Granville Health System Wins Award for Excellence in Patient Safety

12/9/2011

Granville Health System (GHS) announced that it has been recognized for excellence in patient safety. The North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety awarded GHS for maintaining nine consecutive months with zero catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs).

On November 18, 2011 the GHS CAUTI Prevention Team attended the NC Prevent CAUTI Collaborative Celebration in Durham, NC and was recognized for their outstanding performance improvement, receiving the award for "Zero CAUTIs for Nine Consecutive Months" at the statewide conference. The event marked the culmination of accomplishments from NC hospitals working together in an ongoing project to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

“Granville Health System remains focused on delivering quality care and patient safety,” said L. Lee Isley, GHS Chief Executive Officer. “This recognition showcases the commitment made by our Board of Trustees and medical staff to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible. The hard work of our staff illustrates Granville Health System’s dedication to quality improvement and supports our continued commitment to provide excellent service to the community.”

The award also highlights an ongoing quality and improvement program that Granville Health System has implemented with great success. In fact, the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHP) named GHS as one of the top 10 hospitals in the country in their 2011 Hospital of Choice Awards which recognizes hospitals that go beyond their walls in pursuit of excellence and quality care. Top 10 organizations have developed collaborative relationships with patients and worked with physicians and other health care organizations in the community to ensure a high level of patient safety. The NC Prevent CAUTI Collaborative is another example of how GHS engages important health issues that affect the community.

CAUTIs have been a serious concern in many health care facilities. Health care associated infections account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths in U.S. hospitals each year. In March of 2010, the North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety (part of the North Carolina Hospital Association) kicked off the ‘NC Prevent CAUTI Collaborative’ with over twenty NC hospitals participating. Using a modified collaborative model, participating hospitals received infection prevention improvement expertise at a state level, and assistance to develop necessary, cultural foundational elements to support and sustain gains.

GHS joined the Collaborative and soon thereafter formed a multidisciplinary team comprised of representatives from Administration, Performance Improvement, Infection Control, Inpatient Services and Risk Management. In addition, direct care nurses from inpatient units as well as the operating room and emergency department have contributed to the GHS CAUTI Prevention Team.

"Providing patients with safe, quality care is our number one priority at Granville Health System,” said Maria Calloway, GHS Chief Nursing Officer. “Our patients directly benefit from our participation in the CAUTI Collaborative. I am very impressed with our medical team, both by the performance level they have achieved and the high standard of care they set for themselves and the staff. Team members Paula Lewis, Director of Infection Control; Donna Passini, Director of Risk Management & Compliance; Stormy Mullins, RN; Tammy Adcock, ICU Nursing Team Leader; and Kelly Harmon, Manager, Medical/Surgical Units, did a fantastic job working with our nursing staff in implementing this program.”

More information on the CAUTI Collaborative and GHS’s commitment to patient safety can be found here.

About Granville Health System
Granville Health System provides quality care to more than 86,000 patients a year and has over 100 experienced physicians representing numerous specialties on its medical staff. The main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina, 27565.

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