SwedishAmerican presents Quality Awards

Dr. Prakash Pedapati

SwedishAmerican Health System recently presented Henry C. Anderson Quality Awards, the organization’s highest expression of distinction and appreciation, to two recipients. Both were recognized for their contributions to the organization’s pursuit of quality excellence.

Dr. Prakash Pedapati, Radiation Oncology — Dr. Pedapati has been with SwedishAmerican for more than 31 years and has exemplified quality and service excellence for Oncology Services. He has dedicated his time both personally and professionally to ensure the cancer program moves forward. As chairman of the Institutional Review Board, he has spent much time reviewing each clinical trial that was submitted to the committee and ensuring the organization’s clinical trial program is in compliance with regulatory bodies. Dr. Pedapati also takes time to review each clinical trial to ensure it is safe and appropriate for SwedishAmerican Health System. He spends many hours in his spare time completing this process. He was instrumental in starting the prostate seed implant and Mammosite programs for the Regional Cancer Center. He completed additional training and worked with the physicists, surgeons and radiation therapist to develop these programs as a standard of care.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Team — The second Henry C. Anderson Award for Quality recipient is the EMS Team. This diverse group of 19 individuals united to evaluate the organization’s Paramedic Education program to become nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This process included establishing tools to specifically measure the effectiveness of the program’s faculty, support personnel, curriculum, clinical and field internship and learning resources. SwedishAmerican Hospital’s EMS Program was the second in the state of Illinois to receive this recognition.

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Team

In addition to the national accreditation, the SwedishAmerican EMS System sought out an educational partner that could provide an associate degree program as an option for students in this region. A partnership was formed with Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill., in 2010. SwedishAmerican EMS employees invest a minimum of 1,000 hours of training in each paramedic student enrolled in the program.

EMS Team members include Richard Robinson, Tom Pratt, Linda Edmunds, Brian Murphy, Tonja Radford, Steve Kirschbaum, Penny Lentz, Michelle Messley, Mike Riley, Chad Moe, Trent Brass, Carla Heitter, Jeff Hoster, Will Backus, Chad Thompson, Ann Gantzer, Catherine Lewis, Dr. John Underwood and Dr. Michael Polka.

From the July 11-17, 2012, issue

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