OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety and quality with a Quality Excellence Achievement Award from the Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s (IHA) Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality. The award was presented at IHA’s Leadership Summit and honored OSF St. Mary’s quality improvement project, “Reducing Hospital Acquired Clostridium difficile (C.diff).”
“We were very excited to receive this recognition,” said Roxanna Crosser, President, OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center. “I am confident that all of the measures we are taking can remain sustainable. It takes a highly engaged team of caregivers to make this happen and we have that team at OSF St. Mary ”.
The measures to reduce Acquired Clostridium Difficile included: A strong screening of patients in the emergency room, a reduction in the amount of antibiotics ordered, strong methods of hand hygiene, isolation rooms and a very strong environmental cleaning when the patient leaves.
“The accomplishments of this year’s award recipients are an inspiration for IHA, our members and the Illinois healthcare community,” said A.J. Wilhelmi, President and CEO, IHA. “All of our member hospitals strive to provide the highest quality of care for their communities while maximizing their resources, and this recognition is an important part of our work in supporting their efforts.”
OSF St. Mary’s project was one of 59 applications IHA received for the Quality Excellence Achievement Awards. More than 20 nationally recognized healthcare quality experts evaluated submissions based on achieving progress in implementing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim—enhancing the patient experience, improving population health and reducing healthcare costs—and the Institute of Medicine’s six aims for improvement—making the healthcare system safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.
OSF St. Mary’s quality improvement project is just one of the ways OSF St. Mary is working to enhance care for patients.
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