Shannan Schmitt
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Release Date: September 16, 2016
Announcing the 2016 Inspire | Healthcare Award Finalists
22 Finalists Across Four Categories – Winners to be Announced at Inspire | Healthcare Dinner on November 2
CINCINNATI – The Health Collaborative announced the finalists this week for the 2016 Inspire | Healthcare Awards. Building off the success of its inaugural year in 2015, the program recognizes individuals, teams and organizations working to improve health and healthcare in our community.
The winners, selected for inspiring the healthcare community in areas of innovation, informatics, quality improvement, and population health, will be named at the Inspire | Healthcare celebration on November 2nd at The Monastery in Mt. Adams.
The award categories and finalists for 2016 are as follows:
Gen-H Award:
Recognizes a workplace, organization, group or individual that has contributed to the Gen-H agenda where they live, work, learn, or play. Nominees for this category were selected for exemplary work in addressing health equity gaps, making healthy foods available where they live, work, learn & play, and integrating physical activity into their daily lives.
Finalists for the 2016 Gen-H Award are:

  • Carole Quackenbush: Veterans Liaison for VITAS Healthcare
  • Craig Osterhues: Step Up Cincinnati
  • Laura Chrysler and Mark Jeffreys: go Vibrant
  • Angelica Hardee and Caroline Hensley: Let’s Change Our City
  • Nicole Martel, Anne Stone, and Michelle Hopkins: Mercy Health
  • Terri Hanlon-Bremer: TriHealth Corporate Health Services Team

Richard M. Smith Leadership in Quality Improvement Award:
Awarded to the individual or team that has identified an opportunity to improve patient care and safety, and applied the PDSA principles of quality improvement to develop a successful intervention. Nominees must have demonstrated measurable improvements in the Triple Aim areas of healthier people, better care, and smarter spending. Their work should center on a clinical or non-clinical project that impacts patient care and/or experience. Examples include: medication management, falls prevention, infection control, emergency preparedness, care transitions/warm handoff, access to care, care management, or complex disease management. Eligible nominees must be members or customers of The Health Collaborative.
Finalists for the 2016 Richard M. Smith Leadership in Quality Improvement Award are:

  • Care Transitions Team: Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
  • Linda Juengling, Level Two Huddle: Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Decreasing Obstetric Harm with a Patient Driven Protocol team at the Mercy Health Family Birthing Center
  • Reducing Falls and Restraints on a Senior Behavioral Health Unit team at TriHealth
  • Maintenance Matters: Improving Patient Adherence to Adult Health Guidelines through Optimized Office Workflows team at TriHealth
  • TriHealth Employees: Making “Sharp” Moves and Preventing Sharps Injury team at TriHealth
  • Leadership Saves Lives Coalition at St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Informatics Solutions Award:
Acknowledges the individual, team, or organization that has applied products from the HealthBridge technology suite – either data services, notification products, or business intelligence – to create a solution to an ongoing challenge. Nominees must have demonstrated measurable improvements through use of one of our HealthBridge service line solutions around patient outcomes, cost savings, and/or work flow efficiency.
Finalists for the 2016 Informatics Solutions Award are:

  • UC Health – Jay Brown and Megan Sullivan
  • Pamela Morris: CareSource Management Group
  • Independent Physicians Collaborative (IPC): Glen Prasser

Innovation Award:
Recognizes an individual or organization with the most compelling new idea to deliver better health, improve care, and/or lower costs. The innovation must measurably improve significant business and/or clinical processes that positively impact patient care. Nominees must be a member or customer of The Health Collaborative. Finalists for the 2016 Innovation Award are:

  • Brookwood Retirement Community
  • Marsha Wylie & Ron Sprinkle: Cincinnati Eye Institute
  • Conversations of a Lifetime, supported by Bethesda Inc.: Hospice of Cincinnati
  • The Bethesda Inc. StartStrong Initiative
  • Partners in Care: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • VGo: Hospice of Southwest Ohio

All finalists will be honored and winners announced at the 2016 Inspire | Healthcare dinner on November 2 at The Monastery in Mt. Adams. Visit to learn more and register for the event.
About the Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about the Health Collaborative, visit

Below is a gallery of photos taken at the 2016 Inspire | Healthcare Award Finalists Breakfast, held on September 14 at Bronte Bistro in Rookwood Commons. For more information about the awards and the Inspire | Healthcare event on November 2, please