U.Va. Health System Employee Wins Governor’s Award for Public Service

May 3, 2006 — Maggie Short, administrator of U.Va. Health System's Continuum Home Health Care program and Nursing Operations & Development has won the 2006 Governor's Award for Public Service by State Employees, along with other distinguished colleagues around the state.

Gov. Tim Kaine will present the award on Thursday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Science Museum of Virginia on Broad Street.

Short directs the UVa Continuum home health program and has helped to build the program from its inception 12 years ago. The Continuum program has received recognition for its innovative care and improvements in patient outcomes. Continuum assists patients who have recently been released from the hospital and need medical assistance during their recovery period and helps provide skilled care needed to help keep patients out of the hospital.  She also serves as administrator for the U.Va. Staffing Resource Office, the IV Team, Geriatric Services, Social Work and Clinical Administrative Support, among other areas.

One of her innovations was to build a wound care team for home health. Wound care comprises a large percentage of home care service (46%). Many of these patients have medical and social needs that are greater and different from others who need home health. Short worked to increase patient and family participation and compliance in Continuum's wound care program in order to maximize good healing outcomes.

She recently earned another reward: the Continuum program recently earned perfect evaluations during site surveys conducted both by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which accredit or certify hospitals and health organizations. This achievement of perfect scores from both these organizations is virtually unheard of in today's demanding regulatory environment.

In addition to her leadership in home health care, Short also is the U.Va. Medical Center representative on the Provost's Committee to address homeless population issues in the Charlottesville area and is lending her expertise to the Jefferson Area Board for Aging to plan a care program for seniors in central Virginia.