2020 Vigi Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Vigi Awards! Read their stories to discover the creative ways that our star customers have made their hospitals a safer place with VigiLanz.

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About the Vigi Awards

The annual Vigi Awards are designed to recognize how clinicians’ vigilance has contributed to healthier hospitals. In addition to broadening awareness of optimal and innovative uses of VigiLanz to support patient care, VigiLanz provides winners with a donation to the charity of their choice.

Reduced hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic events; optimized Kcentra use.

Pharmacy Team of the Year Winner

Pharmacy Teams
Holmes Regional Medical Center
| Health First Melbourne, FL

“Our department thrives from pharmacists practicing at the top of their license through novel initiatives to care for our patients. We use VigiLanz to support these initiatives.”

  1. Michael Sanchez, Pharmacy Residency Coordinator, Holmes Regional Medical Center
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Entry details

Recognized for:

  1. New and innovative uses of VigiLanz to support initiatives and projects at Holmes Regional

Uses VigiLanz for:

  1. Improved care for COPD patients, optimal Kcentra use and reduced cases of severe hypoglycemia

Noteworthy results:

  1. Fewer incidences of severe hypoglycemic events in patients with insulin (7% to 5%)
  2. Zero inappropriate uses of Kcentra
  3. Fewer incidences of hyperglycemia (62% vs 37%)
Decreased CAUTI rate by 74%, decreased CLABSI rates and improved COVID-19 care.

Infection Prevention Team of the Year Winner

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Infection Prevention Team | Mount Sinai Health System New York, NY

“From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in New York, Jordan Ehni, along with Dr. Waleed Javaid, worked with VigiLanz to tailor the system to meet the needs of our department and the hospital.”

  1. Marie Moss, Director of Infection Prevention, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
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Entry details

Recognized for:

  1. Creating novel, new reports with VigiLanz

Uses VigiLanz for:

  1. Reports and alerts to improve Foley device utilization, decrease CAUTI rates, decrease CLABSI rates and improve care for COVID-19 patients

Noteworthy results:

  1. Reduced hospital CAUTI rate by 74%
  2. Reduced time for daily surveillance activities by more than half
  3. Patient care improvements
  4. Cost savings
Reduced readmissions of patients with infections by 50%.

Standing Ovation Winner

The Emergency Department Pharmacy Team | SCL Health St. Vincent Billings, MT

“We use VigiLanz to ensure appropriate treatment and follow-up for patients discharged from the ED. This has helped us reduce the readmission rate of patients discharged with an infection by more than 50%.”

  1. Cody Maldonado, Critical Care Pharmacy Supervisor, SCL Health St. Vincent
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Recognized for:

  1. Ensuring appropriate treatment and follow-up of patients discharged from the ED

Uses VigiLanz for:

  1. A new rule that enables enhanced oversight of discharged ED patients’ cultures, more proactive outreach and earlier identification of potential problems

Noteworthy results:

  1. 50%+ reduction in readmissions of patients discharged with infections
  2. 240+ hours saved per year associated with chart review
  3. $230,000+ annual cost savings
Developed system-level dashboards that reduced HAIs.

Standing Ovation Winner

Julie Duran Mullica, MPH, CIC, System Infection Prevention Specialist | SCL Health Broomfield, CO

“VigiLanz is one of our greatest weapons in infection prevention; however, it’s only as effective as the skill of the users. Julie is the unifying force behind making sure that all of our users are proficient and confident in using VigiLanz.”

  1. Mendee Livingston, System Director of Infection Prevention, SCL Health
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Recognized for:

  1. Initiating cross-departmental collaboration to streamline processes and ensure optimal use of VigiLanz

Uses VigiLanz for:

  1. Enhanced data accuracy and reporting
  2. Creating robust HAI dashboards for oversight in individual hospitals and across the full health system

Noteworthy results:

  1. Enhanced patient care due to faster identification of infections and contributed to development of new IP Enterprise Dashboard, impacting all VigiLanz IP users
Used VigiLanz to fight COVID-19 and mitigate drug shortages.

Five Star Patient Care Winner

Kristen Bamberg, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCCCP, Lead Critical Care Pharmacist | Andrea Boyce, PharmD, BCIDP, Lead Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist | Northern Arizona Healthcare—Flagstaff Medical Center Flagstaff, AZ

“We were among the first and hardest hit hospitals by COVID-19. We worked with VigiLanz to be forward-thinking about how to tackle this challenge while supporting our pharmacists, providers, nurses and patients. This enabled us to be nimble enough to work through countless therapeutic and workflow issues in real time.”

  1. Kristen Bamberg, Lead Critical Care Pharmacist, Northern Arizona Healthcare
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Entry details

Recognized for:

  1. Using VigiLanz to enhance care and manage drug supply shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic

Uses VigiLanz for:

  1. Earlier identification of positive and negative test results
  2. Earlier identification of readmitted patients who previously tested positive for COVID-19
  3. Enhanced monitoring of medications in short supply

Noteworthy results:

  1. Enhanced patient care due to earlier, more informed pharmacist interventions for COVID–19-positive patients and more judicious use of medications
Realized up to $1M in monthly cost avoidance savings.

They did what? Wow Winner

The Clinical Pharmacy Team |
St. Bernards Medical Center Jonesboro, AR

“This team finds ways on an ongoing basis to integrate clinical surveillance into patient care. In doing so, our reach continuously is expanding to improve the quality of care we are able to provide.”

  1. Melanie Burnett, Clinical Pharmacy Manager, St. Bernards Medical Center
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Recognized for:

  1. Always looking for new and innovative ways to integrate clinical surveillance into patient care

Uses VigiLanz for:

  1. Enhanced antimicrobial stewardship
  2. Enhanced opioid stewardship
  3. Reduced vancomycin-induced AKI

Noteworthy results:

  1. 1% decrease in broad spectrum gram-negative antibiotic days of therapy per 1,000 patient days
  2. Decrease in the rate of vancomycin-induced AKI from 10.34% to 4.79%
  3. Monthly cost avoidance from $535,864 to $1,007,170
Reduced hospital-wide SSI-SIRs by 75%.

Rising Star Winner

Infection Prevention Team | EvergreenHealth Kirkland, WA

“We use VigiLanz to conduct surveillance and case finding quickly so that we can spend more time on the floors and in the ORs. We are out-and-about watching, teaching, interacting with, and helping the staff and providers in practices.”

  1. Jeanette Harris, Infection Preventionist, EvergreenHealth
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Entry details

Recognized for:

  1. Rapidly adapting to VigiLanz and fully utilizing it to make significant care improvements

Used VigiLanz for:

  1. Surveillance and alerts related to CLABSI, CAUTI, and C. diff SIRs
  2. NHSN reporting

Noteworthy results:

  1. Efficiency improvements, resulting in more time on the floor and in the OR
  2. Leadership buy-in for care improvement initiatives
  3. Hospital-wide SSI-SIRs reduction by 75% (early results)
Ensured faster isolations and quicker C. diff response.

Look out world; One to watch Winner

Lance Anderson, RN, CIC | CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier Shreveport, LA

“I cannot think of anyone who deserves a Vigi Award more. Lance takes learning VigiLanz and applying VigiLanz to our practice very personally. We are already seeing the positive benefits it brings to patient care.”

  1. Stephanie Lloyd, RN, CHRISTUS Health
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Entry details

Recognized for:

  1. Quickly implementing significant care improvements during the first year of VigiLanz usage

Uses VigiLanz for:

  1. Rapidly identifying if a patient requires isolation
  2. Alerts related to C. diff
  3. Enhanced compliance with reporting requirements

Noteworthy results:

  1. Patient care improvements
  2. Efficiency Improvements

Meet last year’s Vigi Award winners

See 2019 winners