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Teresa Boynton-NBCOT Award

Feb 2021

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Announces Recipients for the First-Ever Innovation Award
Congratulations to Teresa Boynton, recipient of the NBCOT Innovation Award!

NBCOT launched the Innovation and Impact Awards in 2020 to publicly recognize the exceptional work Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) certificants do in their daily practice. The NBCOT Innovation Award recognizes OTRs or COTAs who demonstrate the delivery of an evidence-based, effective, and innovative program or intervention that enhances the quality of life for a person or persons.

Teresa Boynton, MS, OTR, CSPHP is currently an independent clinical consultant. She previously worked for Hill-Rom assisting healthcare facilities to build and sustain safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) programs with a focus on effective education and training, protecting patients by mobilizing early and often, and improving efficiency and patient outcomes while increasing caregiver safety using a standardized assessment linked to SPHM interventions.

Prior to this, Teresa worked for Banner Health for over 26 years where she was focused on preventing caregiver injuries and implementing a standardized SPHM and fall prevention program system-wide. In 2003 she began work on what eventually became the “Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool.”  Based on feedback received over the past 5+ years, she developed Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool (BMAT) 2.0 and published an article on it in the July 2020 American Nurses Association (ANA) American Nurse Journal.

She was recently notified that she received a 2020 “Innovation Award” from NBCOT for her work on developing and implementing the BMAT linked to SPHM and fall prevention programs. Teresa is a longtime member of ASPHP and works on the Certification and Exam Committees.

ASPHP SPHM Advocacy Award

ASPHP  SPHM Advocacy Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has demonstrated efforts and/or results to promote universal safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM). Someone who has  made a meaningful impact in a short time through dedicated service and results, or one who has striven diligently for years to make a difference. Nominees can be from any profession; working to achieve universal safety for all. Nomination opens in November.

Download Nomination Form here.

Award Recipients:
2022 – Kelsey McCoskey
2021 – Susan Gallagher
2020 – Margaret Arnold and Patti Wawzyniecki
2019 – Kent Wilson
2018 – Susan Salisbury
2017 – Rob Williamson and Lynda Enos
2016 – Dave Davis
2015 – Colin Brigham

ASPHP Live Webinar

What about Benchmarking your SPHM program? Why metrics are important.

Presented Live: March 10th, 2021

One hour interactive seminar to discuss benchmarking practices for SPHM programs. SPHM success can be measured in many different ways. Why measure the SPHM program? What are the metrics that your facility is desiring to change? What would be the methods of documentation for those metrics?


  • Discuss benchmarking and how it applies to SPHM programs.
  • Identify how the audit process enhances the progress of the SPHM program.
  • List examples of outcome measures (benchmarks) excluding worker’s comp metrics.
  • Identify websites for SPHM benchmarking resources


Esther Murray, RN, MSN, COHNs, CSPHP

Health Care Workers Compensation Barometer Report

The fourth edition of Aon’s biennial Health Care Workers Compensation Barometer report, which explores trends in frequency, severity and overall loss rates related to workers’ compensation in the health care industry.

This study is designed with health care risk managers in mind, to enable them to measure, maintain and reduce their workers compensation exposure, “measure” themselves against their peers, “maintain” standards of practice and safety levels, and “reduce” their overall cost of risk. Because of the unique demographic of hospitals, a benchmark that enables risk managers to compare to their health care peers is valuable for controlling the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events.

Download the 2018 Health Care Workers’ Compensation Barometer Report-Executive Summary (PDF)