Health Collaborative selects Schwab for its top honor and announces finalists

Jim Schwab

Jim Schwab

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m., The Monastery Event Center, Mt. Adams

Hundreds of leaders from health care and business will join community leaders to recognize innovative accomplishments by members and partners of the Health Collaborative.

The top honor at the Inspire Healthcare Awards Celebration is the Inspire Champion Award, with the winner chosen by the leadership team of the Health Collaborative. The award will be presented to James E. Schwab, president, CEO and board member of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change.

Awards will be presented in a number of categories. (For a full list of finalists, see below)

Schwab, who joined Interact as president in January 2011, is retiring from his posts this fall. He will be recognized as a tireless advocate who has led the way through the complex and shifting winds of health care.

The evening will begin with networking, followed by dinner, the keynote speech and awards ceremony.

Keynote speaker is David Lansky, president and CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health. His organization is a coalition of 50 large employers that works to improve the affordability and availability of high-quality health care for more than 3 million workers in California.

Health Collaborative honors award finalists

The Health Collaborative named finalists for the 2016 Inspire | Healthcare Awards. The winners, selected for inspiring the healthcare community in areas of innovation, informatics, quality improvement and population health, will be named at the Inspire | Healthcare celebration Nov. 2 at The Monastery in Mt. Adams.

Building off the success of its inaugural year in 2015, the program recognizes individuals, teams and organizations working to improve health and health care in the community.

The award categories and finalists for 2016 are:

Gen-H Award: Recognizes a workplace, organization, group or individual that has contributed to the Gen-H agenda where its members live, work, learn or play. 

  • Carole Quackenbush, veterans liaison for VITAS Healthcare
  • Craig Osterhues, Step Up Cincinnati
  • Laura Chrysler and Mark Jeffreys, go Vibrant
  • Angelica Hardee and Caroline Hensley, Let’s Change Our City
  • Nicole Martel, Anne Stone, and Michelle Hopkins, Mercy Health
  • Terri Hanlon-Bremer, TriHealth Corporate Health Services Team

Richard M. Smith Leadership in Quality Improvement Award: Given to the individual or team that has identified an opportunity to improve patient care and safety, and applied the PDSA principles of quality improvement to develop a successful intervention. 

  • Care Transitions Team, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
  • Linda Juengling, Level Two Huddle, Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Decreasing Obstetric Harm with a Patient Driven Protocol team at the Mercy Family Birthing Center
  • Reducing Falls and Restraints on a Senior Behavioral Health Unit team at TriHealth
  • Maintenance Matters, Improving Patient Adherence to Adult Health Guidelines through Optimized Office Workflows team at TriHealth
  • TriHealth Employees, Making “Sharp” Moves and Preventing Sharps Injury team at TriHealth
  • Leadership Saves Lives Coalition at St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Informatics Solutions Award: Acknowledges the individual, team or organization that has applied products from the HealthBridge technology suite – either data services, notification products or business intelligence – to create a solution to a continuing challenge.

  • UC Health, Jay Brown and Megan Sullivan
  • Pamela Morris, CareSource Management Group
  • Independent Physicians Collaborative, Glen Prasser

Innovation Award: Recognizes an individual or organization with the most compelling new idea to deliver better health, improve care and/or lower costs. 

  • Brookwood Retirement Community
  • Marsha Wylie and Ron Sprinkle, Cincinnati Eye Institute
  • Conversations of a Lifetime, supported by Bethesda Inc., Hospice of Cincinnati
  • The Bethesda Inc. StartStrong Initiative
  • Partners in Care, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • VGo, Hospice of Southwest Ohio

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