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Florida Celebrates National Healthcare Quality Week
Date:10/17/2009

Governor Crist Signs Proclamation

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Healthcare Quality Week, October 18-24th, celebrates the work of Healthcare Quality Professionals in achieving improved patient care outcomes and healthcare delivery systems. Healthcare Quality Professionals are driven by the desire to make a positive difference in the lives of their patients, organizations and communities. They lead improvement changes not only through content expertise, but through role modeling, educating, coaching and empowering others.

In honor of their achievements, Florida Governor Charlie Crist has issued a Proclamation recognizing the outstanding work Healthcare Quality Professionals do for the people of Florida. Some of the healthcare quality initiatives ongoing in Florida include:

  • initiating a biometric patient identification system, allowing real time and historic patient medical information to be accessed by any authorized clinician caring for that patient, reducing the potential for medical errors and duplication of services while improving timeliness of care - BayCare Health System
  • conducting training programs on road crossing safety in elementary schools to reduce pediatric traffic injuries and fatalities - Trauma One, Shands Jacksonville.
  • initiating multifaceted operational changes to reduce emergency room wait times to below the national average to ensure emergency services are provided in a timely manner, reducing complications and saving lives - HCA, Inc.
  • providing free support groups to families of deployed or injured veterans and for those who have lost a loved one to war to provide psychological and spiritual support.- TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care
  • creating a multidisciplinary program which includes bundling of services, use monitoring, and education, with an 18 month goal of eliminating the five primary healthcare-acquired infectio
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