ASHEBORO – Scott Hill, MD, Emergency Department at Randolph Hospital, was recently honored at the Ralph E. Snyder Leadership Forum in Pinehurst with the 2005 Ralph E. Snyder Physician Leadership Award.
The Ralph E. Snyder Physician Leadership Award is given through the Medical Review of North Carolina and is awarded to one physician each year practicing in the hospital setting who is actively involved in the quality improvement process and who consistently works to engage other physicians in quality improvement activities. This is the second year in a row that a physician at Randolph Hospital has received this award.
“This award is well deserved by Dr. Hill,” said Debbie Dowling, senior director of Quality Management at Randolph Hospital. “He has been advocating change since the day he arrived at Randolph Hospital and has been very proactive in asking for results that directly impact and improve the overall quality of our evidence based care programs.”
Dr. Hill was selected for the recent award based on his commitment to evidence based care, which is a process that helps to ensure that patients’ needs are met with the most advanced medical knowledge available; his direct involvement in the process of improving systems of care at Randolph Hospital and his ability to engage other physicians in the work of quality improvement through multiple areas of care.
For Randolph Hospital, evidence based care is a process that helps to ensure that patients’ needs are met with the most advanced medical knowledge available, in a format that can be documented and measured. Essentially it provides medical and nursing staff with an overall set of treatment guidelines which have been proven to be the most effective for a particular disease type.
Dr. Hill is actively involved in three different evidence based care teams, including Pneumonia, Acute Coronary Syndrome/Chest Pain and Stroke/Transient Ischemic Attack. Each initiative is showing marked improvement in quality of care provided to patients.
Dr. Hill’s contributions to improving the quality of care can be seen on many fronts and is probably most evident at this time with the recent national Premier Award for Quality that Randolph Hospital received in the area of community acquired pneumonia.
The nationally recognized award honors clinical excellence in both quality of care and operational efficiency, differentiating its winners as industry leaders that deliver outstanding patient care, while reducing the cost of healthcare by giving patients the appropriate care at the time it is needed.
“Dr. Hill is a strong member of many of our evidence based care teams and is a constant voice advocating for quality. He goes above and beyond to lobby for the continued improvement of patient care. His energy and enthusiasm for quality improvement projects are evident,” said Steve Eblin, vice president of Corporate Planning and Development. “Perhaps his most valuable contribution is to our patients’ overall health. Through the efforts of Dr. Hill and others on the medical and hospital staff, our patients, their families and this community will be healthier.”