Local hospitals are recognized for patient safety work
Submitted by Janie Rutherford Kansas Healthcare Collaborative
Quality leaders, front line staff and support personnel of more than 100 hospitals across Kansas — including Sabetha Community Hospital, Hiawatha Community Hospital and Nemaha Valley Community Hospital — became “agents of change” this year as they worked to improve patient safety.
Their accomplishments in the 12-month initiative, Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 (HEN2.0), were recognized by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, American Hospital Association, and Health Research and Educational Trust at a statewide HEN 2.0 meeting held in Topeka recently.
Kansas hospitals participated in the campaign conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients program involving more than 3,700 hospitals nationally. The Kansas HEN 2.0 was managed by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, on behalf of the Kansas Hospital Association in partnership with the AHA/HRET and more than 30 other state hospital associations.
HEN 2.0 continued a national initiative with the ambitious goal to reduce adverse events by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent. Hospitals worked together to make improvements in processes and outcomes for 10 or more core patient safety areas, such as the prevention of falls, infections and adverse drug events.
Throughout the course of the one-year project, hospitals in the AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 network prevented over 34,000 harms and contributed to more than $288 million in cost savings. Results of its collective efforts are available in a final report at www.hret-hen.org.