Katy Business October 2017

| October 1, 2017

The national three-year award with silver designations marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment.

The national three-year award with silver designations marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment.

HOUSTON METHODIST WEST HOSPITAL AWARDED SILVER BEACON FOR EXCELLENCE

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, California, recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on Intensive Care Unit at Houston Methodist West Hospital.

The Beacon Award for Excellence – a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments – recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“Receiving this award is an incredible honor and we are very proud of all our staff for working tirelessly to provide optimal patient care,” Said Chief Nursing Officer Vicki Brownewell. “The Houston Methodist West Intensive Care Unit is dedicated to excellence and I am impressed at the leaps and bounds it continues to make.”

AACN President Christine Schulman, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN-K, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at Intensive Care at Houston Methodist West Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence.

“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” Schulman explains.

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by Intensive Care Unit at Houston Methodist West signifies an effective approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders. The unit has evaluation and improvement strategies in place and good performance measures when compared to relevant benchmarks. Intensive Care Unit at Houston Methodist West earned its silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria, such as Leadership Structures and Systems, Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement and Evidence-Based Practice and Processes.

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Victor P. Lo, M.D., M.P.H.

Victor P. Lo, M.D., M.P.H.

MEMORIAL HERMANN MISCHER NEUROSCIENCE ASSOCIATES WELCOMES VICTOR P. LO, M.D.

Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA) is pleased to announce the addition of board-certified neurologist Victor P. Lo, M.D., M.P.H.

Lo will serve as a neurosurgeon at MNA’s Memorial City and Katy locations. Lo is a general neurosurgeon and also has fellow­ship training in complex reconstructive spine and adult deformity surgery.

“As we continue to expand neurological services in the greater Houston area, we are pleased to have Dr. Lo join our talented neuroscience team at Mischer Neuroscience Associates,” said Dong Kim, M.D., director of the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center and professor and chair of the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

Prior to joining Mischer Neuroscience Associates, Lo completed his neurosurgery residency at McGovern Medical School, where he was chief resident. He then completed two fellowships, one in complex reconstructive spine and peripheral nerve surgery at UTHealth and a combined neurosurgery and orthopedic spine fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Lo received his medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, and completed a master’s degree in public health at The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.


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