DCMH/Springfield Hospital Receive Excellence Awards from HAP - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on June 01, 2015

DCMH/Springfield Hospital Receive Excellence Awards from HAP

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Mary Wascavage
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DREXEL HILL, PA — Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) was recently presented the Excellence Award in Surgical Site Infection Prevention from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). In addition, Springfield Hospital was given its second consecutive “Safety Across the Board” Excellence Award. The awards were presented at HAP’s Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN) capstone celebration, which highlighted important quality work that Pennsylvania hospitals accomplished during the last three years, as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Partnership for Patients program. The awards recognize hospitals’ exceptional performance, dedication to patient safety, and reduction of patient readmissions and preventable harm.

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Tara White, M.S.N, R.N., CIC, director of Infection Prevention at DCMH, led the clinical team—including nurses, surgeons and other physicians—that worked on the project. “HAP set up a bundle of best practices that hospitals could implement and see a reduction in surgical site infection rate,” White says. DCMH, and Crozer-Keystone in general, uses the bundle, but key to its success was the implementation of an enhanced screening process in physician offices. “We provided a best-practice inservice along with documentation to physician offices to screen for MRSA and MSSA,” White says. Patients who are colonized with MRSA or MSSA are at increased risk for post-operative complications, so it’s essential to identify and treat this colonization as early as possible.

“We were one of the elite few across the state of Pennsylvania who stuck with the program and experienced excellent outcomes,” White says. In fact, DCMH was 100% compliant with all elements of the bundle since HAP implemented it two years ago.

“This award further demonstrates the commitment of all DCMH staff to patient safety by reducing risk of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs),” says Eric Dobkin, M.D., FACS, FCCM, chief Quality Officer and vice president of Quality and Patient Safety for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “DCMH staff, physicians and leadership have had a longstanding focus on preventing HAIs. This project in particular, and the teamwork displayed by the OR staff, surgeons, anesthesiologists and OR nursing staff, contributed to this outstanding achievement. Tara White’s leadership was instrumental in achieving this award.”

In addition, at the award celebration, Springfield Hospital was one of only 33 acute care hospitals to receive a “Safety Across the Board” Excellence Award for its work to reduce preventable harm and readmissions in Pennsylvania, and to improve patient safety. This is the second time in eight months that Springfield received the award. “I would like to thank and congratulate the physicians and staff of Springfield Hospital for their constant focus on patient safety,” says Gwendolyn Smith, president of Springfield Hospital. “Their work processes and procedures are a testament to this award, and reaffirm that we are providing the high-quality, patient-centered care that our community needs.”

“We are honored to once again receive this award,” Dobkin adds, “and I thank the Springfield staff for their dedication to our patients’ safety.”

“Pennsylvania hospitals deserve recognition for critical quality and patient safety improvements made during the past three years, in partnership with HAP’s PA-HEN,” says HAP President and CEO Andy Carter. “These efforts are evidence of an enhanced ‘culture of safety’ in Pennsylvania, and the hospital community remains dedicated to further reductions.”

For more information about programs and services at Crozer-Keystone Health System, visit www.crozerkeystone.org.

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