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A brand-new award for Ellis

Ellis Hospital is one of five hospitals in the country to receive a brand-new award for vigilance in staff and patient safety.

The first annual 5 Rings Award was established by IntelliCentrics, Inc. — a company that provides healthcare vendor credentialing — to recognize organizations that create "a culture of uncompromising vigilance and awareness" in an effort to maintain a safe environment.

Winning hospitals were selected from the more than 4,500 hospitals that use IntelliCentrics’ Reptrax credentialing service as part of their ongoing security and compliance efforts.

“What started as a program to credential vendors evolved into an organizational effort to improve safety,” said Ellis Medicine President and CEO James Connolly in a news release. “We realized that in order to be successful, we needed more than just data and reports. We needed to have all of our employees — physicians, clinical staff and support staff — working together as a team.”

Others hospitals recognized were: LDS Hospital in Utah, Boston Medical Center, Nebraska Medical Center and University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Each hospital was ranked based on its visitor volume, percentage of visitors who complied with hospital credentialing requirements, ongoing improvement to compliance scores, steps taken to educate staff about policy enforcement, and regular communications with vendors about expectations.

“Hospitals have a duty to their patients to know who is entering their facilities and why they are there, both to prevent infections as well as to improve safety and security," said IntelliCentrics CEO Mike Sheehan in the release. "The 5 Rings Award Program was created to help establish best practices for how hospitals can make their facilities safer. We hope that these hospital winners will serve as role models for other hospitals as they take steps to improve safety and compliance.”

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