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Saunders Medical Center Honored for Quality

(2017) Linda Bontrager (right) of Nebraska Hospital Association presented the quality award to Tyler Toline, CEO; Denise Sabatka, Director of Quality Services; and Amber Kavan, Performance Improvement Coordinator. The award recognizes their work to improve quality of care as part of national Partnership for Patients’ Hospital Improvement Innovation (HIIN) Network initiative. See the press release below for more details.

  • Press Release from NHA
    Press Release from NHA

    Nebraska Hospital Association recognizes Saunders Medical Center for their hard work and dedication to improving patient care.

    LINCOLN, NEB. – Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo, Nebraska was recently recognized by the Nebraska Hospital Association
    for their work to improve quality of care as part of national Partnership for Patients’ Hospital Improvement
    Innovation (HIIN) Network initiative. The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) and 69 Nebraska
    hospitals partner with The Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association
    (HRET) in this important work. The AHA is one of 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations,
    Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO), and health system organizations selected by Centers for
    Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to work on the Partnership for Patients initiative, reducing
    preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The HIIN’s goal is to achieve a 20 percent
    decrease in overall patient harm and a 12 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions as a
    population-based measure (readmissions per 1,000 people) from the 2014/2015 baseline. Efforts focus
    on consistently providing high quality care to the individuals in each community in Nebraska.

    During the first year of the HIIN, October 2016-October 2017, Nebraska’s 69 hospitals demonstrated
    improvement in reducing patient harm including an estimated:
     3,672 patient harms prevented
     310 lives saved
     $27.3 million in cost avoidance

    The Partnership for Patients model was one of the first models established in 2011 to be tested under the
    authority of section 1115A of the Social Security Act with the goal of reducing program expenditures while
    preserving or enhancing the quality of care. Since the launch of Partnership for Patients and the work of
    Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks in collaboration with many other stakeholders, the vast
    majority of U.S. hospitals have delivered results as demonstrated by the achievement of unprecedented
    national reductions in harm.

    For more information on the Partnership for Patients and the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks,
    please visit partnershipforpatients.cms.gov.

    The Nebraska Hospital Association is the unified voice for Nebraska’s hospitals and health systems. The
    association offers collaborative leadership, assisting its members to provide comprehensive care to their
    communities, improving the health status of those communities. For more information, visit the NHA
    website at www.NebraskaHospitals.org .

    For information, contact Brian Noonan, senior director of communications and education at 402-742-8151
    or bnoonan@nebraskahospitals.org.


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