Fort Walton Beach, Fl — An innovator is defined as someone who introduces new methods, ideas or products. In HCA our Innovators Award recognizes that, "Even the smallest idea can make a big impact.” Ideas are inspirations to solve a problem. This year’s local winner recognized a potential problem within our facility for our Engineering department to locate beds and stretchers that require repairs.

This year’s local winner for the Innovator’s Award quickly identified an innovative solution by creating a system of numbering the beds and stretchers throughout the facility so Engineering can find the correct bed that requires repairs. The numbered bedding system would help Engineering locate the correct bed instead of spending nonproductive time searching for broken beds or stretchers, and ensure the repairs are made to keep our patients and employees safe.

We would like to present this year’s HCA Innovators Award to Brandi Walden.