The IHC Drumbeat is a monthly email featuring hospital success stories, recorded IHC webcasts, and local/national educational resources.


Hospital Spotlight:
CHI Health Mercy Corning

As of April 1, 2015, CHI Health Mercy Corning has gone 33 months without a central line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and 42 months without a catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).  CHI Health Mercy Corning uses NHSN definitions when determining if a CLABSI or CAUTI is present.  NHSN has been utilized since 2011.  Partnerships for Patients initiatives were put into place in April 2012.  Staff being educated in these initiatives has helped to prevent both CLABSIs and CAUTIs. 

There has not been a CAUTI at Mercy Corning since September 2011.  In 2012, staff were trained on new measures to decrease CAUTIs.  One of these measures included educating staff on proper indications for indwelling Foley catheters.  The proper indications introduced to staff were:  acute urinary retention/obstruction, perioperative use, assist healing of perineal/sacral wounds in incontinent patients, hospice/comfort/palliative care, required immobilization for trauma or surgery, chronic indwelling catheter on admission, or urine output monitoring for critically ill patients.

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Did you know? This week is National EMS week!

Presently, Iowa has:
Total 931 EMS locations
  • 57% operate out of fire departments;
  • 16% are privately owned providers;
  • 14% are other public services; 
  • 13% are hospital based. 
Say “thank you” to EMS responders in
your community!

Healthcare is transitioning to performance value based models which increase quality, decrease costs and improve population health in the community. Across the nation EMS services are taking part in care coordination which results in decreased use of hospital Emergency Departments (ED).


IAHQ Spring Conference

Several IHC staff participated in the Iowa Association for Healthcare Quality meeting recently held May 13 at the Jordan Creek Holiday Inn. Highlights include Project Management Fundamentals for Healthcare Professionals, PQRS Reporting update 2015, and Community Partnering to Make a Difference. Wrapping up the day was the ever-popular Steve Siemens with Staying UP in an Upside-Down World.


Upcoming Events

May 21: "Now What? Best Practices for Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients". This is one of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's broadcast series. For more information, click this link.

May 28: “Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Food Animals Threaten Global Food Security.” This is a continuing education opportunity reviewing transmission of disease from animals to humans. For more information, click this link.

June 3, 2015: "IHC Care Coordination Conference" Join your colleagues on June 3. You won’t want to miss what promises to be our best annual care coordination conference yet. We have a tremendous speaker list and we are already setting a record for attendance and we look forward to seeing you there. For more information, click this link.

June 11, 2015: "Coverdell Stroke Simulation Event" Next up, join us on June 11 for the Coverdell Learning Community at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. Hands on simulation event for EMS professionals, stroke coordinators, emergency department staff, and any provider involved in the stroke continuum of care. There is no charge for this event and lunch is included. For more information, click this link.  Please contact Ellyn Cowan at if you have any questions!

June 25, 2015: "Community Care Coordination Learning Community" IHC will be hosting a Care Coordination Workshop.  Building upon the concepts detailed at the larger Care Coordination Conference on June, the workshop will be an opportunity for attendees to further identify and develop strategies and skills to optimize patient care, focusing on hypertension and diabetes care.  Registration for this event is limited and targeted for primary care, pharmacy, health coaches and educators, etc. For more information and to register contact Kady Hodges at

We thank our Community Partners for their continued support!
IHC Updates

2014 Annual Report

IHC applied for HEN 2.0 and the TCPI grant, we should hear about the success of our
applications soon!


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Next IHC What's Up Call:
June 9, 2015
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