Established in September 2000, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation seeks to advance environmental conservation, scientific research and patient care around the world and in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it is based. Gordon Moore is the co-founder of Intel Corporation and chairman emeritus of the corporation's Board of Directors.
Steve McCormick, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, says the new Patient Care Program is focused on working with partners to create meaningful change within the U.S. health care system.
"By connecting two critical aspects of health care improved systems for delivering care and better patient and family engagement we believe the nation can improve the overall quality of care, foster greater respect for patients and their families and save money," McCormick says.
Adds George Bo-Linn, M.D., chief program officer for the Patient Care Program: "Improvements in patient care will be more significant and lasting if patients and their families are actively engaged especially if we reconfigure clinical processes, care teams and technology into an integrated whole to focus on patient safety. Much improvement has occurred but too many patients still suffer from lapses in quality and safety. It's ambitious to attempt to prevent all harm, but we must strive for no less."
Each year, tens of thousands of preventable deaths occur in U.S. hospitals and millions are spent on patient readmissions that could be averted. Studies show that, nationally, one in five patients is harmed during hospitalization and roughly 60 percent of those cases are preventable.
The Foundation chose to work with Pronovost, whose team has already shown it can dramatically reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections in ICUs using a simple checklist coupled with culture change that empowered staff members to speak up when proper p
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