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"UAB Health System Announces Inaugural Innovation Award Winners."

While many health systems find it difficult to expand their focus much beyond day-to-day survival, a few recognize the power of teams with innovative ideas to drive measurable, long-term improvements in key strategic indicators. Example: the UAB Health System...
"The UAB Health System has announced the winners of its inaugural Innovation Awards, which acknowledge novel and inventive programs, policies, ideas and processes implemented in the last two years that have led to significant, measurable improvements in patient care and/or operational efficiency.

"The awards recognize best practices in UAB Health System entities and affiliates, with a goal of promoting widespread adoption of exceptional programs and ideas. Montgomery-based Baptist Health took first place in this first year of the program after the Health System CEO Council reviewed 36 nominations and selected three winners in each of two categories: Impact, for programs that have had the greatest positive effects on patient care or operations, and Creativity, for programs that demonstrate exceptional vision and imagination."
The ideas are out there to take your organization to the next level too. They're within your walls...locked up in your team's fearful heads, maybe?

Doesn't matter how big or how small your organization is, urban or rural, teaching or non-teaching. But here's the problem: ideas can be tough to recognize when they don't just show up on their own at the executive suite's oak-paneled doors. They need finding, nurturing, recognizing, supporting, funding and, yes, a little risk-taking. They need a process and a culture that values improvement and inquiry.

But they're out there, as long as you have teams of people asking What if...? Why not...?

What was first on the agenda at your most recent leadership meeting? Budget cutting or innovative problem-solving? I'll bet I know where UAB started.


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