Meet the 2017 Indiana Patient Safety Award Winners

Left to right: Karin Kennedy, IPSC administrative director; Brooke Nack of the Franciscan Health Michigan City Mobility Team, Patient Safety Innovation Award winner; Cheryl Lee, Patient Safety Service & Leadership Award winner; Julia Heitzer representing HRET, Patient Safety Partner Award winner; and Brian Tabor, IHA president

For the second year in a row, IHA’s Indiana Patient Safety Center (IPSC) presented its Indiana Patient Safety Awards at the Indiana Patient Safety Summit. More than 350 health care professionals gathered on June 6 to learn about improving patient safety. The awards presented at the summit recognize individuals and teams for their commitment to and enthusiasm for improving patient safety in hospitals and health care networks across the state. Read about each of this year’s award winners below.


The Mobility Team at Franciscan Health Michigan City received the 2017 Patient Safety Innovation Award for their outstanding work transforming their organization’s culture of mobility by developing a nurse-driven mobility rating scale and training all providers to utilize standard terms when describing mobility. Through their innovative approach, the team improved the quality of care at Franciscan Health Michigan City and enabled the facility to achieve excellent patient outcomes, including reduced length of stay and reduced readmission rates. Since this program was introduced, it has been implemented in other Franciscan Health facilities.


Cheryl Lee, pain resource nurse at Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital, received the 2017 Patient Safety Service & Leadership Award for her exemplary dedication to quality and patient safety. Since 2014, Lee has been a champion of patient-centered care and led the development of the safe pain management program for the emergency department at Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital. Additionally, Lee provides hospital-wide education for staff and providers to ensure adherence to the opioid prescribing policy.


The Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) received the 2017 Patient Safety Partner Award. HRET’s vision is to leverage research and education to create a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. Through IHA’s partnership with HRET, Indiana hospitals have gained access to the organization’s tremendous resources. For example, HRET allows IHA to assess and improve measurements recorded in the comprehensive data system (CDS) in order to better the quality of care for Indiana hospitals.

Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners and nominees. Their commitment to creating safer environments for patients and their communities is outstanding, and IPSC looks forward to recognizing the work of award winners in the years to come.