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Study Highlights Successes of Ascension Health Quality Initiative
Date:4/7/2011

ST. LOUIS, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A study published in the journal Health Affairs documents Ascension Health, the nation's third-largest health system, has achieved remarkable results in eliminating preventable mortality, lowering birth trauma rates, reducing bed sores and keeping patients safe.  In 2003, Ascension Health set a bold goal of eliminating preventable injuries and deaths. Ascension Health has seen consistent improvement over the eight years it has had an intensified focus on improving quality of care.

The study, "The Quality 'Journey' at Ascension Health: How We've Prevented At Least 1,500 Avoidable Deaths A Year—And Aim To Do Even Better," appears in the April issue of Health Affairs.  It shows that, compared to national averages, Ascension Health has achieved the following:

  • 25% lower mortality
  • 65% fewer birth traumas
  • 89% lower neonatal mortality rates
  • 94% lower in hospital-acquired pressure ulcers
  • 74% lower in ventilator-associated pneumonia
  • 43% lower in central-line blood stream infections

"The pioneering work undertaken by Ascension Health has helped lead the nation in establishing a safer environment in America's hospitals," said Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  "A true sign of leadership has been Ascension Health's willingness to share their learnings and experiences with other hospitals.  The best practices developed at Ascension Health are now in place in hospitals across the country."

David Pryor, MD, chief medical officer for Ascension Health and lead author of the report, participated in a panel discussion this morning organized by Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Washingto
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