Navigation Links
Region's Hospitals Engage in New Patient-Safety Efforts to Further Reduce Infections, Errors, and Improve Quality of Care

Partnership for Patient Care launches fourth-year program that focuses on similar practices used by nation's most safety-conscious industries

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Partnership for Patient Care, a quality and patient safety effort led by southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals and one of the region's largest health care insurers, Independence Blue Cross, announces its new initiatives for 2009-2011 today at a conference at the College of Physicians here. Approximately 150 hospital executives and quality experts attending the meeting will be introduced to the concepts of "high reliability" health care - a data-driven, behavioral-focused approach to patient care that rigorously analyzes hospitals to identify areas of weakness or vulnerability in safety performance. Hospitals later receive recommendations, training and education about how to make their environment and practices safer. Similar techniques have been successfully used by the nuclear power and aviation industries to ensure the highest possible safety conditions.

Featured speakers at today's conference will include "high reliability" health care experts Craig Clapper and Carole Stockmeier, partners at Healthcare Performance Improvement, a nationally prominent consulting firm, which will lead area hospitals in their diagnostic assessments.

The conference will also include highlights from the Partnership for Patient Care's 2008 initiatives, which include eliminating serious surgical errors; preventing pressure ulcers; and continuing to raise awareness about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections through the Fight MRSA! Alliance.

The Partnership for Patient Care is overseen by The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF), a nonprofit organization that supports innovative efforts to improve health services and promote best practices and patient safety in the Delaware Valley. Since the Partnership was launched in 2005, nearly every area hospital in the Philadelphia region has participated in at least one of the Partnership's initiatives, including efforts to reduce health care-acquired infections and prevent bloodstream and surgical site infections, patient falls, and life-threatening blood clots that can develop during hospitalization.

In October 2008, Independence Blue Cross announced that it was extending its support for the Partnership with funding of $3 million through 2011.

"Hospitals participating in the Partnership for Patient Care have worked very hard to reduce dangerous infections and are now seeing the positive impacts of their efforts: safer conditions for millions of people in hospitals throughout the Delaware Valley," said Kate Flynn, president of HCIF.

"For example, it's no coincidence that recent results from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council showed impressive improvements in reducing health care-acquired infections for the state and region, and nearly a 50 percent decrease in mortality rates for patients with surgical site infections -- both safety improvement projects the Partnership undertook," said Flynn.

"We are proud to have been the co-founder of the Partnership for Patient Care," said Joseph A. Frick, president and chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross. "We're pleased with the strong results we've seen from partnering with hospitals and health care organizations to create progressive approaches to addressing critical patient-safety issues. Together we're reaching our goal -- making health care safer in our region."

About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in Southeastern Pennsylvania. IBC and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.4 million people. For more than 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. For more information, visit our website at

About The Health Care Improvement Foundation

The Health Care Improvement Foundation is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to supporting innovative efforts to improve health services and enhance public trust and confidence in the region's healthcare delivery system through the promotion of best practices in community health and patient safety in the Delaware Valley.

SOURCE Independence Blue Cross
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Air Quality Action Day Forecast Thursday in All Regions
2. Arteries from distinct regions of the body have unique immune functions
3. Movement Against Cancer Launches An All-Russia Cancer Awareness Campaign to Promote Early Screening and Cancer Detection Programs in Russias Regions
4. Expansion Will Double Size of The Heart Center at Regions Hospital
5. Regions Hospital to Open New Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit
6. National Quality Report Ranks Regions Hospital Highest in Area
7. Video games activate reward regions of brain in men more than women, Stanford study finds
8. Regions Hospital Receives National Quality Awards
9. Belief, disbelief and uncertainty activate distinct brain regions
10. Regions Named One of Nations Top 100 Heart Hospitals
11. Red Cross President Visits Flooded Regions in Mexico
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... An inventor from Charlottesville, Va., is concerned about the ... had high blood pressure due to loud noises," she said, "so I decided that ... pollution as well as radio waves and microwaves." , The baby BABY MUFF prevents ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... In an interview with Andy Mitchell of Peconic ... on Long Island’s east end. During the broadcast, entitled “Eyes: the Window to the ... glaucoma and cataracts, and how a visit with his grandmother to her physician put ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Since its inception, Seniors ... independent living, assisted living and all other retirement options. Support for issues surrounding ... research remains a top priority. , So it’s no surprise that every ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic ... surgery practices in Florida, is proud to announce that Dr. Joshua Kreithen, one ... Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company. , Ethicon is a global medical ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Sikka Software announced today that they are showcasing ... dentists to make complex business decisions by providing the tools and information they need ... survey with 10 procedures customized by zip code. , The Sikka Software Ecosystem ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015   Nuance Communications, Inc. ... National Decision Support Company (NDSC) today jointly announced ... collaboration capabilities that utilize the American College of Radiology,s ... provider organizations to comply with current and emerging ... --> By combining clinical decision support, ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Booth #4303 – The Imaging Components business of ... broader array of products in a new booth (#4303) at ... North America in Chicago ... X-ray components "At the Heart of Imaging." Products will include ... Varian,s Claymount brand, and computer-aided diagnostic software from MeVis as ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... 30, 2015  Hanger, Inc. (NYSE: HGR ) ... the terms of its previously announced consent solicitation (as ... $200,000,000 aggregate principal amount 7⅛% Senior Notes due 2018 ... consent fees payable pursuant to the Consent Solicitation, (ii) ... (iii) the expiration date of the Consent Solicitation.    ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: