VINCENNES, Ind. – The Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) recognized
Good Samaritan November 18 at The Marten House in Indianapolis for their
work to reduce patient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent
over the past three years. The recognition is based on the results of
a national campaign known as
Partnership for Patients, created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve
quality and patient safety at hospitals nationwide.
“This recognition is in direct alignment with our most important
Beacon of Excellence in our hospital’s Strategic Plan,” stated
Fred England, Chief Administrative Officer. “The Beacon is “Patient
Safety and Quality Excellence” and one of the primary objectives
is to attain and maintain world class performance levels (above the 90th
percentile) in health care safety measures. The implementation of specific
patient safety and quality initiatives has allowed us to achieve many
of these safety measurement goals for patients we are privileged to serve”
Good Samaritan was one of 116 hospitals that partnered with IHA to form
a statewide engagement network,
Coalition for Care, and participate with the American Hospital Association’s Health
Research and Educational Trust (HRET) in this ambitious initiative. These
hospitals came together to work collaboratively on patient safety efforts, and not
compete on safety.
“All of our physicians and staff at Good Samaritan should feel proud
of the improvements we have achieved in regard to patient safety and quality,”
said Michael Smith, Director of OEI Patient Safety and Risk. “By
collaborating with IHA and applying the best practices that have been
proven to work in our industry, we can provide even better treatment for
Member hospitals attended educational sessions offered through IHA and
HRET to address readmissions, falls and patient and family engagement,
among others, and in the last three years, there have been 3,800 participants
in educational programs. In 2014, 59 regional patient safety coalition
meetings were held across the state. Lean Six Sigma training has been
instrumental, with 297 Lean Six Sigma green belts and 176 Lean Six Sigma
black belts being trained. There are now 68 hospitals with patient and
family advisory councils.
“This is proof that efforts to identify harms and reduce readmissions
are working. Our hospitals should be commended for their continued commitment
to improving patient care. Indiana hospitals have had many accomplishments
in the past three years, and will continue this work in 2015 to improve
the overall health and well-being of our state,” said Doug Leonard,
President of the Indiana Hospital Association.
ABOUT GOOD SAMARITAN
Good Samaritan, Knox County’s largest employer, is licensed
for 239 in-house patients. Annually, Good Samaritan Hospital has more
than 440,000 outpatient visits and an additional 35,000 plus visits to
its emergency room. The hospital offers a wide scope of medical services.
From thoracic surgery to the birth of a baby, this growing health care
provider balances quality patient care with preventive education to fulfill
its mission. Consistently ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in
patient satisfaction, Good Samaritan Hospital provides a superb level
of care while maintaining fiscal integrity and expanding facilities to
meet the needs of the community. For more information, visit
Mission: Provide excellent health care and promote healing through trusting relationships.
Vision: To be recognized as the regional center of excellence for health care.
Indiana Hospital Association is a non-profit organization that serves as the professional trade association
for 164 Hoosier hospitals. These members are either independent or a member
of one of the 23 systems in the state. Membership includes hospitals,
multi-hospital systems and community mental health centers. The mission
of the IHA is to provide leadership, representation and services in the
common best interests of its members as they promote the improvement of
community health status. IHA’s primary responsibility is to represent
the interests of hospitals in matters of public policy. IHA also provides
members with education, communications and data collection services.