WSMA Patient Safety Awards go to The Everett Clinic, Jefferson Healthcare and The Vancouver Clinic

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WSMA Patient Safety Awards go to The Everett Clinic, Jefferson Healthcare and The Vancouver Clinic


Seattle, Wash. – Three health care organizations in Washington state have been recognized by the Washington State Medical Association for their contribution to improving patient safety and quality care in the state. Jefferson Healthcare, The Vancouver Clinic and The Everett Clinic were each presented a William O. Robertson Patient Safety Award on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the medical association’s annual meeting at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center in Seattle.

Each year, the WSMA, which represents physicians, physician assistants, resident physicians and medical students throughout the state, honors innovative patient safety initiatives in the ambulatory care setting. This year, the medical association gave three awards: a Patient Safety Award of Excellence and two Awards of Achievement.

The William O. Robertson Patient Safety Award of Excellence was presented to The Everett Clinic for its work on addressing the opioid epidemic in its patient community. Over the past year, the Everett Clinic pursued three strategies: appropriate pain control, safe opioid prescribing, and identification/management of high-risk chronic opioid therapy patient groups. This three-pronged approach resulted in:

  • A stable chronic opioid therapy population despite significant growth of the patient population following the closure of the Seattle Pain Centers.
  • A 26 percent decline in total walk-in-clinic (WIC) opioid prescriptions and a 62 percent decline in pediatric WIC opioid prescriptions.
  • A 27 percent reduction in the number of chronic opioid therapy patients receiving opioid prescriptions by their surgeons.
  • Increased compliance with best practice by 14 percent in the Comprehensive Pain Center and by 37 percent in primary care.
  • And they doubled the number of patients managed by their pain specialists.
  • A 56 percent decline in the number of high morphine equivalent dose patients.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Everett Clinic were Chief Medical Officer Al Fisk, MD, Associate Medical Director of Quality Kent Hu, MD and occupational medicine physician Dianna Chamblin, MD.

The first William O. Robertson Patient Safety Award of Achievement was given to Jefferson Healthcare for its work to improve communication, teamwork and collaboration to significantly reduce adverse events. After training its entire staff—both clinical and non-clinical—using the evidence-based teamwork approaches of TeamSTEPPS and “Just Culture” principles of accountability, Jefferson Healthcare decreased the number of patient falls with injury, reduced re-admissions and continues to report zero health-care-acquired pressure ulcers. Jefferson Healthcare’s CEO Mike Glenn accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

The second William O. Robertson Patient Safety Award of Achievement was presented to The Vancouver Clinic for its work on standardizing and improving its process for patient advance care planning through the Honoring Choices® Pacific Northwest initiative. Since adopting the initiative, the clinic has held 157 advance care planning conversations—discussions between patients and facilitators on patient's future treatment preferences—72 percent of which included the health care agent, which is the gold standard, and all of which were documented in the electronic medical record. Physician assistant Katie Pence, PA-C, from The Vancouver Clinic accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

The WSMA established the William O. Robertson Patient Safety Award in 2005 to recognize and share innovative patient safety initiatives in the ambulatory care setting. The award was named after WSMA past-president, the late William O. Robertson, MD, who was a champion for patient safety, risk management and quality improvement throughout his long and distinguished career.

About the WSMA 

The Washington State Medical Association represents nearly 11,000 physicians, physician assistants, resident physicians and medical students in Washington state. The WSMA has advocated on behalf of the House of Medicine more than 125 years. Our vision is to make Washington state the best place to practice medicine and receive care.

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Published 10/20/2017