Fox Chase Cancer Center Earns HAP Achievement Award for Optimal Operations

PHILADELPHIA (May 21, 2019) – Fox Chase Cancer Center has earned a 2019 HAP Achievement Award from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). The award recognizes the Center’s outstanding effort to enhance its processes for managing patient discharge planning and care transitions.

Mary Pat Winterhalter, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, director of nurse navigation at Fox Chase and Tricia Heinrichs, BS, RRT, PMP, Manager of Performance Improvement, submitted the Center’s entry, Optimizing Care Transitions: Reimagining Case Management. They will accept the award in the Optimal Operations category at HAP’s 2019 Leadership Summit in Harrisburg on May 23.

Fox Chase is one of 14 award recipients selected from 127 total submissions across five categories. Winners were chosen for their exceptional work and innovation in community health projects, quality improvement efforts, and operational efficiencies.

“HAP congratulates the winners of the 2019 Achievement Awards for their dedication to putting the patient at the center of everything they do,” said Andy Carter, president and chief executive officer of HAP.

“Each winning submission is a reflection of the communities they serve. Their commitment to breaking down silos, leveraging new and exciting partnerships, and addressing their communities’ most critical needs is a testament to their focus on improving the quality, value, and outcomes of the care they provide.”

Entries were evaluated by a 16-judge panel. The panelists, drawn from Pennsylvania and across the nation, represent the public and private sectors, business organizations, consumer groups and renowned health care quality institutes. The Achievement Award Program began in 1978.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence six consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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