Centra caregiver awarded prestigious safety award

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Julie Miller (center) holds an award by the VHHA. (Image courtesy of Centra).

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A caregiver at Centra in Lynchburg has been named a recipient of the “Virginians Speak Up for Safety” award, presented by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) in recognition to hospital team members for successfully intervening in clinical situations to protect patients or staff members from potential harm.

The award stems from an incident that occurred on Dec. 3, 2020, when, during her morning head-to-toe assessment, Julie Miller (RN on the Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit) noticed that her patient had an irregular heart rhythm which she reported, leading to an EKG being ordered that showed the patient was in Atrial Fibrillation with Rapid Ventricular Response.

The patient was scheduled to be discharged that day; however, the patient was instead admitted to the cardiac unit and received appropriate treatment.

Miller’s attention to detail and her willingness to speak up ensured the patient was admitted and immediately received the appropriate treatment.

“Speak Up” awards are presented quarterly by the VHHA Center for Healthcare Excellence, whose focus is on working collaboratively with member hospitals and health systems to enhance health care quality, patient safety and patient experience.

Nominations for the award are solicited from hospitals across Virginia and two award winners are selected each quarter.

More than 250 nominations have been received since the program began.

As circumstances allow, VHHA representatives travel to present awards to recipients in a small ceremony attended by hospital administrators and colleagues.

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