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Operational Excellence

Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital are proud to be part of the MaineHealth Operational Excellence program that was honored with the 2017 Quality Improvement Leadership Award from Maine Quality Counts (QC), a nonprofit organization working to transform health and healthcare.

The award recognizes an individual or organization that has introduced innovations, used creativity and embraced risk-taking in their leadership of demonstrably-successful quality improvement initiatives. The Operational Excellence program at MaineHealth brings leaders and team members together to engage in work focused on improving safety, quality and the patient experience.

Operational Excellence at Pen Bay Medical Center

PBMC celebrates its 1000th KPI, awarded to the Birth Center, for supporting the “Safe Sleep Initiative” for infants. This KPI provided education for colleagues and new families, promoting safety of the newborn’s sleep environment. As a result of this initiative, the department is developing a policy addressing safe sleep for newborns and will be creating a hospital based infant safe sleep program. These actions will meet the eligibility requirements for the facility to achieve “Bronze Certification”, by the “Cribs for Kids” hospital certification program. This certification is recognized by the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics, as the national standard for safe sleep of infants. 

Working together to find solutions for process improvement is vital for our hospitals. PBMC and WCGH look forward to the continued growth of the program in the coming years.

Beginning with Pen Bay Medical Center in 2013, Operational Excellence has rolled out at almost every organization across the MaineHealth system. One aspect of the Operational Excellence program is the “Gemba walk” where leaders visit numerous departments, every day, to talk directly with teams about the work being done there. Department personnel collect data on the issues they wish to improve (referred to as Key Performance Indicators or KPIs) and share this information at the Gemba walk.

PBMC celebrated completing more than 1,000 KPIs in 2017, while WCGH celebrated completing more than 500. KPIs range from safe sleep initiatives, timely patient communication and referral accuracy, to standardizing supply rooms and waiting area improvements.

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