Clinical Partnership Award - Academic Health or Medical Center


Recognizes and honors clinical facilities or nursing units that have demonstrated commitment in promoting quality in healthcare, promoting professional nursing as demonstrated by the development of nurse leaders, and has shown excellence in healthcare outcomes. 

One award will be presented in each of the following five (5) categories:
     • Academic Health or Medical Center
     • Large Hospital more than 200 beds
     • Small Hospital fewer than 200 beds
     • Long-Term Care Facility
     • Primary or Community Facility including but not limited to outpatient/ambulatory care settings

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Past Award Recipients


2015 Award Recipient

Academic Health or Medical Center Category
University of Louisville Hospital - KentuckyOne Health
Kentucky, USA

University of Louisville Hospital - KentuckyOne Health (ULH), a 432-bed academic medical center in Louisville, Kentucky, serves primarily low-income, minority, and under-served clients. Low health literacy disproportionately affects low-income and minority populations. The ULH Chief Nursing Officer supported two ULH nurse leaders to participate in the STTI Maternal-Child Nurse Leadership Academy.  The Academy positioned the nurse leaders to create processes and outcomes that improved care of patients with low health literacy. Steps of the project included:

     1) Review of health literacy standards;
     2) Formation of an infrastructure to review and develop patient education materials;
     3) Assessment of literacy level and learning preferences of patients;
     4) Education to improve skills of nurses as patient teachers.

Intermediate outcomes included dissemination of manuscripts and professional development of the nurse leaders. The primary outcome, patient satisfaction with nurse communication, improved from 75.9% to 84.6%, and satisfaction with discharge information improved from 84.6% to 98.6%. 

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