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Competing San Francisco Bay Area Hospitals Demonstrate That Collaborative Efforts Contribute to Reduced Hospital Errors and Saved Lives
Date:4/21/2008

tal related errors or conditions," said Bruce Spurlock, MD, Beacon's executive director. "We constantly hear from hospital quality leaders how Beacon- sponsored collaboration with peers in the same geographic area, serving similar patient populations, enables them to learn from each other and adapt best practices, even though the hospitals themselves often compete fiercely for market share within their communities."

In addition to VAP and CL-BSI, Beacon hospitals select from ten other initiatives to track progress, compare results against Beacon-wide averages, and share the evidence-based tools and techniques needed to reduce errors that often lead to injury or death. Results for individual hospitals are confidential and do not generally include enough cases for valid comparison with overall, aggregated Collaborative results, according to Spurlock.

The other initiatives are: acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, medication reconciliation, rapid response teams, surgical care improvement, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), high-alert medication harm prevention, hospital-acquired pressure ulcer prevention, stroke and sepsis. Most hospitals are working on six or more initiatives.

"Beacon is a vital forum for hospital professionals committed to patient safety, a concern that transcends the business of healthcare and the natural competition that takes place between health systems," said Art Sponseller, president and CEO of the Hospital Council of Northern & Central California. "Above all, physicians, nurses and administrators in the Bay Area are committed to having the best healthcare system in the world. Beacon facilitates our ability to more rapidly improve how we provide evidence-based care and demonstrate excellence."

Beacon also announced today a new $6 million three-year grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF). The funding enables Beacon to continue innovative efforts to accelerate quality improvemen
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