Kane Scott Project Named Fine Award Finalist

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County announced today that the Scott Township facility of the Kane Regional Centers was a finalist for the 2013 Fine Award for Teamwork Excellence in Healthcare. This year marks the fourth time that the Kanes were nominated and finalists, as determined by a distinguished panel of judges from around the United States.

“We are gratified that the hard work of our health care teams, and the exceptional care that they provide for our residents and families, is recognized by being named as a finalist for this year’s Fine Award,” said Dennis Biondo, Director of the Kane Regional Centers. “Advanced care planning and end of life care is particularly difficult for residents and families and our goal is to help our residents and their families through this difficult time.”

This year’s nomination was for a project by Karen Zagrocki, DNP, CRNP which focused on advanced care planning in the skilled nursing facility:  “Advanced Care Discussion in Patient Care Conferences.” Recognizing that end of life care presents significant burdens for residents and their loved ones, care strategies can help them receive desired outcomes. A care plan for a resident that outlines services and also plans for discharge is essential to ensure that residents receive appropriate care and safely transition from one care setting to another.

“Early and frequent discussions with residents and family members regarding advanced directives and end of live care ensures that the resident’s preferences are honored and, ultimately, will lead to better care,” said Ms. Zagrocki. “Our hope is that improved communications will reduce unnecessary interventions, decrease hospitalizations and preserve patient autonomy.”

The Fine Award for Teamwork Excellence in Healthcare was established by the Fine Foundation and led by Sheila and Milton Fine in partnership with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. The award encourages problem solving and quality improvement in health care while fostering an exceptional service mentality and reinforcing the critical role teamwork plays in healthcare. Applications submitted from healthcare organizations across Western Pennsylvania are evaluated by a panel of distinguished regional and national experts, and three awards are granted to the teams whose efforts in quality improvement are exceptional. Additional monetary awards are given to the institutions sponsoring the winning teams.

In 2008, Kane Ross was nominated for a project on pain management and Kane Scott was nominated for a wound care initiative. In 2009, Kane Glen Hazel was a finalist for its hand washing initiative and in 2012, Kane McKeesport, along with UPMC McKeesport, were nominated for the project “Refining the Art of a Preventative and Advanced Wound Care Program across the Bridge of Care.”

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The John J. Kane Regional Centers are dedicated to providing excellence in quality of care to our residents, their families and the community. The Kanes are recognized as a leader in providing quality care and services through the continuum of care that is committed to returning residents to their highest level of independence through four locations in Allegheny County:  Glen Hazel (Pittsburgh), McKeesport, Ross Township and Scott Township.