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ADVANCE/Hospitals Honored for Promoting a Culture of Safety; Inaugural Quest for Quality Prize Recognizes Innovation in Patient Safety
ADVANCE...for release at 2 p.m. PDT July 25
(ADVANCE) SAN DIEGO--(BW HealthWire)--July 25, 2002--Patient
safety took center stage today as the American Hospital Association
(AHA), McKesson Corporation and the McKesson Foundation recognized
four hospitals for their leadership in creating a culture of safety.
Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis was honored with the
American Hospital Association Quest for Quality Prize, including a
$75,000 award to further advance patient safety initiatives.
Finalists were Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, Mass., and
Children's Hospital and Clinics - Minneapolis/St.Paul, each receiving
a $12,500 award. Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston received the
Citation of Merit.
The first annual Quest for Quality Prize, created in partnership
with the McKesson Corporation and McKesson Foundation, recognizes
hospitals that have successfully created "cultures of safety," in
which everyone from senior management to patients and their families
collaborate toward achieving the highest standards of safety and
communication. McKesson has joined the AHA as a multi-year sponsor of
Award criteria include organizational patient safety efforts
related to patient and family involvement, patient and family
communication, leadership, strategic planning, information and
analysis, human resources and process management. The Prize highlights
innovative patient safety efforts by leading organizations that other
hospitals can emulate.
"Each hospital recognized today has taken a slightly different
path to achieving a culture of safety," said Dick Davidson, AHA's
president. "But each has successfully created a new culture - one
based on trust, understanding and openness. That culture goes a long
way to improving the care patients receive."
Prize Winner: Missouri Baptist Medical Center - St. Louis
Missouri Baptist's mission of patient safety thrives on staff
feedback and management response and pervades all corners of the
hospital. Guided by its Patient Safety Program, Missouri Baptist
continues to focus on improvement. A community hospital that is a
member of BJC Healthcare, Missouri Baptist Medical Center's efforts -
fostered by open communication, trust and hospital-wide commitment -
are driving patient safety activity at the system level. Innovative
Community Education - Missouri Baptist Center developed a
"Mind Your Meds" brochure providing important facts about
medications. Brochures are distributed at patient discharge
and to the community-at-large. More than 30,000 brochures have
been distributed during the program's first 12 months.
Staff Patient Safety Award - Employees are encouraged to
submit ideas for improving patient safety. Winners may receive
up to $5,000.
Small tests of change are performed allowing staff to focus on
improvement in a more relaxed environment.
Staff Feedback - In an effort to encourage, acknowledge and
respond to anonymous hospital reporting, management produces
bi-monthly emails that address patient safety issues entitled
"We Heard You, We Acted." In addition, unit safety briefings,
during which nurses share and discuss safety concerns
identified in the past 8-12 hours, are incorporated into the
beginning of every shift.
Finalist: Fairview Hospital - Great Barrington, Mass.
A small, rural hospital, Fairview has successfully established an
open and supportive culture grounded in trust and leadership, using
limited resources. From automated labeling in the lab to sharing and
analyzing experiences to celebrating accomplishments, the key to
Fairview's success is people. Everyone on staff plays an important
role and patient safety is truly a team effort. Innovative strategies
Root-cause analysis outcomes used to reduce the "shroud of
secrecy" and to promote openness of communication.
Certificates of recognition reward departments who identify
potential safety issues before they become problems.
Celebrations for accomplishments and successes in safety.
Finalist: Children's Hospital and Clinics - Minneapolis/St. Paul
With broad leadership, commitment and involvement from all
disciplines within the hospital, Children's commitment to safety is
apparent from the front-line staff to the board of directors. Trust
and communication are the cornerstones of this innovative program.
Creative strategies include:
"Stop the Line" program - operations are suspended if a staff
member feels proceeding would be unsafe.
Data Reporting - an emphasis is put on "telling the story" -
in addition to statistics and figures - to provide a deeper
understanding of what happened and how to improve patient
Citation of Merit: Brigham and Women's Hospital- Boston, Mass.
Brigham and Women's advanced technology brings patient safety into
the 21st century. Brigham and Women's Hospital is a national leader in
development and use of information technology to improve patient
safety. Its efforts include:
Being a pioneering leader in development and improvement of
computerized physician order entry systems.
Development of automated Emergency Department tracking
systems, computerized adverse drug event monitoring system and
computerized incident reporting and tracking.
A multi-disciplinary committee of health care experts selected
award recipients and honorees. For more information on the award,
including the 2003 Call for Nominations and award application, visit
the Quest for Quality Web site at www.aha.org/questforquality.
About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider
organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of
health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its
members, which include almost 5,000 hospitals, health care systems,
networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA
provides education for health care leaders and is a source of
information on health care issues and trends. For more information
visit the Web site at www.aha.org.
About McKesson Foundation
McKesson Corporation is a leading provider of supply, information
and care management products and services designed to improve quality
and reduce costs across healthcare. McKesson solutions empower
healthcare professionals with the tools they need to deliver care more
effectively and efficiently. Founded in 1833, with annual revenues of
more than US $50 billion, McKesson ranks as the 31st largest
industrial company in the United States. For more information, visit
the company's Web site at http://www.mckesson.com.
The McKesson Foundation supports community-based programs and
services aimed at improving the health status of at-risk children and
adults. The Foundation is funded by McKesson Corporation, the world's
largest supply management and health care information technology
(End of advance for release 2 p.m. PDT July 25)
Alicia Mitchell, 202/626-2339
Patrice Smith, 415/983-9262