad range of outcomes that indicate the quality of nursing services, such as hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, patient falls, and infections. It also establishes links between patient outcomes and nurse staffing characteristics, such as nursing care hours, education level, certification, and turnover.

NDNQI allows nursing units to compare their performance to similar units at other hospitals and use the data to set benchmarks for excellence.

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Congrats to our Mahoning Valley nurses for earning the NDNQI Award for outstanding nursing quality

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