Grafton Integrated Health Network Wins Negley Award

April 11, 2012

News: For Immediate Release

Dr. Bill Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Visits Grafton to Applaud Innovation in Outstanding Achievement in Risk Management Practices
Winchester, VA, April 11, 2012,— Grafton Integrated Health Network, a nationally recognized industry leader in behavioral healthcare wins the Negley President’s award for excellence in risk management.

Grafton Integrated Health Network (GIHN) was recognized for outstanding achievement in risk management for its presentation on “The Safety Seven”. A company-wide key performance indicator to improve client and employee safety was identified and measured by the “Safety Seven”.

The Negley award was presented at the Mental Health Corporation of America (MHCA) conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida on February 23, 2012. The Negley award will be formally presented to GIHN at the 42nd National Council conference in Chicago, Illinois scheduled in April 2012.

Dr. Bill Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Resources is scheduled to be at Grafton Integrated Health Network’s corporate office on Tuesday, April 10th to hear about the innovative risk management practices that led to GIHN wining a second Negley President’s award. “It is exciting to see the innovation of a local organization in improving the lives of those served has been recognized on a national level,” said Dr. Hazel. “This is the standard of treatment and care that sets Grafton Integrated Health Network apart as a leader in behavioral healthcare.”

“Safety is a fundamental right and essential component for the attainment of health, peace, justice and well-being for all individuals, particularly those with significant mental health issues”, said Jim Gaynor, CEO/President. “The measurement of the safety seven factors across the organization is a win-win initiative for clients, employees and the organization as a whole and we are delighted that Dr. Hazel supports our innovation in improving the lives of those served.”

GIHN also won the Negley President’s award in 2008 for The Minimization of Restraint Initiative, a revolutionary technique that highlighted non-coercive techniques for those experiencing behavioral difficulties. In March 2011, GIHN was a finalist for the first annual Virginia Healthcare Innovators Award (VAHCI)—recognizing Virginia organizations that have developed innovative ways to improve healthcare quality and efficiency—for best practices in trauma informed treatment and care.

The Negley Awards, established in 1990 by Negley Associates, Inc., underwriting managers for the Mental Health Risk Retention Group (MHRRG), are a series of cash grants presented annually behavioral healthcare organizations across the country that demonstrate excellence in risk management practices. Since the award program’s inception, more than one-quarter million dollars has been awarded to outstanding behavioral healthcare organizations that promote exemplary risk management practices to clients, employees and the community at large.

About Grafton Integrated Health Network
Grafton Integrated Health Network (GIHN) is a private, nonprofit organization that has served children, adolescents and adults with disabilities and significant emotional and/or behavioral challenges for more than 50 years. As an industry leader in behavioral healthcare, we empower vulnerable and high-risk populations to lead better, more independent lives. Using a client-centered medical home model, GIHN provides continuous and coordinated services from short-term stabilization and residential services to outpatient to educational and career and technical training. These programs along with a data-driven, trauma-informed model help the organization to develop successful plans of care and clients to thrive in a variety of settings.

GIHN provides a continuum of services to children, youth and adults in four campuses throughout the state of Virginia: Berryville, Loudoun, Richmond and Winchester. Services include two psychiatric residential treatment facilities, a short-term stabilization program, special education programs, community-based group homes and outpatient services.

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Shweta Adyanthaya, Director of Communications
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