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Powell Valley Healthcare Earns Top Hospital Quality Award and Nursing Home Award

Hospital news | Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Earlier this summer, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health recognized Powell Valley Healthcare with a 2019 Hospital Quality Excellence Award for outstanding performance in effectively using quality assurance performance improvement methodologies to improve care practices. Powell Valley Healthcare is one of eight hospitals honored during this year’s Wyoming Quality Health Care Conference held in Cheyenne.

“We were awarded for the work we have done regarding our Patient Family Engagement Council,” said Sara Welling, Quality Improvement Director. “This council is developed to involve patients and families in their care and get their feedback about healthcare decisions of the organization. The voices of patients and families are essential to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. PVHC wants our patients and their families to be part of our healthcare team. This partnership encourages and supports patients and families to be active participants in their care and decision-making. Our council gives patients and families an opportunity to share their stories and participate in improvement efforts. We are able to focus on areas of improvement that the patients directly give to us,” said Welling.

To be eligible for this coveted award, winners had to meet six categories of criteria, including antibiotic stewardship elements, patient and family engagement activities, care coordination elements and leadership qualities. Awardees also had to exhibit strong leadership support for providing quality care.

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health also recognized Powell Valley Care Center as one of seven Wyoming nursing homes to meet the qualifications of the Innovator Quality Award, recognizing nursing homes for outstanding performance. Powell Valley Care Center received this award during the Wyoming Quality Health Care Conference on June 25 in Casper.

“Winning this award was definitely a team effort. We want to recognize everyone working at the Care Center. The team put in a lot of time and effort to help decrease falls with major injury at the Care Center. Staff education on falls, staff awareness, post fall huddles, review of falls in daily huddle, and the work of the falls committee are a few of the things that helped achieve this award. I think the main thing that helped was that everyone cares about our residents and their overall safety.” said Ryan Brinkerhoff, Care Center Administrator.

For more information about Powell Valley Healthcare’s quality improvement efforts or about these awards, contact Sara Welling, Director of Quality Improvement – 754-1201 or via email at