President’s award showcases innovation at Providence

A look back at past winners; 2015 applications now being accepted

A post by Mike Butler, Providence president of operations and services

Mike Butler_croppedWith technology changing our world so dramatically these days, “innovation” is one of those buzz words that gets used a lot lately. But what does it really mean? It’s not just about the latest gadgets or mobile apps.

As Gwen Conner, our director of strategic innovation in Oregon, defined it so well in a video about innovations in her region recently: “Innovation is the realization of the human drive to make the world a better place.”

That spirit of innovation has been part of the Providence tradition for 158 years and remains alive and well in our caregivers today as we work together in teams to come up with new and better ways to deliver care to the communities we serve.

A great showcase of this amazing work is our President’s Award for Strategic Innovation, which recognizes teams that are working to improve access to care, increase quality and safety, promote best practices, reduce variation and demonstrate stewardship. The ultimate goal of all this work is to create healthier communities, together.

Learn more about the President’s Award and get inspired by last year’s winners

Presidents Award

If you are involved in a team at Providence that has embraced innovation and is achieving results, I encourage you to apply for this year’s awards program.

You can learn more about the application process, which runs through Friday, June 19, during one of these informational Webinars:

  • May 6 Informational Webinar – 10 am-11 am PT
  • May 14 Informational Webinar – 1 pm-2 pm PT

You can also get more information, including details about the Webinars, on the Providence intranet here. You must be logged into the Providence network to view this page. 

For inspiration, I invite you to watch these quick one-minute videos about last year’s five winners.

1. Small changes, big results: Reducing CT doses

CT Dose

Imaging technologists in Eastern Washington are reducing radiation exposure from CT scans by 21 to 56 percent.

2. Something special in Monroe, Wash.  

Monroe WA

Providence Medical Group incorporated input from patients and caregivers to improve the patient experience at a new ambulatory center in Monroe, Wash.

3. Natural relationship: Partnering with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center 

Virginia Garcia

Providence Saint Vincent forged an innovative partnership with a community health center to increase access to primary care for the uninsured.

4. Good ideas in all sizes: Engaging caregivers in operational improvements 


Thanks to ideas from the front lines, Providence Northwest Washington is exceeding national peer group benchmarks for average length of stay, discharges per day, expenses and other key metrics.

5. An innovation challenge in Oregon 

Oregon Innovation

Through a grass roots approach to innovation, caregivers in Oregon experiment, collaborate, execute and scale new ways to deliver care.

Thank you to all of our past winners for the incredible work they are doing to help us create healthier communities, together. I look forward to receiving our latest batch of applicants and getting a chance to see how our caregivers are continuing to think in new and different ways to make our communities a better place.