OVMC Earns Gold Honors for Commitment to Excellence

West Virginia Hospital Association Honors OVMC

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ohio Valley Medical Center is being recognized by the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) for earning 2016 Gold Honors for their outstanding performance in the Commitment to Excellence Honors Program.

The objectives of the Honors Program are to reward successful efforts to develop and promote quality improvement activities, inspire hospitals to be leaders in improving the health of West Virginians, and raise awareness of nationally accepted standards of care that are proven to enhance patient outcomes. There are six indicators that hospitals must meet in order to achieve Gold standards including:

  • Antibiotic Stewardship

  • Breastfeeding Initiative

  • Employee Influenza Vaccination

  • Hospital Engagement Network

  • Use in Prescribing of Opioids in Emergency Departments

  • Tobacco Cessation Assistance

“For the six indicators, OVMC has committed to providing the highest quality of care through ensuring that we are using best practices and also proving that we are doing that by submitting information to the appropriate agencies,” said Staci Trudo, vice president and Chief Quality Officer at Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corporation.  “This award means that we are not only providing quality healthcare to the public, but also to our employees,”  

West Virginia’s hospitals seek to establish and maintain trust among providers, policymakers, and the public through actions, sensitivity, professionalism, and commitment to service. According to the WVHA, The Commitment to Excellence Honors Program is a way hospitals can be recognized for the outstanding work they do in pursuit of these goals.

“We have been practicing and committed to these measures for several years now,” said Trudo.  “We didn’t start in 2016.  The staff has worked toward this accomplishment and is very proud to be able to attest to the highest level of commitment possible in all six of the required indicators.”

For each topic, area hospitals will be recognized for their engagement and/or implementation of work in that area. Level 1- Engagement recognizes hospitals that are actively engaged in planning activities and are moving towards implementation. While Level 2- Implementation recognizes hospitals that have adopted practices, implemented policies, or are actively working to sustain a previously adopted policy or program.



Pictured from left to right are: Karen Famaso, Corporate Director/Pharmacy Cindy Price, Infection Prevention Officer, Kerri Dagan, Performance Improvement Coordinator, Neal Aulick. M.D., Staci Trudo, VP  and chief quality officer OVHS&E, Jen Sparks, Clinical Pharmacist, Charlene Triveri,  Performance Improvement Coordinator, and Jaymie Barry, Performance Improvement Coordinator