Date: 6/13/2011

Georgetown University recognizes Nurses for Patient Safety Initiative

Community Hospital nurses (left to right) Kathy Porras, Molly Janovsky and Melissa Angyus are recipients of the Communications Award for their poster project "Striving to be a Pressure Ulcer Free Facility."

Three Community Hospital nurses have won the Communications Award at the Georgetown University Patient Safety Awards and Educational Conference to prevent pressure ulcers, a complication that hospitalized patients can develop.

Members of the Wound Ostomy team, Molly Janovsky, M.S., APRN, B.C., CWON, CWCN, CDE; Kathy Porras, M.S., APRN, B.C., CWOCN and Melissa Angyus, M.S., APRN, CWCN-AP, COCN, recently presented their work “Striving to be a Pressure Ulcer Free Facility” to a panel of leading patient safety experts at Georgetown University. The focus of this initiative was to create awareness among hospital workers about the risks of pressure ulcers and their role in prevention.

“We’re proud of our Wound Ostomy Advance Practice Nurses who work together toward a common goal: making a hospital stay safer for patients, then sharing this knowledge with other healthcare professionals,” said Ronda McKay, R.N., MSN, CNS, chief nursing officer at Community Hospital. “Their project used evidence-based nursing practices —a model that empowers nurses to use research, analysis and patient history to provide the most comprehensive care possible to patients. They serve as great examples of how nurses are taking a leadership role in providing quality care delivered in hospitals today.”

In 2009, Community Hospital, Munster, Ind. was invited to participate in the state’s Pressure Ulcer Quality Improvement Initiative. Community Hospital’s Wound Ostomy team led the project that was designed to provide a pressure ulcer-free environment for patients on the Oncology Unit.

To accomplish this, the nursing team created a communication tool for circular communication of pressure ulcer prevention efforts between nurses and nursing assistants. A mascot, PUFF (Pressure Ulcer Free Facility) dragon, was created and highlighted on the “PUFF News” storyboard, designed to educate and communicate the project and post results. Quarterly Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Studies prove the project was a success. Other nursing units are adopting unit specific pressure ulcer prevention projects as a result of the Oncology unit program.

To learn more about the quality of care and patient safety initiatives at Community Hospital in Munster, visit our web site at