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December 20, 2016

WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER EARNS ‘A’ GRADE FOR SAFETY
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center hospitals have earned an “A” grade – the highest possible – for patient safety. Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the Hospital Safety Score is compiled by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry group. In the 10 times grades have been awarded, this is the sixth time the OSU Wexner Medical Center has received an “A” and the fourth time that University Hospital East (UHE) has earned this distinction. Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. Of the 2,633 hospitals issued a score, only 36 percent earned an A. To see how OSUWMC’s score compares locally and nationally, as well as more patient safety information, visit the Hospital Safety Score website.


PEASE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR NATIONAL ASSOCIATION 
Dr. William S. Pease, medical director of the Electromyography Laboratory within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, has been elected President of the Board of Directors for 2016-2017 for The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). Founded in 1953, the nonprofit membership association is dedicated to the advancement of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and electrodiagnostic medicine. Nearly 5,000 physician members -- primarily neurologists and physiatrists – are now joined by allied health professionals and PhD researchers working to improve the quality of medical care provided to patients with muscle and nerve disorders. AANEM programs are guided by its five pillars: education, professional standards, advocacy, communications, and research. 


HURLEY NAMED ONE OF THE 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE MOTIVATION INDUSTRY
Amy J. Hurley, LSW, CRP, program director of faculty and staff recognition at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; board member of the Recognition Professionals International and chair of its best practice awards, has been named one of the 25 most influential people in the motivation industry by Incentive Magazine. Hurley was honored as an influential activist for her key role in setting the recognition agenda for Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and making a significant contribution to the direction of the recognition industry through her two positions with Recognition Professional International. Hurley joined the Medical Center in 1999 and has worked in her current position for the past 13 years. The 25 Most Influential People in the Incentive Industry were selected by the editors of Incentive Magazine, with input from members of the industry and feedback from readers. Each honoree will be featured in the November/December 2016 issue of Incentive and online at IncentiveMag.com/Influential25.


OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER FACULTY NAMED HIGHLY CITED RESEARCHERS
William Abraham, MD, Carlo Croce, MD, Clara Bloomfield, MD, and John Byrd. MD, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center were named Highly Cited Researchers on the Thomson Reuters list. Only 3,000 researchers worldwide earn the distinction by writing the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as highly cited papers. Each researcher ranks among the top one percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact. Highly Cited Researchers from the Intellectual Property (IP) and Science business of Thomson Reuters is an annual list recognizing leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world.


TAYLOR NAMED ONE OF 130 WOMEN HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SYSTEM LEADERS TO KNOW
Marti Taylor, CEO, University Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was named one of 130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review. The list features highly accomplished C-suite level women leaders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and management throughout their careers. Becker’s Hospital Review has published a version of this list annually since 2009. Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems.


MCQUAID APPOINTED TO OHIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES
David McQuaid, CEO, The Ohio State University Health System, has been appointed to the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Board of Trustees. Established in 1915, OHA is the nation’s first state-level hospital association. OHA exists to collaborate with member hospitals and health systems to ensure a healthy Ohio. OHA currently represents 220 hospitals and 13 health systems throughout Ohio. The association is governed by a 20-member Board of Trustees with representation from small and large hospitals, teaching facilities and health care systems with a committee and task force structure. 


OSU WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER PHARMACY TEAM SELECTED TO RECEIVE BEST PRACTICES AWARD
The Department of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center was selected to receive the 18th annual American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Best Practices Award for their program on credentialing with clinical privileges for pharmacists. The group was one of six from the entire country to be recognized with this award, providing independent clinical activities for pharmacists that has improved quality, reduced costs and improved efficiency of medical teams. ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 43,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. 


OSU WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER ORTHOPAEDIC MANUAL PHYSICAL THERAPY FELLOWSHIP ACCREDITED
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s orthopaedic manual physical therapy (OMPT) fellowship has been accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). The program is the only OMPT fellowship accredited in the state of Ohio and the sixth accredited post-professional physical therapy program and The Ohio State University. The orthopedic manual physical therapy (OMPT) fellowship is a post-professional 12-month program that primes graduates for leadership in teaching orthopaedic manual physical therapy and clinical research. OMPT is used for patients with limited range of motion or chronic pain conditions that may not be successful with traditional physical therapy. 

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Media Contact: Alexis Shaw, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or Alexis.Shaw2@osumc.edu