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IHI Selects Jackson Hospital as Only Alabama Stop During National Tour

Hospital news | Monday, October 22, 2007

Contact: Peter Frohmader

Jackson Hospital is Committed to IHI’s Campaign to Reduce Medical Harm

Campaign leaders from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 5 Million Lives Campaign have selected Jackson Hospital as their only stop in Alabama during their Fall Harvest tour across the nation. They will be visiting Jackson Hospital on Wednesday, October 24, with the intention of hearing the successes and barriers we have encountered during our commitment to implementing the 12 improvements in care that can save lives and reduce patient injuries, which were established by IHI.

“We are extremely proud that the IHI team has chosen to visit Jackson Hospital,” said Karen Holland, director of quality. “Our continuous focus on providing high quality medical care is right in step with the IHI mission.”

Jackson Hospital is an active participant in the campaign to protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm. The 5 Million Lives Campaign represents a continuation of the largest improvement effort undertaken in recent history by the health care industry, the IHI’s 100,000 Lives Campaign. The campaign was formally unveiled on December 12, 2006 and has been endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission.

The 5 Million Lives Campaign, which Jackson Hospital has fully embraced, promotes the adoption of up to 12 improvements in care that can save lives and reduce patient injuries, including:

  • Implementing a rapid response team
  • Delivering evidence based Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) care
  • Medication reconciliation to prevent adverse drug events
  • Preventing central venous line infections
  • Preventing surgical site infections
  • Preventing ventilator associated pneumonia
  • Preventing Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infections
  • Reducing harm from high alert medications
  • Reducing surgical complications
  • Preventing pressure ulcers
  • Delivering reliable, evidence based care for congestive heart failure
  • Getting board members on board

Teams throughout Jackson Hospital have been working on all of these patient best practice initiatives, and they will be on site to proudly tell their success stories when IHI visits. IHI campaign leaders will also be able to offer their suggestions for further improvement of the teams’ efforts, once again displaying Jackson Hospital’s true commitment to quality patient care.

For more information about the IHI campaign, the upcoming visit, or to interview someone from IHI, please contact Peter Frohmader at 334-293-8981 or visit www.ihi.org.

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