Kathryn Umbarger, an OB tech at Centerpoint Medical Center, was named as the sole recipient of an HCA Innovators Award from HCA Midwest Health System.
The HCA Innovators Award is a new employee recognition program designed to recognize non-management individuals whose innovative ideas to improve patient quality, service, or the efficiency of our operations have been put into action and proven effective. Umbarger received her award in the “Service Excellence” category for her proposal for a NICU webcam so that patients can see their baby in the NICU from home.
“We are very proud of Kathy for her initiative in developing the NICU webcam proposal for us,” says Denise Moland, RN, director, Centerpoint Women’s Services. “We have many families that live far from the hospital and the use of the webcam will enable them to see their babies and be involved in their care.”
HCA presented Innovators Awards in three categories – Service Excellence, Quality and Patient Safety, and Financial Impact. Facilities nominated individuals for the division awards. Each division then nominated one winning idea in each category to corporate for consideration of the national award.