April 4, 2013

Florida Hospitals Present at National Quality Meeting

Three Florida hospitals were chosen to share quality improvement successes at the recent national Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) National Collaborative Week meeting in Chicago.

Mark Vaaler, MD, chief medical officer of St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa, talked about the importance of physician engagement and senior leaders' involvement in hospital quality improvement work. Donna Spino, RN, and Stacey Martin, RN, Moffitt Cancer Center, shared their success in preventing catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). Kathy DeMoya, RN, PCCN and Daisy LeClair, RN, from Citrus Memorial Health System highlighted their work on eliminating CAUTI and the importance of hospital culture to achieve and sustain results from patient safety initiatives. Denita Todd, RN, MSN, and Mark Vaaler, MD, St. Joseph's Hospital and Lynn Moseley, executive director of Baycare Home Care, provided an overview of their work with post-acute providers to reduce their readmission rates.

The meeting was sponsored by the HRET Hospital Engagement Network, which is funded by the Partnership for Patients. The goal of the Partnership for Patients is to reduce patient harm by 40 percent and reduce readmissions by 20 percent by Dec. 31, 2013. For more about the Hospital Engagement Network, contact Kim Streit or Sally Forsberg.