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June 16, 2014

NRHS improves quality

NORMAN — Norman Regional Health System announced recently that it has made care safer for its patients as part of its work with VHA Inc.’s Hospital Engagement Network.

VHA is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to improve performance and efficiency in clinical, financial and operational management. VHA’s HEN helps hospitals improve in 10 areas of focus ranging from falls and surgical site infections to readmissions as part of the federal Partnership for Patients initiative whose goal is to reduce preventable harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2014.

VHA’s HEN hospitals have, in aggregate, met or exceeded the Partnership’s 40 percent improvement goal in two areas of focus and are making strong progress in four other areas of focus:

Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections: 31 percent decrease for an aggregate measure of two indicators

Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections: 40 percent decrease for an aggregate measure of four indicators

Early Elective Delivery: 78 percent decrease for an aggregate measure of two indicators

Falls: 30 percent decrease for an aggregate measure of six indicators

Pressure Related Ulcers: 39 percent decrease for an aggregate measure of six indicators

Surgical Site Infections: 39 percent decrease in abdominal hysterectomy SIR

“Our highest priority has always been to provide the best care for our community in a safe environment,” said David Whitaker, president and CEO, Norman Regional Health System. “Over the last year, we have reduced adverse patient events in several areas through the hard work of all our staff and their continued dedication to applying best practices.”

VHA’s HEN results are based on April 2014 data and confirmed by the Partnership for Patients Evaluation Contractor. It’s important to note that the Evaluation Contractor used measures with at least 60 percent of VHA’s HEN hospitals reporting data, and no more than 15 percent variation in hospital counts between the baseline and the current period, showing the largest percentage improvement from baseline in the topic area.

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