You are here

Gold Standard Best Practices for Hospitals

Baptist Health South Florida
Health Education & Health Promotion

The mission of the nationally recognized Wellness department at Baptist Health South Florida is: To have the healthiest workforce in America. We encourage employees to take responsibility for their health through the services and programs offered by the Wellness Advantage Program. 

The Plant Strong Challenge is a 12 week employee wellness program to inspire employees to make a healthy lifestyle change. The challenge incorporates gradually decreasing the consumption of animal protein, an exercise component and a weight loss challenge. Studies show that eating a plant based diet has...

read more
Moffitt Cancer Center
Screening

The FluFIT Program (Fecal Immunochemical Test) supports a national initiative to increase colorectal cancer screenings to 80% by 2018.  An interdisciplinary team was formed to support this initiative and designed it to be very convenient for eligible team members to complete a colon cancer screening in the privacy and comfort of their own home.  The Occupational Health and Wellness teams joined up to provide FIT kits during the organizations mandatory flu vaccination process.  

A total of 249 FIT kits were distributed with 161 completing the process.  The 65% return rate was much...

read more
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Prevention, Tobacco-Free Workplace

Tobacco-Free Hiring

Lung cancer is the No.1 cause of cancer deaths worldwide, claiming 437 lives in the U.S. alone every day.  When MD Anderson launched its Lung Cancer Moon Shot in 2012, it initiated several new programs including the EndTobacco Program.  EndTobacco is a set of strategic and tactical recommendations to reduce the tobacco burden at the institutional, state and national/international levels.  MD Anderson’s first EndTobacco step was an internal change to implement a tobacco-free hiring policy.  By implementing tobacco-free hiring, MD Anderson...

read more
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Quality Treatment & Survivorship

Patient and Family Advisory Council

Many employees who are also cancer survivors have been diagnosed and treated at MD Anderson, choosing our clinicians to manage their cancer journey.  These employee-patients are in a unique position to provide insight to us about their patient and survivorship experience.  Patient and family centered care has been an approach long advocated the by American Hospital Association. Planning, delivering and evaluating health care through partnerships among patients, families, and health care practitioners yields superior outcomes.  In...

read more
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Quality Treatment & Survivorship

Cancer Survivorship and Caregiver Activities

MD Anderson recognizes that cancer survivorship or serving as a cancer caregiver is a special challenge when you are also employed, either full time or in a part time capacity. The MD Anderson Diversity Council has established a “Cancer in the Workplace Employee Network” as one of its affinity groups to support employees who are caregivers or cancer survivors.  This group meets on a regular basis to discuss work and home issues and share solutions.  The group advocates and promotes employee participation in Cancer...

read more
Castle Medical Center
Tobacco Cessation, Community Outreach

Live Well Tobacco-Free Program 

Castle Medical Center's Wellness & Lifestyle Medicine Center offers free comprehensive tobacco treatment services for the community and hospitalized patients. Funded in part by a grant from the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund, the Live Well Tobacco Free program is designed to utilize evidence-based strategies for tobacco cessation, which may include using FDA-approved tobacco treatment medications (nicotine patches, gum, and/or lozenges) when appropriate. Lifestyle behavior changes are also incorporated to...

read more
Baptist Health South Florida
Prevention, Nutrition & Healthy Weight

Grow2Heal Garden

The Grow2Heal garden at Homestead Hospital is a creative solution to ongoing challenges with chronic disease management and preventive healthcare.

Hospital leadership dedicated vacant land adjacent to the hospital to develop an organic – and sustainable – garden as a way to offer employees and the community fresh, nutritious foods with a far-reaching impact.

The three-acre garden can potentially grow 30,000 pounds of produce annually, and is served to patients, visitors and hospital employees. It is also used to host departmental...

read more
Northern Westchester Hospital
Prevention

Mary Donner Lesser Staff Relaxation Room

Through a private donation, the Mary Donner Lesser Staff Relaxation Room was created and dedicated to Northern Westchester Hospital staff. This room provides a quiet place for staff to take a few minutes to step away from their duties during a stressful time to re-group or re-energize. The room contains two massage chairs, a white noise machine a guest book and a pleasant ambiance. Staff swipe their card key to gain access to this room and NWH security provides HR with a list of staff who visit this room each week. NWH Staff...

read more
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Quality Treatment & Survivorship

Here at Trinitas Regional Medical Center/Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center we follow the NCCN definition of survivorship. Patients are survivors from the day of diagnosis throughout their lives. In order to meet the complex needs of these individuals a multidisciplinary team approach is vital. Care is consistently coordinated within the team involving Oncologists, Navigator, APN, Social Worker, Dietician, Physical Therapists, Complementary Therapist and Nursing. Quality of Life is evaluated and a care plan is developed with a focus on the patient’s current needs as well as the standards...

read more
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Community Outreach

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Initiating treatment during hospital admission increases long-term quit rates by 40% or higher. Smoking cessation results in fewer hospital readmissions, fewer total hospital days, and lower smoking-related morbidity as well as elevated quality of life that is sustained for years after the quit date. 

Identification of Tobacco Use Status - Hilary Tindle, MD (Director, Center for Tobacco, Addiction and Lifestyle, Vanderbilt University Medical Center) and team have recently updated and revised the...

read more
Baylor Scott & White Health
Prevention, Tobacco Cessation, Community Outreach

Tobacco Cessation initiative

Our Tobacco Cessation initiative focuses on Population Health Risk Reduction Strategy, utilizes EHR to identify and refer tobacco users, offers free cessation resources for every patient using tobacco, promotes use of the Texas tobacco quit line, and impacts over 1.2 million Baylor Scott & White patients. 

The tobacco status review begins when a provider documents the patient’s tobacco status in Epic. If the patient is identified as a tobacco user, a BestPractice Advisory appears advising the provider to open a SmartSet to...

read more
Marian Regional Medical Center
Prevention, Community Outreach

Skin and Lung Cancer prevention brochures created by cancer program working with employee teens to hand out to local school district. Oncology nurse navigators scheduled to present at variety of school 
assemblies.

It's UNDENIABLE: Smoking is the coolest way to kill yourself.
If you're tanned, you're toast.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Screening, Community Outreach

Screening and Cancer Prevention/Early Detection Programs

At Trinitas we are well aware that early detection of cancer will improve outcomes as well as survival. Educational programs regarding healthy life style, including good nutrition and exercise, for prevention of cancer are included in seminars regarding early detection of breast cancer, GYN malignancies, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer are presented at least annually. These programs are open to staff as well as the community. Routine cancer screenings are held throughout the year and participation in...

read more
Hendrick Medical Center
Prevention, Tobacco Cessation, Health Education & Health Promotion

Tobacco Cessation Team

Hendrick Medical Center is committed to helping our employees become and remain tobacco free. We have a team consisting of a Pharmacist, Employee Wellness Navigator and a Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Together this team works to provide the best possible assistance for our employees including free Tobacco Cessation counseling, free nicotine replacement products and a discount on employee benefits for non-tobacco users. We provide education on the services available as well as the health benefits of staying tobacco free. We encourage our...

read more