KVH Hospital was one of 16 hospitals in Washington State recognized for outstanding efforts to reduce patient harm and improve patient safety during the recent annual meeting of the Washington State Hospital Association. KVH Hospital was presented with a Safe Care in Action award.
KVH Hospital was among the highest performing of the 98 hospitals in the state for patient safety, as measured by performance in 10 key areas such as surgical site infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and adverse drug events.
“Patient safety is a critical mission of all health care organizations,” said Paul Nurick, Chief Executive Officer of Kittitas Valley Healthcare. “At KVH, our employees work very hard to ensure the safety of our patients. This recognition highlights the safe environment we provide for our patients and their families.”
Measurement of patient safety performance is a critical component of the Partnership for Patients initiative. This nationwide collaborative effort is led by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and aims to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and hospital readmissions. Statewide efforts are led by the Washington State Hospital Association.
“The hospitals doing this work are helping to test and model the best ways to keep patients safe in the hospital,” according to Carol Wagner, Senior Vice President for Patient Safety at Washington State Hospital Association. “It benefits their patients, but it also benefits all patients.”
Measurement and reporting on patient safety and the Partnership for Patients initiative for Kittitas Valley Healthcare is the responsibility of the Quality Department.