Lutheran Medical Center Wins National Fierce Innovation Award

Lutheran Medical Center Wins National Fierce Innovation Award

September 1, 2017

BIOVIGIL is proud to partner with Lutheran Medical Center in setting a bold new standard of care for hand hygiene compliance and patient safety and engagement. The team at BIOVIGIL congratulates Lutheran on winning a Fierce Innovation Award: Healthcare Edition 2017. The award is a strong testament to their commitment to patient safety and innovation. See Lutheran’s press release below:

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Lutheran Medical Center Named National Fierce Innovation Award Winner

WHEAT RIDGE, CO (Aug. 29, 2017) – The Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition 2017 announced Lutheran Medical Center as the winner of the Data Analytics/Business Intelligence category on Tuesday. Winners were judged on the products and services they use that present the greatest potential to impact financial savings, improve healthcare delivery, and increase patient engagement.

Lutheran was selected for its recent implementation of BIOVIGIL’s innovative, industry-leading hand-hygiene monitoring system.

“Lutheran is on a path to transform healthcare,” said Grant Wicklund, President and CEO. “BIOVIGIL is one of the tools we have adopted that will help us to create a successful future and bring the highest standards of care to our patients. Our vision is being realized through our new Innovation Center and the highly talented and creative people that work here. We are greatly honored to receive this national recognition for doing the right things for our patients.”

Since implementing BIOVIGIL in 2016, infection prevention specialists have recorded more than 6.5 million observations for entry and exit of patient rooms with clean hands.

“We knew everyone was good at [hand hygiene], and now we have the technology to prove it,” said Jessica Strauch, infection prevention specialist at Lutheran. “The best part is that the badge makes it easy for patients and their families to know they are being treated by someone with clean hands as well.” The BIOVIGIL badge worn by healthcare workers shows a green, yellow or red light depending on whether the staff member has washed hands appropriately.

Along with other interventions, BIOVIGIL has played a role in reducing the number of cases of C.diff in the hospital, as well as a marked reduction in staff sick days in the Emergency Department, one of the first areas to adopt the technology.

“We’ve always been focused on keeping germs from our patients and our employees, and now we can prove we are doing it,” Strauch added.

The full list of Fierce Innovation Award winners and the Innovation report are both available at: http://bit.ly/2wfI3Fb.

About Lutheran Medical Center

Lutheran Medical Center is a community-based, 338-bed acute-care hospital located in Wheat Ridge, CO. Local and national ratings organizations regularly recognize Lutheran for clinical excellence, patient safety and patient experience.

Lutheran’s premier services include a five-star birthing center, Heart and Neurovascular Center, robotic surgery, Primary Stroke Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Orthopedics, a Level III Trauma Center and emergency services including the first Senior Emergency Room in Colorado. Senior-focused services also include Senior Behavioral Health and a Senior Surgery Center. Lutheran operations include West Pines, Lutheran Hospice and Bridges Health and Wellness. To learn more, visit www.lutheranmedicalcenter.org.

Lutheran is owned by SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our $2.5 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our 12 hospitals, 210 physician clinics, home health care, hospice, mental health care, and safety-net services in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. SCL Health provides more than $257 million a year in community benefit. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealth.org

Lutheran Media Contact:

Sarah Ellis, Sarah.Ellis@schlhs.net

Ph: 303-403-3059, Cell: 720-280-5820

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