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Hospital Spotlight: Decatur County Hospital

This week's hospital spotlight features Decatur County Hospital and their impressive strategic commitment to provide safer care by reducing harm through focused performance improvement. The hospital has embraced the work of the Partnership for Patients campaign by utilizing the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) as a quality and value-based initiative to improve patient care.

Suzanne Cooner, CEO, and Andi Masters, CNO, of Decatur County Hospital wrote a summary article describing changes made throughout the hospital to improve quality of care and reduce harm.  Please click this link to view the summary article.

Critical Access Hospitals - CUSP 4 MVP-VAP

What is CUSP 4 MVP-VAP? It is the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program for Mechanically Ventilated Patients - Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (CUSP 4 MVP-VAP).  The goal of the program is to improve patient safety and reduce harm associated with mechanical ventilation.

Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality has recently announced that a new cohort, cohort 2, for the CUSP 4 MVP-VAP will begin in November 2014. They are asking Critical Access Hospitals to participate! Please follow this link to view a message from Johns Hopkins, describing the importance of participation and to access registration information.

Save the Date!

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative will be holding the next learning community on November 18, 2014 and registration will be open soon! Please mark your calendars!  For more information about the event and registration, please contact Nancy at!

Community-based Resources:

Dallas County - Flu Campaign 2014
Dallas County just kicked off their "Be Wise Immunize" campaign on September 25, 2014.  The campaign encouraged fist bumping to reduce transfer of bacteria and additional ways to boost immunity during the influenza season. Please click on the links below to view the campaign materials. Thank you Dallas County for sharing your resources!
Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH):
Fall Prevention Resources

Providers can use this IDPH resource page to access community-based and educational resources, including recorded webinars, to help prevent falls.

Healthy Communities Magazine - NEW!
This IDPH resource provides information on preventive care, healthy lifestyle choices, emerging practices, and health activities in Iowa.

Iowa Falls Awareness Proclamation
Did you know that September 23, 2014 was Falls Prevention Awareness Day? Terry Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, signed a proclamation making September 23, 2014 Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Interested in reading the proclamation? Please click this link.

Upcoming Events:

October 14, 2014: "Using Health IT to Improve Patient Engagement, Team Communication, and Patient Safety." This is a NJHEN fall prevention update. For more information and to register, click this link.

October 16, 2014: "Effective Management of Preeclampsia and Hypertensive Crisis" This is a PfP Education Series broadcast from VHA.  To view more information, please click this link to access the program brochure.

Partnership for Patients Events:
  • October 2, 2014: "Procedural Harm Affinity Group Meeting"
  • October 7, 2014: "Pacing Event: Pediatric Medication Safety"
For more information about the above and other PfP events, please click this link.

Next IHC What's Up Call for HEN Hospitals:

October 14, 2014
10:00 A.M.
For dial in information, email

New Recordings:

  1. Follow-up Systems - Robert Thompson, RT, JD
  2. Patient and Team Communication - Robert Thompson, RT, JD
  3. Catheter - Associated UTI: Focus on Prevention - Paul Mulhausen, MD
  4. Three Steps to PFACs: Nuts and Bolts Tools for Establishing Patient & Family Advisory Councils - Martin Hatlie, JD
  5. Patient and Family Engagement - In Action to Transform - Martin Hatlie, JD




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