Three Kansas hospitals were recognized for their leadership and achievement in quality improvement and patient safety by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative. The KHC 2017 Leadership in Quality Award is presented annually to a facility that reflects KHC's vision for improving the health of populations, enhancing the experience of patients, and reducing the per capita cost of care. The awards were sponsored by the KaMMCO Foundation and presented at the Ninth Annual Summit on Quality, jointly hosted by KHC and Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc., on May 10 in Wichita. The award includes a cash prize of $5,000 provided by the KaMMCO Foundation.
The 2017 Leadership in Quality Award winner was presented to Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, recognized for its efforts to make fall prevention a priority, particularly falls by unassisted patients. Setting continual measurement and performance improvement initiatives, SRHC added repeated education on fall precaution for current staff and newly-hired nursing staff. Nursing leadership set up monthly reviews of the fall prevention data, looking for trends and undertaking initiatives to lower the numbers. In early 2015, SRHC showed a marked improvement, with 47 percent fewer falls. With implementation of video monitoring and increased patient and family education, SRHC tracked a 25 percent reduction in unattended falls within 12 months. By late 2016, there had been another 50 percent reduction in patient falls.
Awards of Merit also were presented to Rooks County Health Center, Plainville; and Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, Coffeyville. The three hospitals recognized are among the 117 hospitals throughout the state that participated in the KHC Hospital Improvement Innovation Network. Representatives from all three hospitals received awards presented by Kendra Tinsley, KHC executive director, and Daniel Suiter, MD, chairman of the KaMMCO Foundation board of directors. More information can be found online.