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The unSUMMIT Congratulates the 2014 Sue Kinnick Way Paver Award Winners

way-paver-kinnick2The Way Paver for BPOC (barcoding at the point of care) Award was established in 2006 to honor individuals and institutions for efforts that have cleared the path and paved the way for patient safety with barcoding in healthcare. In 2014 the name of the award was changed The Sue Kinnik Way Paver Award for Healthcare Barcoding.

2014 Way Paver Awards

Sue Kinnick 1976

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT: Sue Kinnick, R.N., is being posthumously bestowed with the 2014 Way-Paver Award and, because of her ground-breaking work, the award is being renamed The Sue Kinnick Way-Paver Award for Healthcare Barcoding. We consider Sue Kinnick, RN, to be the mother of healthcare barcoding. In 1992, while returning a rental car in Seattle, a light went on for Kinnick while watching an agent scan a barcode on a windshield. If a scanner could bring up her rental record, couldn’t scanning barcodes on patient wristbands pull up their medical records? How about scanning medications to verify a match before administering them to patients? Upon returning to her hospital in Topeka, Kinnick convinced her IT department to design such a system and barcoding at the point of care was born. Because of her unflagging efforts, these medication-administration safety systems were implemented hospital-wide by 1995. Unfortunately, Sue’s passing in 1997 meant that she did not live to see the full reward of her labors. By 1999, the entire Veteran’s Administration Healthcare system adopted barcode technology, paving a path that the rest of America’s hospitals would eventually take.

St Alexius

INSTITUTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, ND was one of the first hospitals in America to use barcoding in materials management in order to improve efficiencies and lower costs. The medical center was also an early adopter of barcoding to verify patients and medications at the point of care.


INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT: During his 46 years of service at St. Alexius, Frank Kilzer led the medical center’s bar-coding efforts, identifying and implementing state-of-the-art bar-code technologies along with sound processes, which he has generously shared with healthcare colleagues across the nation and around the world.