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Congratulations HEN Hospitals!

The following is a message from Dr. Tom Evans, President and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative:

As participating members of the IHC Partnership for Patients (PfP) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), I would like to thank you for your dedication and involvement.  Your impressive efforts have helped to reduce patient harm and improve safety across the board in hospitals throughout Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.   

When the campaign began in 2012 you committed yourself to the Partnership for Patients aims to decrease preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. You aligned your organizations with charters, committed to work plans, and began a journey using monthly data that has generated dramatic improvements in harm reduction.  For the Iowa HEN, our ADE outcomes improved 99.9%, Early Elective Deliveries improved 95%, and our Pressure Ulcer results improved 85% over our already high performance.  In fact, in almost every focus area of the campaign you significantly reduced harm to our patients.  Congratulations! Your incredible work over the past three years has changed the way healthcare is delivered.

Follow this link for the rest of the message, including information
about HEN 2.0!

*The photo above shows CMS Contracting Officer Shelly Coyle, Meg Nugent, and Dr. Tom Evans holding an award from the Partnership for Patients, congratulating Iowa's improvement efforts in the PfP HEN.

Deadline Approaching!

Do you know a person or an organization that go the extra mile to improve patient safety? We would like to recognize those who work hard to improve the health of the communities they serve.

We do not know who these individuals or organizations are, but you do! Please take a moment and tell us about those who go the extra mile. 

The process for submitting nominations is easy and should only take 5 to 10 minutes!  This year you have the option to submit nominations online! Click here to submit your nomination!

If you have any questions please email Nancy Thompson.
 

Care Planning - A story from Becky Anthony

On November 25, 2014 Becky Anthony, Senior Vice President of Education at the Iowa Hospital Association, shared her story about end-of-life care planning and decision making. She discussed how healthcare providers in Iowa could help patients and family members when making end-of-life care decisions.  Click this link to view her story, featured in The Des Moines Register.

For more resources about end-of-life decision making, follow this link.
 

Upcoming Events

January 27-28, 2015: "Respecting Choices® Advanced Care Planning" This is a two-day event discussing end-of-life care and the Iowa Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (IPOST). This training was mentioned in the article above. For more information, follow this link.

February 21-22, 2015: "Tai Chi for Arthritis Falls Prevention - Instructor Training Workshop" This event is located in Clive, Iowa. For more information, click this link.

February 24-26, 2015: "Stepping On: Building Confidence and Reducing Falls" You must apply to participate in this program. Applications are due by January 16, 2015. For more information please click this link.

March 12, 2015: "IHC Patient Safety Conference" For more information contact Nancy Thompson.

March 11 - 12, 2015: "A Matter of Balance - Managing Concerns about Falling: Master Trainer Course." You must apply to participate in this program.  Applications are due by January 9, 2015. For more information please contact Mark Hanson from the Iowa Area Agencies on Aging. Click this link to access the application.
 

IHC UPDATES:

HEN Data Entry Deadlines
Click this link to view the 2015/2016 Data Entry Deadlines

Readmissions Video
Follow this link to view
the video!

Next IHC What's Up Call for HEN Hospitals:
January 13, 2015 at 10:00am

For call-in information email cowane@ihconline.org


 
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