The Indiana Hospital Association recently recognized Franciscan Healthcare-Munster for efforts to reduce patient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent, during the past three years. Recognition is based on results of a national campaign known as Partnership for Patients, created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve quality and patient safety at hospitals nationwide.
Franciscan Healthcare-Munster was one of 116 Indiana hospitals that partnered with the IHA to form a statewide engagement network, Coalition for Care, and participate with the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust in the ambitious initiative. Those hospitals worked collaboratively on patient safety efforts.
“All of our physicians and staff should feel proud of the improvements we have achieved in regard to patient safety and quality,” said Barb Greene, Franciscan Healthcare-Munster president. “By collaborating with IHA and applying the best practices that have been proven to work in our industry, we can provide even better treatment for our patients.”
Representatives of ember hospitals attended educational sessions offered through IHA and HRET to address readmissions, falls and patient and family engagement, among others. Lean Six Sigma training also has been instrumental, with 176 Lean Six Sigma black belts being trained, throughout the three-year program. Among them were Lisa Leckrone, CPHQ, director of risk management at Franciscan Healthcare-Munster.
“This is proof that efforts to identify harms and reduce readmissions are working. Our hospitals should be commended for their continued commitment to improving patient care. Indiana hospitals have had many accomplishments in the past three years, and will continue this work in 2015 to improve the overall health and well-being of our state,” said Doug Leonard, IHA president.