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Valley Medical Center earns award for improving patient safety

Valley Medical Center (VMC) was recognized 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 on Oct. 16.

VMC earned the 2013 “Washington State Hospital Association Safe Care in Action” award for its efforts to decrease 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.

“Patient safety is our number one priority at Valley, and has been for many years,” Rich Roodman, CEO, Valley Medical Center, said in a press release. “We are very pleased to have our efforts recognized by our peers, and we will continue to establish best practices in our hospital for the well-being of our patients.”

The initiative focuses on reducing harm in 10 key areas:

1. Adverse drug events

2. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections

3. Central line-associated blood stream infections

4. Injuries from falls and immobility

5. Obstetrical adverse events

6. Pressure ulcers

7. Surgical site infections

8. Venous thromboembolism

9. Ventilator-associated pneumonia

10. Preventable readmissions

The “Safe Care in Action” award was presented to hospitals that achieved a 40 percent reduction in harm or were in the top 10 percentile for six or more measures or for 80 percent of eligible measures. VMC is one of 16 WSHA hospitals to receive this award.

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.

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

-from a press release

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