Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) recognizes that everyone has innovative ideas and that these ideas have the potential to create change for the better. That's why the community hospital put aside resources to offer its inaugural CKHA Innovation Grant Program to encourage everyone to take action and support ideas that would have a positive impact on the organization.
The call went out to staff, physicians, volunteers and patient advisors with the opportunity to apply for 10 innovations up to $1,000 (one-time each) and four innovations from programs and services up to $10,000 (one-time each). An abundance of applications rolled in from a variety of staff members that would enhance the patient experience as well as support work-life at CKHA. "I was overwhelmed by both the number and quality of the submissions we received from across the organization. It is obvious that creativity runs deep at CKHA," said Lori Marshall, President & CEO.
The recipients of CKHA's Innovation Grants were chosen by the hospital's WeRCKHA committee – a group consisting of staff, physicians and volunteers that meet quarterly with the CEO. Recipients of the $10,000 grants were projects focused on patient care like enhancing nurse call touch screens to improve workflow and communication, investing in a virtual realty device for motor retraining in stroke patients, and creating a physical environment in the inpatient unit of Mental Health & Addictions that will be perceived as therapeutic and healing. The $1,000 grants went to ideas such as decreasing delirium in fragile patients with music through blue-tooth systems in the Intensive Care Unit, recognizing every death in hospital with a battery-operated memorial candle for 24 hours to foster an environment where life is honoured and grief is recognized, and a virtual reality headset that simulates what it's like to "be in the mind of someone" with schizophrenia, depression and anxiety to create awareness and empathy in staff.
"We are looking forward to the roll-out of these projects by the end of March 2019 and are thrilled that the Innovation Grant Program will be an annual affair," said Ms. Marshall. "Congratulations to all of the applicants who took the time and effort to submit their ideas for change at CKHA."
To learn more about CKHA's Innovation Grant recipients, click here.
Pictured: CKHA's $10,000 Innovation Grant recipients received congratulations from Lori Marshall, President & CEO. Pictured from left to right: Deb Watterworth, Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist, Danielle Bowes, Clinical Manager, Psychiatry (Therapeutic Environment for Mental Health), Jarrod Prieur, Clinical Manager, Rehabilitation (Innovative Technology for Stroke Rehabilitation), James Woodall, Manager, Engineering Services (Enhance Nurse Call Touch Screens), Lori Marshall, President & CEO, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Absent from photo: Kim Smith, Clinical Manager, Ambulatory Care and Natalie Clark, Clinical Manager, Emergency (Leveraging OTN at Wallaceburg Site).