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7 Eastside employees honored

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 Seven employees from Emory Eastside Medical Center’s Heritage campus — its senior mental health unit — were rewarded recently for their hard work as innovators. 

Special Photo Seven employees from Emory Eastside Medical Center’s Heritage campus — its senior mental health unit — were rewarded recently for their hard work as innovators. 

SNELLVILLE — Seven employees from Emory Eastside Medical Center’s Heritage campus — its senior mental health unit — were rewarded recently for their hard work as innovators.

A group of five employees were awarded the HCA Innovaters Award for quality and safety, for their submission titled “Preventing and Reducing Falls in Elderly Patients in an Acute Geriatric Mental Health Program.” From the ideas of Jamie Lackey, Gordon Neale, Babs Matadeen, LeeAnn Arnold and Dawn Nation Wilson, the fall rate at Heritage dropped by 60 percent, spokeswoman Pattie Page said.

Another pair of employees working at Heritage’s wound clinic were given the Financial Impact Award for their submission, “Developing a Skin Program to Assist Nursing Staff in Providing Appropriate Skin Care to At-Risk Patients and Decrease Misuse of Products.”

Because of Leslie Moore and Charlene Hines’ work, Emory Eastside has seen a savings of $34,000, Page said.

“It is so rewarding to work among such inspired and motivated employees,” CEO Kim Ryan said. “We are so proud of each of them and appreciate their contributions.”