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Region's Hospitals Engage in New Patient-Safety Efforts to Further Reduce Infections, Errors, and Improve Quality of Care
Date:2/5/2009

rship 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
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