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om­i­na­tions for 19th an­nual Spirit of Ex­cel­lence Awards are now open. The awards, co-spon­sored by Sodexo Health Care Ser­vices, honor or­ga­ni­za­tions that go be­yond what’s ex­pected in serv­ing their pa­tients and com­mu­ni­ties.

up­dated this year’s award cat­e­gories to bet­ter re­flect the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions are fac­ing in to­day’s mar­ket­place. The five awards for 2011 are:

The Com­mu­nity Spirit Award, which rec­og­nizes ef­fec­tive com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion, sup­port and outreach pro­grams.

The Pa­tient Safety Spirit Award, which rec­og­nizes strate­gies and pro­ce­dures that im­prove the safety of care for pa­tients. (New for 2011.)

The Process Im­prove­ment Spirit Award, which rec­og­nizes ef­forts to in­crease ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity with­out sac­ri­fic­ing per­for­mance. (New for 2011.)

The Ser­vice Spirit Award, which rec­og­nizes ex­cel­lence in ser­vice to pa­tients and res­i­dents.

And the Team Spirit Award, which rec­og­nizes pro­grams that re­cruit and re­tain in­di­vid­u­als ded­i­cated to com­pas­sion, accountability, re­spect, en­thu­si­asm and ser­vice.

with the as­sis­tance of an out­side panel of judges, will rec­og­nize win­ners and hon­or­able men­tions in each of the five cat­e­gories. Per editorial pol­icy, award spon­sors are not in­volved in the judg­ing or de­ter­mi­na­tion of award re­cip­i­ents. Each of the five win­ners will re­ceive a cash prize of $5,000, and each of the five hon­or­able men­tions will re­ceive a $1,500 cash prize, cour­tesy of Sodexo.

The nom­i­na­tion form can be found in the Recog­ni­tion sec­tion of our web­site, Mod­ern­Health­care.com.

The sub­mis­sion dead­line is Sept. 30. All awardees will be con­tacted prior to the Dec. 12 is­sue of which will an­nounce and pro­file all 10 of the re­cip­i­ents in a spe­cial sec­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Edi­tor David Burda at 312-649-5439 or dburda@mod­ern­health­care.com.

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