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Second annual CQI Award

Mark Pettitt, Quality of Care Coordinator for Sun Country Health Region, is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Dave Galloway CQI Award for the entire region.

The award will be presented on Thursday, June 1 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan at 2 p.m. in the auditorium.

This year's winners are members of the staff involved with laundry services at St. Joseph's Hospital and Estevan Regional Nursing Home who developed the "Traveling with the Towel" initiative.

The plan was to trace the steps that occur from the time a towel is used by a resident, to when it is washed and returned to the resident, to examine real and potential laundry problems. The same process was followed for personal laundry.

"This is a wonderful example of how an organization can make meaningful and sustainable quality improvements in its operations," says Mark.

"Solutions and plans were discussed and many of the ideas generated by staff have been implemented. Employees at every level were involved and it was evident that there was a shared desire to make laundry services better," he says.

Mark sends his congratulations to everyone involved.

The award is in honour of Dave Galloway, the former director of facilities and communications for the region. He passed away in March of 2004.

It recognizes an individual, project, or team that exemplifies CQI in an extraordinary way.

"Dave had a passion for making the health care system better," says Mark.

"He had a great ability to bring apparently difficult work or CQI issues down to a common sense perspective," he says.

Media: For more information, please call Mark Pettitt, Quality of Care Coordinator, at 634-0400 or 842-8739. You are welcome to attend the event for pictures and cake.

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