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Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Wins Award For Patient Safety
Date:9/12/2007

tients coming to ENH for their care. We want people to come here for their healthcare and not go home with something unexpected that will later cause an infection -- and the program is successful in doing just that."

The approach judged by the NQF to be easy to reproduce and cost effective in any organization, has the potential to have a positive impact on the nationally increasing mortality rates and rising costs associated with MRSA infections. Consequently, it would have a commensurate impact on the quality and safety of patient care.

Evanston Northwestern Healthcare's MRSA Reduction Program Team will soon publish its findings in a peer reviewed journal. Members are offering an outreach program to long-term care facilities to help prevent MRSA infection. They are also consulting with various hospitals across the country on how to start similar MRSA surveillance programs.

The patient safety awards program, launched in 2002 by NQF and The Joint Commission, honors John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Eisenberg was one of the founding leaders of the NQF and sat on its board of directors.

About Evanston Northwestern Healthcare

Located in Chicago's northern suburbs, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH) is an integrated healthcare system that includes Evanston, Glenbrook and Highland Park Hospitals, ENH Medical Group (comprising 65 medical offices and facilities), ENH Home Services, ENH Research Institute and ENH Foundation.

Through its affiliation with Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, ENH supports extensive medical education and research. ENH is in the top five percent of all institutions that receive funding from the National Institutes of Health; among multi-specialty independent research hospitals, it ranks 10th in the nation.

ENH is the only healthcare system in the United States that has been named a top 100 hospital
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