SGCMH receives MHA Patient Safety Award


Every day, hospitals and health care professionals across Missouri make innovative advances in delivering exceptional patient care. The Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) recognizes the work of hospitals and individual health care professionals through a variety of awards given throughout the year. Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) was recently recognized by MHA and the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) at the state convention by receiving the “Top 10 Greatest Percentage of Improvement Award.”
“Eliminating and reducing the potential for patient harm is key in promoting a quality healthcare experience,” said Hirshell Parker, BSN, RN, Director of Quality & Risk Management. “To be able to track, compare, and quantify our performance with other hospitals, through the Missouri Hospital Association we are engaged in the HIIN program, a nationwide effort to reduce preventable hospital acquired conditions, hospital readmissions, and preventing patient harm.”
Parker explained that the award recognized SGCMH for being in the top 10 percent of HIIN-participating hospitals by maintaining a low cumulative overall rate of patient harm and seeing reductions of 20% or greater in several key areas including: Adverse Drug Events, C. Difficile Infections, Falls, Surgical Site Infections, Venous Thromboembolism, Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections, Pressure Ulcers, Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections and Hospital Readmissions.
“Improving communication via huddles, “stopping the line” when you see potential for harm, filing event reports, and completing close call reports before an event occurs are just a few of the ways that we are able to prevent patient harm incidents,” said Parker.

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