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PfP – NCD Pacing Event: Reducing Harm at Critical Access Hospitals

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Thursday, March 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

Summary from 3/29 Pacing Event: “Reducing Patient Harm at Critical Access Hospitals: A Collaborative Effort”

This Pacing Event focused on collaborative-based approaches to driving improvements in patient safety and reducing harms at critical access hospitals (CAHs). Due to characteristics such as their size, staffing, resources, and patient populations, these hospitals require thoughtful approaches to implementing quality improvement and patient safety efforts. This session provided multiple perspectives on addressing quality improvement, including the importance of various types of partnerships, lessons learned, and results achieved.

The session featured presentations from:

  • Various individuals involved in the Michigan CAH Quality Network (MICAH QN), which included the MHA Keystone Center / Michigan HIIN, the Michigan Center for Rural Health, and MPRO QIO. The collaborative provides support, education, and resources, as well as peer-to-peer learning and mentoring, to 36 CAHs. Members of the MICAH QN team who shared their work and perspectives included:
    • Kristy Shafer-Swadley, Coordinator, Patient Safety & Quality, MHA Keystone Center, who provided an overview of MICAH QN and its work, including information about the collection and use of data;
    • Crystal Barter, Director of Performance Improvement, Michigan Center for Rural Health, who discussed the role of a state’s Center for Rural Health in this work; and
    • Mariah Hesse, RN, BSN, CENP, Director of Patient Care Services, Sparrow Clinton Hospital in Michigan, who is the current President of MICAH and provided the CAH-level perspective on participating in the collaborative, including lessons learned and progress that has been made at the hospital level.
  • Lori Skinner, DNP, RN, Quality and Patient Safety Clinical Specialist at the Minnesota Hospital Association (MN HIIN), who discussed the first year of their Culture of Excellence cohort with 21 CAHs, which involved a mentor/mentee model and partnership with the Stratis Health QIO to achieve reductions in falls with injury, pressure injuries, SSIs, and CDI.

The session was moderated by Bruce Spurlock, MD (NCD). To view and download slides and recording from this Pacing Event, click here.

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