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National Award Recognizes Delmarva Foundation and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Quality Improvement Efforts
Date:10/11/2007

7% of teams reduced

rates of these infections to zero.

-- 80% of OR teams improved the timing of antibiotics before surgery,

which can reduce rates of surgical infections. In addition, 80% of

teams reported no surgical infections at the end of the

collaborative.

We are so proud of the accomplishments of the hospitals involved in the 100,000 Lives and Beyond Collaborative," commented Dr. Margaret Toth, Delmarva's Chief Quality Officer. "Delmarva and CareFirst are natural partners that continue to be innovative leaders with work on healthcare-associated infections. We look forward to continuing our efforts to improve the quality of healthcare in these important settings."

The Distinctively Blue Award program recognizes quality programs deployed by BlueCross BlueShield-affiliated plans. Of 61 submissions, 6 awards and 2 honorable mentions were given at the BlueCross BlueShield Distinctively Blue Conference.

For more information regarding Delmarva Foundation and quality improvement collaboratives, contact: Bonnie Noble at nobleb@dfmc.org

Delmarva Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality in over 30 states. Since 1973, Delmarva has assisted in enhancing care in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, medical practices and health plans. Delmarva conducts work ranging from quality improvement, quality assurance, utilization review to external quality review. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Easton, Maryland with other offices in Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, DC; and Tampa and Tallahassee, Florida. For more information, please visit Delmarva Foundation on the web at http://www.delmarvafoundation.org.


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