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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

t and prevention of harm to the more than 450,000 patients admitted each year to its participating hospitals. Originally known as the Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative, the effort was renamed Beacon Collaborative when GBMF provided nearly two million dollars in April 2007 for the second phase of the collaborative's work. The effort was initiated through the Hospital Council in 2005 as a communications hub for hospitals participating in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's "100,000 Lives Campaign."

GBMF funding goes toward Beacon support of individual hospital commitments to achieving significant measurable improvement for the initiatives selected. Hospitals are based in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, and Alameda counties.

Beacon has sponsored a variety of Webinars, workshops, and day-long conferences during the past 12 months, attended by well over 1,000 persons. The Beacon Institute offers intensive courses in the science of quality improvement to hospital quality leaders. A four-day program focuses on development of practical improvement projects that are tested in the participants' hospitals. Beacon staff includes two improvement advisors, Barbara Debaun, RN, MSN, CIC, and Pat Teske, RN, MHA, who teach the courses and consult with Beacon hospitals on their improvement initiatives.

"Beacon supports the already outstanding and multi-faceted efforts of Bay Area hospitals to reduce errors and assure patient safety," said Dr. Spurlock. "The GBMF grant enables us to provide educational programs, unique peer-to- peer learning networks, and most significantly -- a regional forum in which hospitals in the same community with shared values can collect patient safety data confidentially and compare their own performance against that of peers on several important patient safety initiatives."

Much of the impetus for patient safety across the nation and in the Bay Area was sparked by the 1999 landmark Institutes of Medicine
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