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CHAIN Award for Excellence

About the Award

The Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infections Network (CHAIN) represents a partnership formed in 2011 between the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC-Minnesota), the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Hospital Association, and Stratis Health. In early 2017, CHAIN expanded membership to include organizations representing providers across care settings. CHAIN coordinates across the continuum of health care delivery, and supports patients, individuals, and their families to prevent harm from infections acquired in the process of care and combat antibiotic resistance. By leveraging our collective capacity and resources, integrating and aligning related initiatives, and breaking down silos and barriers to implementation of best practices, CHAIN serves as a resource to the health care community and each other.

The CHAIN Award for Excellence commends the infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship efforts of health care teams working hard to build a safer overall healthcare environment. The award winner will be recognized on September 27, 2017 at the CHAIN Fall Conference and invited to share a brief presentation with their peers regarding their important contribution to patient safety and quality of care.

We encourage health care leaders and staff from across care settings to submit nominations by completing the brief online submission below. Nominations for the award will be accepted through August 11, 2017. CHAIN members will review all nominations for key lessons learned and innovative strategies that contribute to infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship. Promising practices and findings will be shared through a variety of venues to promote learning and improve health care across the state. The nomination from last year’s award winner is provide below as an example.

We look forward to recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of health care teams in reducing infections and antibiotic resistance throughout Minnesota thank you in advance for your participation!

Submitting a Nomination

We encourage you to draft your nomination first and then copy and paste the narrative into the nomination form.

You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Nominator Contact Information:
    • Name
    • Organization
    • Title
    • Email
    • Phone
  • Nominee Team Name (Note: Provide the name here exactly as it should appear on any award or certificate presented)
  • Nominee Organization
  • (500 word limit) Provide a brief narrative of why you are nominating this team. Describe the specific infection prevention and/or the antibiotic stewardship efforts championed and how the nominee’s actions helped to prevent infections and/or combat antibiotic resistance, contributing to a safer overall health care environment. The following elements will be scored on a scale of 0-5 resulting in a total possible score of 20
    • The process used to identify opportunities for improvement
    • Specific changes implemented, noting any innovative strategies
    • How staff, leadership, patients or residents, and families were involved in and affected by the effort. Nominations should address each of the constituent groups noted above in order to be eligible for the full score of ‘5’
    • How impact of the work has been demonstrated (consider both process and outcome measures)
  • You will have the option to attach a document to support your nomination. The attachment must be in PDF format. Consider providing things like graphs that display data to demonstrate impact, a marketing tool used for mass education, or a picture of your team at work. Please note, additional narrative will not be considered. Only one attachment is allowed per nomination.

2016 Winning Nomination

View last year’s award winner. The nomination was strong because it provided detailed information on the full project lifecycle and the specific strategies tested through the intervention, highlighted the ways in which multidisciplinary staff were engaged in the project, and provided both process and outcome measures which demonstrated the tangible impact of their improvement work.

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CHAIN is an effort lead by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology-Minnesota (APIC MN), Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Hospital Association, and Stratis Health, which represents Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network in Minnesota.