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MultiCare Auburn Medical Center recognized for improving patient safety

Posted on Dec. 7, 2015 ( comments)
MultiCare Auburn Medical Center

MultiCare Auburn Medical Center recently was recognized for its dedication to patient safety with regional and national awards.

The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, named Auburn a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2015. This achievement demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to assuring that evidence-based interventions are delivered in the right way and at the right time.

The hospital also was recognized for outstanding achievement in making health care safer by the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA). Auburn Medical Center earned the 2015 “Washington State Hospital Association Achieving Best Care” award for its efforts to decrease patient harm.

“We are committed to keeping patients safe while they are in our hospital and are always working to improve the care we provide to our community,” said David Nicewonger, Chief Operating Officer of MultiCare Auburn Medical Center. “These awards recognize the hard work of our staff to improve our practices.”

MultiCare Health System purchased Auburn Medical Center in 2012 as part of its commitment to providing health services to the growing communities in South King County. During the last three years, MultiCare has invested more than $100 million to update aging facilities and improve the care provided to patients. The not-for-profit health system plans to continue to expanding services in the area.

‘Top Performer’

Auburn Medical Center was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and perinatal care.

Auburn is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.

‘Best Care’

The WSHA award recognizes the work done in several areas to improve the quality and safety of care. They include:

  • Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)
  • Clostridium Difficile (CDI)
  • Surgical Site Infection (SSI)
  • Falls
  • Early Elective Deliveries (EED)
  • Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

“When it comes to our hospitals’ achievements in patient safety, Washington state has so much to be proud of,” said WSHA Senior Vice President for Patient Safety Carol Wagner. “We’re working on the biggest challenges of health care delivery, and our hospitals and health systems are consistently pushing for higher achievements on more measures. We’re glad to be able to give them the recognition they deserve."

Top performers were defined as those achieving the highest scores in reducing patient harm in the key strategies. If the hospital does not provide a service such as obstetric services or surgery, it was not counted against them. Scoring was based on the size of the hospital, and whether the hospital was in the top 25 percent in comparison to others in their size category. MultiCare Auburn Medical Center is one of only 12 hospitals in Washington state to receive this award.

About MultiCare Auburn Medical Center

MultiCare Auburn Medical Center is a 195-bed hospital with about 750 employees that has served the community since 1921. It’s part of MultiCare Health System, a not-for-profit health care organization with more than 10,000 employees and a comprehensive network including Allenmore Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Tacoma General Hospital, MultiCare Medical Associates, affiliated physicians, as well as numerous primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics and community outreach services.

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