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  • MultiCare hospitals honored for improving patient care

    MultiCare Tacoma General, MultiCare Allenmore and MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s hospitals were recognized this week for outstanding efforts to reduce patient harm and improve patient safety during the 81st Annual Meeting of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) in Seattle.

    The three Tacoma hospitals were the only hospitals in the South Sound to earn the 2013 “Washington State Hospital Association Safe Care in Action” award. The award honors hospitals for decreasing patient harm in 10 key areas through their participation in the Partnership for Patients national initiative – a nationwide collaborative effort to reduce the number of hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. 

    “At MultiCare, we are committed to providing exceptional care to the patients we serve every day,” said Shelly Mullin, President, West Pierce Region of MultiCare Health System. “We have worked really hard to improve the safety and quality of our care and are honored to receive this recognition of our work. We’d like to thank our doctors, nurses and staff for their dedication and hard work as we make these improvements.”

    The “Safe Care in Action” award was presented to hospitals that achieved a 40% reduction in harm or were in the top 10 percentile for six or more measures or for 80% of eligible measures. Tacoma General, Allenmore and Mary Bridge are three of 17 WSHA hospitals to receive this award. 

    The initiative focuses on reducing harm in 10 key areas: 
    • Adverse drug events
    • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
    • Central line-associated blood stream infections
    • Injuries from falls and immobility
    • Obstetrical adverse events
    • Pressure ulcers
    • Surgical site infections
    • Venous thromboembolism
    • Ventilator-associated pneumonia
    • Preventable readmissions 
    “The Partnership for Patients contract has enabled us to make impressive improvements in patient safety in all the participating hospitals,” said WSHA Senior Vice President for Patient Safety Carol Wagner. “We have been able to extensive education, best-practice implementation, and rapid response to problems, and the hospitals doing this work are helping to test and model the best ways to keep patients safe in the hospital. It benefits their patients, but it also benefits all patients.”

    The Partnership for Patients initiative is being lead locally by the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and nationally by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Washington State Hospital Association was one of 26 health care organizations in the U.S. to be awarded a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2011. 

    As a Partnership for Patients HEN, WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association have partnered to support hospitals and medical practices in Washington, Alaska and Oregon in their efforts to reduce patient harm. By joining this initiative, hospitals and health care providers across the nation pledged to make health care safer, more reliable and less costly – ultimately saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars. WSHA provides member hospitals with trainings, data, tools and other resources to help them reach these patient safety goals.

    More information on the WSHA Partnership for Patients can be found at www.wsha.org/partnershipforpatients.cfm. 

    Posted on Oct 18, 2013 in Trophy Case