Achievements - James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
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James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida



Since its inception the CPRP has relied on creativity, innovation, and teamwork to evolve and develop.

Examples of some of our achievements follow:

- Since 1989 we have continuously monitored treatment outcomes using multidimensional ”gold standard” measures.

- We were the first VA pain program to develop and implement a comprehensive pain clinical pathway (1991) which has served as a VA national model.

- In 1991 the CPRP treatment team was selected as a model clinical team by the VA-funded Interdisciplinary Team Training Program.

- We developed the first VA Pain Treatment Center Directory (1992).

- We established a facility-wide pain treatment algorithm in 1992 that has been “exported” to numerous other VA medical centers.

- Selected as a VA Clinical Center of Excellence for pain treatment in 1996.

- Received full three-year CARF accreditation in 1996 in our first try, and were cited by the CARF survey team as a “model pain program.” Have received CARF accreditation in every subsequent try, most recently 2011 for both our inpatient and outpatient program.

- Initiated a cooperative effort with the American Academy of Pain Management to modify and improve the National Pain Data Base for use in VA pain treatment settings (1997).

- With support from the Sunshine Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 8) we organized and held a Pain Networking Conference in September 1997 to facilitate coordination of pain services at the 7 medical centers and 14 outpatient clinics within VISN 8.

- Designated as the “Premier Pain Treatment Site” in the VA by VA National Headquarters (January 1999).

- Selected CPRP staff have been recruited to serve on several VA national pain committees to assist in implementation of the VA's Chief Medical Officer’s “Pain: The 5th Vital Sign” initiative.

- Designated as a VA National "Program of Excellence (as part of PM&RS) by Headquarters in October, 1999 and again in October, 2001.

- Selected nursing staff presented with the 2004 VA National Office of Nursing Services Innovations Award.

- Winner of the prestigious Secretary of Veterans Affairs 2004 Olin E. Teague Award.

- Designated as one of six Clinical Centers of Excellence by the American Pain Society in April, 2007.

- VA Central Office designated CPRP to serve as the model center and staff training site for VA interdisciplinary pain programs as part of a national directive, 2009.