Congratulations to the 2014 winners of the 5 Rings Award. This annual program recognizes hospitals for creating a culture of vigilance to safeguard their facilities, their employees and their patients. Winning hospitals were selected from the more than 6,500 healthcare facilities that work with us.
Every day, thousands of pharmaceutical and medical device representatives and service personnel come into hospitals and into contact with patients. Hospitals have a duty to know who enters and exits their facilities, both to prevent infections as well as to improve safety and security.
“We created the 5 Rings Award to recognize hospitals that are taking proactive steps to make their hospitals safer and highlight their best practices,” said Mike Sheehan, CEO of IntelliCentrics. “However, it’s not enough for hospitals to create safety policies and procedures. They need to adopt a culture of vigilance, where everyone feels accountable and responsible for enforcing rules and taking the steps needed to improve safety and security.”
This year’s winning hospitals are:Broward Health Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Founded in 1938, this facility is a 656-bed not-for-profit hospital and part of the Broward Health system, one of the 10 largest health systems in the U.S. Hospital employees have embraced the vendor credentialing program and hold vendors accountable for following hospital rules. As part of this effort, clinicians will reject any product that has not been evaluated by the hospital’s new product committee and will cancel the order – even if it means cancelling a procedure.
John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas
A 537-bed county-owned hospital and part of the JPS Health Network, this facility is an academic medical center with the largest family medicine residency program in the country. Ensuring professional visitors have the right credentials to work in the hospital is an essential part of the hospital’s patient safety program. Among other credentials, the facility requires TB testing, background checks, drug screens and training on HIPAA compliance and aseptic techniques.
Pali Momi Medical Center, Aiea, Hawaii
This 126-bed not-for-profit hospital is part of Hawaii Pacific Health, an integrated health system and the state’s largest healthcare provider. Pali Momi Medical Center was the first hospital in the state to implement a vendor credentialing system in 2006, even before it was even required by The Joint Commission.  Vendors have to meet a minimum compliance of 80 percent or they are banned from the hospital. To regain access, they have to meet with the hospital’s Reptrax coordinator to review hospital’s policies.
Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.
This 479-bed, not-for-profit hospital is part of CHE Trinity Health. Mercy Hospital & Medical Center has the distinction of being Chicago’s first hospital — and its first teaching hospital. Employee engagement is integral to the program’s success and employees are trained to question anyone who doesn’t have an ID badge visible. To ensure that all employees are aware of the hospital’s vendor credentialing program, it is discussed during new employee orientations and is part of the hospital’s yearly “Annual Competency Fair.”
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.
This 537-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital and Top 100 Hospital is part of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and CHE Trinity Health. Seasonal flu shots are not only mandatory for all hospital employees, but also for all third-party visitors. To help enforce its zero tolerance policy, the hospital uses the Reptrax system to ensure all professional visitors have received their flu shots and revokes the access of all professional visitors until they show they’ve had a flu shot.
This year’s winners join an impressive group of healthcare organizations that have been recognized for their vigilance, including: LDS Hospital (operated by Intermountain Healthcare), Salt Lake City, Utah; Boston Medical Center, Boston, Mass.; The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.; Ellis Hospital (operated by Ellis Medicine), Schenectady, N.Y.; and University of Cincinnati Medical Center (operated by UC Health), Cincinnati, Ohio.

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