Little Falls Hospital was one of three winners in the poster competition at the International Relationship-Based Care Symposium in Huron, Ohio, on Sept. 13.
The three poster winners were selected from 130 posters submitted by health care organizations worldwide.
Little Falls Hospital’s poster, entitled “Self-Care Leads to Better Patient Care.” graphically depicts the hospital’s 12-week Biggest Loser Competition that combined with a new healthy hospital cafeteria menu and concluded with employees losing a total of 950 pounds. The impact of the program, however, exceeded the amount of weight lost. The program resulted in staff engagement, better self-care, stronger relationships with colleagues, enhanced teamwork and led to better patient care, according to a news release.
The term “relationship-based care” refers to the philosophical foundation of the model and its operational framework, according to the release. Health care is provided through relationships. The activities of care are organized around the needs and priorities of patients and their families. All care practices visibly demonstrate the mission and values of the organization, including those of clinicians and staff members from all disciplines, departments and services. Relationship-based care creates an atmosphere where staff members treat themselves, each other and those in their care with kindness, compassion and respect, according to the release. Relationship-based care was developed by the consultants of Creative Health Care Management, an international health care consulting firm, according to the release.
Presenting the award-winning poster for Little Falls Hospital were Catherine Kunz, vice president of quality and risk management, Heidi Camardello, vice president of patient care services, Kathleen Dibble, inpatient nurse manager, Debbie Simmons, support services leader, Jean Guiney, nurse manager, and Robin Swartz, emergency department charge nurse.