Spring 2021 CC News


Spring 2021



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Emerging from the pandemic: leadership charts a path forward


1.5 million COVID-19 screenings and no on-site outbreaks.

With vaccines for coronavirus becoming widely available, we can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

The NIH Clinical Center has come a long way from the start of the pandemic, when even procuring enough personal protective equipment (PPE) was a challenge in and of itself.

But the Clinical Center rose to the challenge – adapting to make clinical rounds virtually and operate with the trifecta of COVID-19 prevention: masking, physical distancing and hand hygiene.

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Employee survey held during pandemic identifies positives and improvements for the Clinical Center

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) is an annual event but this year's survey was far from routine. It was administered during a pandemic, when much of the Clinical Center's workforce was teleworking.

The 2020 survey was customized, focusing less on traditional queries and adding some COVID-19 related questions. Even though staff participation in the survey was slightly lower than in 2019, many metrics improved.

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Clinical Center prepares for Joint Commission survey


The virtual Joint Commission Crash Cart to be used in this year's survey.

Tests can cause high anxiety for students. But how about when a whole organization is being examined? The NIH Clinical Center will be facing a test of its own in the next few months.

Every three years, the Joint Commission visits the Clinical Center as a part of its voluntary accreditation. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 22,000 programs and establishments in the United States, including hospitals and other health care organizations.

As a federal institution, the Clinical Center does not need to be accredited, but it does so as a part of its commitment to provide the best care for its patients. This is a chance for the hospital to demonstrate its safe, high-quality care to an unbiased outside body and receive feedback on potential improvements.

The Joint Commission survey is usually in-person over a number of days or weeks, but due to the pandemic, this assessment will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual. That means hospital staff need to be ready to communicate while socially distanced.

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