CARSON CITY — Carson City Hospital (CCH) received a few awards from Michigan Center for Rural Health during the 12th annual Critical Access Hospital Conference in Gaylord Oct. 27.
CCH received the Award of Excellence Honors Quality for Inpatient Clinical Performance, the Quality Improvement Achievement Award — both for outpatient clinical performance — and the Quality Improvement Award for outstanding performance in patient safety.
The Michigan Center for Rural Health is a nonprofit organization formed in 1991 as part of a nation-wide, federal and state initiative to recognize the importance of rural health care and to create a mechanism for resources to flow to rural areas.
Inpatient clinical performance awards
These awards acknowledge quality improvement efforts to improve care processes for inpatient clinical performance in the care and treatment of heart failure and pneumonia and outpatient clinical performance in the care and treatment of chest pain and acute myocardial infarction.
This is the third year the Michigan Center for Rural Health has offered this award.
“Carson City Hospital has shown exceptional commitment to providing their patients with high quality health care,” said John Barnas, executive director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health. “We are pleased to sponsor this award and recognize the dedication of hospital staff to provide the right care to the right patient each and every time.”
Clinical indicators for the 2011 Michigan Rural Health Quality Improvement Awards for inpatient and outpatient clinical performance were based on Carson City Hospital’s Appropriate Care Measure (ACM) performance. ACM is a composite score that captures whether a patient received all the care that he or she was eligible to receive.
“Carson City Hospital is committed to the principles of continuous quality improvement, evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes and raising awareness of the requirements at all levels of the organization,” said Joan Sweet, the hospital’s director of quality. “Together our staff is demonstrating that we are providing the very best in medical care.”
Patient safety awards
The patient safety award recognizes the initiative that best exemplified effective applications and efforts designed to improve patient care delivered within Critical Access Hospitals.
This is the first year the Michigan Center for Rural Health has offered this award.
Carson City Hospital implemented innovative ideas and achieved measurable outcomes in patient safety by instituting the “Hello Yellow” process.
“The winners of the Michigan Center for Rural Health’s premier patient safety award have not only shown outstanding performance in patient safety, but an exceptional commitment to healthcare ingenuity, resourcefulness and teamwork in providing patients with high quality health care,” Rural Health’s Barnas said. “We are pleased to sponsor this award and recognize the dedication of hospital staff to provide the right care to the right patient each and every time.”
“Carson City Hospital is committed to the tenets of quality improvement and patient safety that embrace evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes in our community,” said Shelly Betancourt of CCH’s Patient Safety Office. “Together we have worked hard to improve this process. We will continue to provide the very best patient care.”