Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital has been recognized as a Health Quality Innovator for 2021.

The Health Quality Innovator Awards is the annual awards program created by Health Quality Innovators (HQI) that recognizes and celebrates organizations that are using successful, evidence-based approaches to quality improvement.

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital was selected as a runner up in the Patient Engagement and Activation category for spiritual care, health gardens, a faith story program, appreciation service card program and chaplain program.

This award category recognizes organizations that have made the commitment to partner with patients, families and caregivers to adopt effective patient engagement strategies to ensure care processes are patient-centered.

“We’re incredibly proud to be recognized as a Health Quality Innovator of the Year,” said Brian Zwoyer, president of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. “This is truly a collaborative effort among an incredible team of people working to improve the health of this community.”

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital leverages an active Patient and Family Advisory Council, which provides a non-clinical perspective that offers guidance and recommendations to meet the needs of the local community.

In addition to patient-focused services such as spiritual care, health gardens, a faith story program and a chaplain program, this organization helped organize an Appreciation Service Card initiative that allows patients to acknowledge excellent care and service received during their stay. This increased communication has been a morale booster for both patients and employees.