|Mary Geary, RN, MSN, CPHQ serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Francis Medical Center
Mentor status means that St. Francis Medical Center received the highest score in one or more of the healthcare-acquired conditions being measured by Partnership for Patients – New Jersey. “In keeping with the mission, vision and values of St. Francis Health Ministry, our focus on providing a safe environment for all patients, employees and visitors remains our top priority,” says Eileen Taylor RN, Infection Preventionist. And Patricia Magovern, RN Director of Quality & Performance Improvement adds, “Patients entering hospitals are very concerned about being harmed or contracting an infection (especially with a “superbug”). The fact that St Francis is once again recognized as a leader in keeping patients safe should be reassuring to the community.”
NJHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey was selected by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in December 2011 to bring the Partnership for Patients initiative to New Jersey hospitals as part of a “hospital engagement network,” or HEN. Sixty-three of the state’s 72 acute care facilities joined NJHA’s HEN. NJHA’s effort was among 26 HENs established nationwide.
Statewide, Partnership for Patients-New Jersey participants averted 9,206 adverse patient events in 2013 and saved up to $125 million in healthcare costs. In the project’s first year, adverse drug events dropped by 50 percent; surgical site infections decreased by 59 percent; and the incidence of pressure ulcers was reduced by 43 percent. Of the 10 healthcare-acquired conditions being tracked, each area has posted a decrease since the beginning of the Partnership for Patients initiative.
For patients, this work has resulted in healthcare that is safer, more efficient and ultimately more affordable. Based on this work, and reflected in the data, patients in a New Jersey hospital today are less likely to develop a post-surgical infection; experience an adverse event from improper medication or a fall; get pneumonia, a urinary tract infection or a bloodstream infection while hospitalized; or develop a pressure ulcer.
To learn more about St. Francis Medical Center’s role in New Jersey’s initiative, please visit www.njha.com/pfp