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Congratulations on the Incredible Impact You Are Making!

Last week, IHC released a press release that showcased the tremendous results hospitals have made in the IHC HEN. The release states that the 127 hospitals participating in the Iowa-based Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) prevented potential harm to more than 4,300 patients in 2013 and reduced health care costs by more than $51 million, according to data released today by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC), which administers the network. Among other improvements, participating hospitals reduced early elective baby deliveries (which can increase complications) by 90 percent; catheter associated urinary tract infections by 44 percent; adverse drug events by 28 percent; central line-associated blood stream infections in intensive care by 24 percent; surgical site infections by 24 percent; patient falls by 23 percent; and avoidable readmissions by 11 percent. If you have any questions about the release or would like more detail, please email

One Week Away - Register Your Team Today! Patient Safety Conference Line Up:

This year's Patient Safety Conference will feature a presentation by Allison Massari. Our keynote speaker, Allison Massari knows that you have the power to transform lives. She has been a medical patient and educator, and understands health care intimately. As a burn survivor she draws on her personal experiences with empathetic devoted healthcare workers. It's a passionate story of finding the internal strength and commitment for hope to flourish - and to inspire the collaboration of teams of medical personnel to profoundly demonstrate the power of authentic patient-provider relationships.

IHC will present the 2014 Patient Safety Awards to the health care providers or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievement n patient safety. This award honors patient safety champions who support initiatives that improve patient 
safety, reduce the risk of harm and keep patients at the center of care. The award winners will share their stories on their improvement work in patient safety, beginning with overall winner Lakes Regional Healthcare. 

Bonnie Andrews of Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado will  explore the topic of “just culture” and how this practice supports patient advocacy and ultimately patient safety. Patients trust that their health care providers are doing the right thing. A just culture acts to promote the caregiver avoiding risky behaviors. As we expect and support those behaviors that promote safety, we act to protect patients from harm, truly functioning as patient advocates.  The day will close with the nationally-recognized speaker Steve Siemens challenging participants "If it isn't broken, break it!"

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the Patient Safety Conference

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD BROCHURE for the Patient Safety Conference

The conference will be held at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, IA. Questions? Contact

March 11th HEN Learning Community Line Up:

The HEN Learning Community will convene on March 11th at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, IA. In support of the CMS HEN contract, this meeting is free to attend. The morning will feature a presentation by Schneck Medical Center in Indiana, who will discuss how the triad of innovation, transparency and ownership has enabled their hospital achieve and sustain quality outcomes for its patients. Following this hospital best practice, Marty Hatlie, CEO of Project Patient Care in Chicago, will share emerging ways patient advocates are contributing to organizational culture change and the patient safety movement. He will describe ways healthcare teams can engage family caregivers to manage risk and achieve safe treatment outcomes.

In the afternoon, HEN participants will discuss sense making of data variation by using run charts. Followed by breakout tracks on Patient & Family Engagement, Obstetrics, and Hospital-Acquired Conditions.

CLICK HERE to register online for the HEN LC

CLICK HERE to download the full HEN LC brochure

Last Chance to Sign up for Final SUSP Cohort 5

Join Johns Hopkins for a one-hour webinar tomorrow to learn how your hospital can take part in the CUSP for Safe Surgery (SUSP), a national collaborative project to reduce surgical-site infections and other preventable harm. The last cohort runs from late April 2014 to August 2015. The webinar will be held tomorrow, March 5th at 3:00 pm central time. Follow this link to sign up and for information on the project:

Navigating Healthcare as a Community Webinar this Friday

Join the Telligen webinar this Friday, March 7 at 9:00 am, to hear how communities are working together to improve outcomes for their residents. Council Bluffs and Osage will share their story of communities using tools to identify shared communication issues.
Register using this provided link:

March IHC What's Up Call for HEN Hospitals: CANCELLED DUE TO CONFERENCES 

William Peters Webcast:
Improvement- Two Essential Concepts for Long-Term Success

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