Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) awarded top honours to eight winning projects at the annual Stars of Excellence staff award ceremony at Katara. The Stars of Excellence Program has been running for six years and, during that time over 1,500 projects have been submitted.

This year, the winning projects were selected from a total of 272 submissions and each year, winners are chosen based on their performance against key criteria such as the application of international best practices, evidence of direct improvements resulting from the project, and how the project has impacted patient care and the overall patient experience.

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Hanan Al Kuwari PhD, Managing Director of HMC, said the awards ceremony is an important platform to recognize and reward the hard work of all HMC staff.

Every year I am delighted by the standard and quality of submissions we receive to Stars of Excellence and I believe this is very much reflected in the excellent work being done at Hamad. It is important to acknowledge and reward teamwork in organizations, as successful partnerships are crucial to an organization’s success. I am consistently impressed by the commitment shown by the staff in raising the standards of healthcare in Qatar so that our population receives the safest, most effective and most compassionate care.’

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Nasser Al Naimi, Deputy Chief Quality Officer for HMC and Co-Director for Hamad Healthcare Quality Institute said that all the submissions were categorized within HMC’s three pillars of: Health, Education and Research and focused on areas including quality, safety, innovations and improving patient experience.

The quality of submissions was extremely high and came from all areas of the organization. The winning projects demonstrate the extremely high quality of work that takes place at HMC for the benefit of our patients. An example of such work is the ‘Golden Hour’ Delivery Room Management project, which received the Managing Director’s Special Award. The project is focused on developing a protocol for premature or underweight newborn babies – the tiniest and most fragile babies born at Hamad Medical Corporation. This has resulted in a reduction in the number of mechanically ventilated babies and has also had a direct impact in saving lives.

Other winning projects from the evening included the following:

Clinical Practice – National Tumor Board and Cancer Guidelines

Collaborative Achievement – Powerchart Oncology Implementation at National Center for Cancer Care and Research

Operational Performance Award – Neonatal Transport Program

Patient Experience Award – Supportive and Palliative Care Unit

Quality and Patient Safety Award– Performance of Pediatric Code Blue Team in Hamad General Hospital Pediatrics

Education Award – Innovating the Clinical Information System Training Experience of Nurses

Research Award  – Association of Time in Blood Glucose Range with Outcome after Cardiac Surgery