Nashville-headquartered HCA Healthcare has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) with the prestigious John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for its pioneering work using artificial intelligence to help reduce sepsis mortality. Sepsis Prediction and Optimization of Therapy, known as SPOT, received the award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality at the national level. SPOT goes by the popular dog name because it sniffs out sepsis in a way humans cannot. Its algorithm continuously monitors vital signs, lab results, nursing reports and other data to detect often subtle changes in a patient's condition and alerts clinicians to signs of sepsis in patients, as much as six hours earlier than previously, so they can take appropriate action. "The current public health climate of COVID-19 has emphasized now more than ever the importance of early detection of life-threatening illnesses," said Healthcare's chief medical officer and president, clinical services group. "We are honored to receive this respected award for our technology that helps clinicians detect sepsis earlier, accelerates treatment, improves the care provided to patients, and helps save lives."
Belmont University's Occupational Therapy Master's Program recently received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The status was granted for a period of 10 years.
Ascend Federal Credit Union, the largest federal credit union in Middle Tennessee, has been named to Training magazine's Top 125 list for the sixth consecutive year. It is also the fifth consecutive year that Ascend has placed in the top 40 on the list. The Top 125 showcases the 125 world class companies that excel at employee training and development.