Leadership Excellence Award Recipients

The Leadership Excellence in Quality and Safety Awards recognize those who have made a solid commitment to improving the quality and safety of care provided to Islanders. The Health PEI Board would like to thank and acknowledge all individuals and teams who submitted applications. 

Awards were presented to the following recipients: 


Quality and Safety Award

The Leadership Excellence in Quality and Safety Award went to the Volunteer Services Program in West Prince. The new integrated and innovative program recruits, orientates, develops and coordinates volunteer services and related programs and activities for facilities in West Prince, including Western Hospital, Community Hospital O'Leary, Maplewood Manor and Margaret Stewart Ellis Home. The program has grown exponentially with over 250 volunteers, and it continues to grow month over month.  

Awards of Merit

Awards of merit were also presented to the Provincial Skin and Wound Steering Committee for their development of the Provincial Diabetic Foot Screening Program which has the goal of increasing patient self-care preventative education, early identification of problem areas and helping patients access the most appropriate care path as quickly as possible; and Dr. Marvin Tesch for implementing the Electronic Synoptic Pathology Reporting Initiative (ESPRI) for PEI. Synoptic reporting is a documentation method that uses structured checklists to help physicians produce more standardized, complete, consistent and easy to read medical reports for both patients and clinicians.  


Quality and Safety Award

The Quality and Safety Award went to the team who initiated the “Paramedics Providing Palliative Care at Home” Program. This program provides patients within the Integrated Palliative Care Program “after hours”, in house support for pain management and comfort measures by trained Island EMS paramedics. The care offered in house for unexpected palliative events further supports the family and clients wish to remain in the home rather than being transferred to hospital.

Awards of Merit

Awards of merit were also presented to Adrienne Fudge, RN and Colleen Murphy, RN for leading the Remote Patient Monitoring Program that provides home monitoring for patients with heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder; and Kings Primary Care Network for developing a collaborative mental health model of practice in primary care that provides early screening, early identification, and intervention related to mild/moderate anxiety and depression in the adult population.


Quality and Safety Award

The Quality and Safety Award went to Primary Care INR Clinics for implementing nurse managed point of care anticoagulation clinics to improve quality, safety and access for clients requiring anticoagulation management.

Awards of Merit 

Awards of merit were also presented to Dr. Carol McClure for developing a Mammography Radiology Report Card to improve quality and performance monitoring; Verna Ryan for initiating a safety review of Hillsborough Hospital and ongoing collaboration and support to improve the safety of mental health services; and the Prince County Hospital Interdisciplinary Bariatric Team for providing quality, safe, and patient-centred bariatric care.  


Individual Award

The individual award went to Martha St. Pierre, Provincial Diabetes Clinical Lead, for her role in leading quality and safety initiatives to help improve the outcomes for diabetes care across the province. Some of these initiatives include: Foot Care Committee, Point of Care Blood Glucose Testing Standardization Committee, Pediatric Insulin Pump Program, Health PEI Frail Elderly Guidelines, and the Diabetes Strategy 2014-17.

Group Award

The group award went to the Surgery/Restorative Care Unit at Prince County Hospital for the implementation of rounding at the patient’s bedside and completion of a written report for communication at shift change. This person-centred approach to patient care significantly decreased the reporting time at shift change, and increased patient satisfaction and knowledge of their care plan.

An honourable mention was also given to Western Hospital for their work on establishing and improving wait times and flow in the emergency department.


Individual Award

The individual award went to Diane Boswall, Public Health Nursing Clinical Specialist, for her leadership role in the Lean project entitled "Homeward Bound" at Prince County Hospital and Public Health Nursing West. The project improved communication processes between staff and clients and helped to ensure a safer transition from hospital to community for mothers and babies. She also led the spread of this project to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Public Health Nursing East.

Group Award

The group award went to the Provincial Laboratory Quality Improvement Team for their focus on continuous quality improvement and standardization of laboratory services across the province. Some of their many accomplishments include: establishing a safety committee at all laboratory sites, standardization of standard operating procedures at all sites, creation of a provincial laboratory website, creation of a new guide to laboratory service for clients and publication of an new "Laboratory Quality Manual."

An honourable mention was also given to the "Western Beta Blocker's" Lean project team who were successful in lowering the acute length of stay of inpatients at Western Hospital.


Individual Award

The individual award was presented to Bobbi Jo Flynn, Mental Health Programming Lead. Bobbi Jo led a number of mental health service quality initiatives which improved access to services and quality of care in mental health.

Group Award

The group award was presented to the Provincial Long-Term Care Quality Improvement Team for their work on medication management improvement initiatives.



Published date: 
December 7, 2018
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