LifePoint Health Achieves Outstanding Results in Medicare Safety Program

November 9, 2016

We are celebrating our company-wide achievements in improving quality and safety in patient care. In 2011, LifePoint Health (parent company of Memorial Medical Center) was selected as one of 26 organizations to participate in a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2-year program called Partners for Patients as a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN). The goals of the program were to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions (“harms”), reduce readmissions, and create an enduring culture of safety.  At the end of September this year, that contract concluded.

LifePoint achieved outstanding results. Some highlights of our success include at 49.6% reduction in aggregate harms, compared to the baseline from 2010, and a 14% reduction in readmissions. 97% of LifePoint hospitals now utilize a bedside shift report and include the patient and family as a part of the team discussion during shift changes.  Additionally, 50 LifePoint leaders earned Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) designation through the National Patient Safety Foundation. Julie Howard, Director of Quality and Safety from Memorial, was one of these.

We are incredibly proud of our results as a company and as an individual hospital.  We especially thank and recognize Memorial’s hospital leadership team, clinicians and staff for working tirelessly on behalf of our patients to make quality and safe care a top priority.