Prime Healthcare Hospitals Partner on Patient Safety
Partnership helps Avoid 3,500 Deaths, $63 Million in Costs Statewide as
Part of Patient Safety First Initiative
Ontario, CA, Nov. 15, 2013 - Eleven Prime Healthcare hospitals teamed with
other California hospitals, the National Health Foundation and Anthem
Blue Cross to improve patient safety to help save lives and avoid unnecessary
medical costs. Patient Safety First (PSF), a California Partnership for
Health, avoided 3,576 deaths and more than $63 million in otherwise unnecessary
hospital costs between 2009 and 2012.
The Prime Healthcare hospitals involved were: Centinela Hospital Medical
Center, Chino Valley Medical Center, Desert Valley Hospital, Encino Hospital
Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Beach
Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Montclair Hospital Medical
Center, San Dimas Community Hospital, Sherman Oaks Hospital and West Anaheim
"Patient safety has always been a top priority at all of our hospitals,"
said Prem Reddy, M.D., FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime
Healthcare Services. "As one of the top health systems in the nation,
Prime Healthcare is focused on providing quality treatment that ensures
our patients have the best outcome and believe these types of partnerships
are important for healthcare reform moving forward."
PSF is a statewide collaborative between the Hospital Council of Northern
& Central California, the Hospital Association of Southern California,
the Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties, Anthem
Blue Cross, National Health Foundation and California hospitals.
"This three year Patient Safety First program demonstrates that when
over 180 hospitals identify a problem, utilize a common database and work
collaboratively to make hospitals safer, significant progress can be made,"
said J. Eugene Grigsby, III, president/CEO of the National Health Foundation.
The partnership's results show:
- A 26% reduction in Sepsis Mortality
- A 43% reduction in cases of Central Line Blood Stream Infections
- A 74% reduction in early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestational age
- A 57% reduction in cases of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
The deaths and costs avoided were calculated by comparing all population
data from 2012 to baseline data provided by the same hospitals in 2009.
With more than 180 hospitals participants, PSF is the largest statewide
collaborative effort focused on patient safety in the nation. Not only
is Patient Safety First unique in its size and scale, but it is distinctive
in that it brings together a health plan, hospital associations, a non-profit
organization and private and public hospitals as partners in an effort
to improve care, health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
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