Mercy Hospital Fort Scott Leads Patient Safety Program

January 6, 2015

Mercy Hospital Fort Scott has been recognized by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) for its participation in a three-year national Partnership for Patients initiative known as the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN).

On December 2, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that HEN efforts to improve patient safety resulted in a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) such as adverse drug events, pressure ulcers, and surgical site infections among others. HHS had set an ambitious goal of reducing HACs by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2014.

Mercy Hospital Fort Scott and 99 other hospitals in Kansas HEN collectively prevented an estimated 3,800 safety events (including readmissions) at an estimated cost savings of more than $23.2 million, as calculated by the Health Educational Research Trust (HRET). HHS reported that national efforts to improve patient safety resulted in an estimated 1.3 million fewer patient safety events, 50,000 lives saved and $12 billion in health spending avoided.

“Delivering the finest care has always been top priority for the physicians, nurses and other staff at Mercy,” said Reta Baker, Mercy Hospital Fort Scott president. “Yet, as proud partners in this initiative, we were able to join with other Kansas’ hospitals to share best practices for improving patient safety and see measurable outcomes patients across the state.”

The statewide collaborative, led by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, allowed hospitals to learn from state and national subject matter experts, plus work together to share best practices and resources to rapidly achieve progress in technical and cultural aspects of patient safety.

“KHC congratulates Kansas hospitals for their extensive contributions and work together to improve quality and patient safety throughout Kansas,” said Kendra Tinsley, KHC executive director. “These reductions are the results of a deep commitment to patient safety and have a demonstratable impact on patients’ lives.

These phenomenal results across the state and nation represent major strides in patient safety thanks to a strong collaboration among our hospitals,” said Tom Bell, president and chief executive officer of KHA. “We congratulate and thank all Kansas hospitals and our many partners for their leadership and hard work now and into the future.”

In 2015, many Kansas hospitals will continue their collaboration through the Kansas HEN. KHC will sustain and support the improvement infrastructure created for Kansas hospitals by offering education and technical assistance, as well as providing resources and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.

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