Florida Project Endorses Four Cornerstones for Improvement

August 26, 2013    |   By: Calevir

The Tampa Bay Times and Fierce Healthcare reported that Florida hospitals have moved the needle for readmissions and surgical complications. What they learned should inspire providers at all levels and points of care.

Approximately 200 hospitals spent five years in a successful statewide effort to improve care. Readmissions dropped 15 percent over two years, as 105 hospitals prevented 1,500 patients from readmitting within 15 days and reduced costs by at least $25 million. And over 15 months, surgical complications fell 14.5 percent for 67 hospitals involved in the nation’s largest statewide surgical quality collaborative, which saved 89 lives, prevented 165 complications and saved more than $6.67 million, according to a report from the Florida Hospital Association.

The statewide quality initiatives also led to a 41 percent decline in bloodstream infections over two years, with 35 hospitals saving 37 lives, preventing 302 blood stream infections and cutting costs by $15.9 million.

But the really exciting part was the four factors they identified as the foundation for this improvement-all things that participation with the Center can bring. Here is how the report summarized them…

Collaboration: “When hospitals share and learn from each other, we all benefit not just in knowledge but from the mutual encouragement and positive competition that result from collaboration. We could never make the progress individually that we’ve made together,” Hugh Greene, CEO of Baptist Health-Jacksonville, a not-for-profit community organization, said in the report.

Culture: “High quality and organizational effectiveness are not mutually exclusive; they go together. We need to make this idea part of our culture,” said Bob Brigham, CEO of the Mayo Clinic, also based in Jacksonville.

Data: “Knowledge is power, so having the information and data that’s available through our various collaborations gives us great power to improve patient safety and quality” said Steven D. Sonenreich, CEO of Mount Sinai Medical Center, a private independent not-for-profit teaching hospital in Miami Beach.

Partnerships: “Given the complexity of health care, it’s not enough for providers to improve on their own. That’s why Florida’s hospitals are working together, and bringing in national resources, too,” Gwen MacKenzie, CEO of the 806-bed Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.


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