Community Record of Care for Accountable Communities of Health

December 18, 2015

Island Hospital CEO Recognized with National Award

Written by Duncan West

Vince Oliver, CEO and Superintendent of Island Hospital recently received a national award recognizing his leadership improving the health care delivery in his community. A founding Board Member of Medical Information Network – North Sound, Mr. Oliver was recognized from among leaders of the over 1600 small and rural hospital members of the American Hospital Association (AHA). Mr. Oliver can be seen here in a MIN-NS video about the importance of the MIN-NS HIE connecting the broad healthcare community.

Mr. Oliver is the sole recipient of the 25th annual Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award presented to a hospital administrator or chief executive officer who displays outstanding leadership in meeting the ongoing challenge of small or rural hospital management.

Vince Oliver, CEO and Superintendent of Island Hospital

The AHA press release about the award can be found here. It cites CEO Oliver’s collaborative leadership and goes on to describe how

“…(b)y teaming up with physicians, staff members and the community, he has brought innovative programs to Island Hospital that enhance patient experiences and outcomes. Some of these new initiatives were a Sleep-Wellness Center, a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, and the Merle Cancer Care Center, all of which were developed to keep health care local. A new mental health program was initiated with the Anacortes school district embedding mental health counselors in the schools…”

The Munroe Leadership Award follows a national competition which involves interviews by a panel of AHA peers. The award is described here on the AHA web site. It recognizes:

  • Community-wide, collaborative relationships that improve and expand coverage and access to essential health care services
  • Quality assurance and improvement programs that are hospital-wide, include preventive measures that foster patient safety, maximize patient outcomes, and include patient perspective of care
  • Workforce initiatives that redesign job responsibilities, processes, and procedures to meet the needs of patients, workers, and the hospital as an organization
  • Culturally competent patient care services that are developed cooperatively with community leaders, physicians, and hospital staff to address diversity issues in the community

We at MIN-NS are proud to work with Mr. Oliver and feel that the Munroe award to Mr. Oliver is well deserved. It recognizes Mr., Oliver’s accomplishments in service of his local community and hospital district as well as his leadership and vision for the delivery of coordinated and connected healthcare across a broad organizational and geographic span.