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SCKMC Recognized for Patient Safety Program

February 17, 2015

Arkansas City, KS - South Central Kansas Medical Center has been recognized by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) for its participation in a three-year national partnership for patients initiative known as the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN).

Arkansas City, KS - South Central Kansas Medical Center has been recognized by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) for its participation in a three-year national partnership for patients initiative known as the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN).

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that HEN efforts to improve patient safety resulted in a seventeen-percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) such as adverse drug events, pressure ulcers, and surgical site infections among others.

"These reductions are the result of a deep commitment to patient safety and have a demonstrable impact on patient's lives," said Kendra Tinsley, KHC executive director. "Our future is challenging, yet bright and exciting when it comes to improving care delivery."

SCKMC and 99 other hospitals in the Kansas HEN collectively prevented an estimated 3,800 safety events, including readmissions, at an estimated cost savings of more than $23.2 million. HHS reported that national efforts to improve patient safety resulted in an estimated 1.3 million fewer patient safety events, 50,000 lives saved and $12 billion in health spending avoided.

"These phenomenal results across the state and nation represent major strides in patient safety thanks to a strong collaboration among our hospitals," said Tom Bell, president and Chief Executive Officer of KHA. "We congratulate and thank all Kansas hospitals and our many partners for their leadership and hard work now and into the future."

The statewide collaborative, led by KHC, allowed hospitals to learn from state and national subject matter experts, plus work together to share best practices and resources to improve various aspects of patient safety.

"Our healthcare team is devoted to safe, high quality care delivery," said Virgil Watson, SCKMC's Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud of our collaboration with our peers across the state, and the impact our work has made to improve patient safety."

"We appreciate the physicians, nurses and all of the staff who contributed to this successful initiative," Watson said.

(Pictured): Virgil Watson, SCKMC's Chief Executive Officer and Jane Campbell, the hospital's Director of Hospital Quality and Risk Management, display the certificate presented by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative for "outstanding dedication and commitment to improving patient safety through the Kansas Hospital Engagement Network."

(Pictured): Virgil Watson, SCKMC's Chief Executive Officer and Jane Campbell, the hospital's Director of Hospital Quality and Risk Management, display the certificate presented by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative for "outstanding dedication and commitment to improving patient safety through the Kansas Hospital Engagement Network."