Awards and Recognition Advanced Hospital Partners
From Sherry Moore, Hopkins County Memorial Hospital
The Partnership for Patients, an initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is challenging hospitals around the nation to provide safer, more efficient care. An Texas hospitals are rising to the challenge in big ways. As one of the 26 CMS-awarded Hospital Engagement Networks, the Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety is collaborating with nearly 80 hospitals throughout he state to achieve aggressive goals of reducing hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and preventable readmissions by 20 percent by December 2013.
To date, 48 hospitals (62 percent) have either reduced one HAC by 40 percent or preventable readmissions by 20 percent, while half of all hospitals have met the goal in two or more areas. Furthermore, hospitals are shifting their framework from focusing on the reduction of specific HACs to the reduction of all-cause harm. Nine facilities have reduced or nearly eliminated six or more HACs.
It is remarkable to consider the reduced outcomes Texas hospitals have achieved in less than a year. But furthermore, it’s important to understand that best practice implementation, process improvement and enhanced communication will continue to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and improve patient safety for years to come. Staff in participating hospitals are not only providing better patient care today, but also gaining knowledge and skills that will continue to benefit their communities tomorrow.
Hospitals participating in the Partnership with the TCQPS HEN are making significant strides in reducing HACs and improving overall patient safety culture. Recently 10 exemplary facilities (13 percent of PfP hospitals), were identified as Advanced Hospital Partners. These facilities, ranging from 25-bed critical access hospitals to more than 500-bed urban teaching facilities, have shown rapid improvement in six or more HACs and are leading the effort to reduce all-cause harm.
Over the past several months, these facilities have presented their success in multiple venues. TCQPS looks forward to further congratulating these facilities on their outstanding work and utilizing their expertise to engage and educate Texas hospitals.
Advanced Hospital Partners
Connally Memorial Medical Center, Floresville
Golden Plains Community Hospital, Borger
Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene
Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, Sulphur Springs
Medical Center Health System, Odessa
Memorial Medical Center, Port Lavaca
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Sweetwater
Trinity Mother Frances Regional Healthcare Center, Tyler
University Health System, San Antonio
University Medical Center, Lubbock