THREE innovative programs at Orange hospital have been put forward for a prestigious award in the 2013 Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) initiative awards.
Community partnerships, which include the Wayfinders volunteer group, trauma education and the Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR), were recognised during the recent Orange Health Service’s periodic review, or accreditation, as some of the best programs in Australia.
Orange Health Service general manager Catherine Nowlan said during the accreditation audit the surveyor in charge was so impressed with the programs it was suggested all three should be nominated for a national award.
“Community partnerships were recognised as one of the strengths of Orange Health Service,” Ms Nowlan said.
“These partnerships include our strong network of volunteers and consumer representatives on various health service committees.”
The SIBR program, which is based around a single healthcare team engaging patients and their families, is the second program to be nominated.
It has already drawn attention from across the state with health professionals from hospitals, including some of Sydney’s major teaching hospitals, coming to Orange to observe how the model works.
The third program nominated is a structured weekly trauma education program in the health service’s emergency department that promotes shared learning among staff to advance clinical practice and patient care.
Orange hospital is the major trauma referral centre for the region and has recently been granted accreditation to train doctors in the emergency department at the hospital.