PRESTONSBURG – Through the Kentucky Hospital Association and part of the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Engagement Network (AHA/HRET HEN), Highland Regional Medical Center (HRMC) continues its efforts in reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Through the Partnership for Patients initiative – a nationwide public-private collaboration that began in 2011 to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent – HRMC is participating in the second round of the Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN) to improve patient care in the hospital setting.
Tanya Slone, HRMC Director of Performance Improvement, said, “Highlands is working very hard to provide the highest quality and safest care possible. We are constantly adopting new evidence-based practices that will improve our patient outcomes. This work is never finished, and we proudly pledge to continue finding ways to sustain the patient safety gains we have made, while improving overall quality and safety across Kentucky.”
“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Partnership for Patients’ selection of the AHA/HRET HEN can be seen as a testament to Kentucky hospitals’ steadfast and ongoing patient safety and quality improvement efforts. We appreciate CMS’ support and the resources it will continue to provide Kentucky hospitals. This quality collaborative will continue to assist hospitals in their ongoing efforts to improve patient safety and the delivery of health care,” said Donna Meador, KHA director of patient safety and quality and project director for K-HEN.
For more information on the Partnership for Patients and the Hospital Engagement Networks, visit partnershipforpatients.cms.gov.