Yes, you read that right! Three of the Innovation Challenge winners are Platte Valley employees!
Bianca Schroetlin, Chris Bowlin and Evan Landvik are all winners of the SCL Health Innovation Challenge. Associates across the system submitted nearly 300 ideas as part of SCL Health’s first ever Innovation Challenge, so we are very proud to have not one, but three winners.
Bianca’s project is to “harness the power of video emails and nurse phone follow-up to reduce hospital readmissions by enhancing patient aftercare through: connection, education, understanding and adherence.” Essentially, with the support of educational videos and follow-up, this project aims to increase the likelihood of patients adhering to discharge instructions and improve their recovery.
Chris’ project also centers around reducing readmissions, specifically of patients suffering from COPD. This project would provide COPD patients with a non-invasive ventilation device to take home after being discharged. Patients who use the device would be able to avoid exacerbating their COPD, and prevent future visits to the ED with escalated symptoms. In the long term, this project hopes to decrease the amount of time a COPD patient is admitted to the hospital, and improve their overall quality of life.
Evan’s project seeks to create a multi-agency care plan on a shared digital platform. If you’re thinking this isn’t a new concept, you may be right, but Evan’s idea takes this concept a step further than what’s currently available. “What is unique about this idea,” reads the project proposal, “is that it creates a common plan for multiple, otherwise-unaffiliated agencies to reference, document and share information with each other.”
All of the Innovation Challenge winners will receive $1000 plus the funding needed to put their projects into motion. If you see them out and about, please take a moment to congratulate Bianca, Chris and Evan, and wish good luck on their new ventures! Thanks for making Platte Valley so very PVMC Proud!