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Houston Medical Center Named to Georgia Hospital Association Hospital Engagement Network Safety Leaders Circle

Houston Medical Center is a participant in the GHA HEN, an initiative begun last year that is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Partnership for Patients.  GHA, through its Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), is one of 27 organizations nationally to be awarded federal funding to coordinate the implementation of a series of projects with hospitals. The goals of these projects are to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) by 40 percent and hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. CMS states that it has the potential to save 60,000 lives annually and create $35 billion in savings to the nation’s health care system. Additionally, it can help prevent 1.8 million injuries and 1.6 million patient readmissions.

“Thanks to the leadership and commitment of Houston Medical Center, we are well on our way to achieving the significant life-saving goals of this important initiative,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “We are proud to recognize the hard work of the Houston Medical Center staff and applaud their efforts and commitment to ensuring the reduction of infections and readmissions.”

To achieve these goals, there are major directives from CMS regarding improved care in 10 core measures: Four are related to hospital-acquired infections (HAI); four are related to HACs; one is related to obstetrics (OB) and trying to eliminate elective deliveries before 39 weeks; and one is related to transition of care and reduction of readmissions. As part of their participation in the GHA HEN, hospitals selected two of these areas on which to focus in 2012. Scores for the Safety Leaders Circle are based on several criteria, including a database that measures hospitals’ improvement in their respective selected areas.

“Our employees are committed to providing excellent care to our patients,” states Melinda Hartley, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Houston Healthcare. “In addition to our routine methods for reducing all patient harm, we developed very specific targeted interventions to reduce readmissions, catheter associated urinary tract infections and central line blood stream infections. Our employees implemented various strategies which resulted in improved patient care.”

About PHA

The Partnership for Health and Accountability, formed in January 2000 and sponsored by the Georgia Hospital Association, is a unique statewide collaborative that brings together health care providers with community agencies and individuals to achieve healthy communities. PHA includes representation from groups like hospitals, physicians, state health officials, legislators and businesses.

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1601 Watson Boulevard
Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
Telephone: (478) 922-4281

 

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