OLYMPIA – Providence St. Peter Hospital is pleased to announce it has received the Washington Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality from Qualis Health for its evidence-based care model to reduce readmissions of heart failure patients. St. Peter is one of five hospitals in the state of Washington to receive an Excellence in Healthcare Quality Award.
This project is being recognized for its achievements in improving healthcare quality and outcomes because of its success in improving patient care through a dedicated team of pharmacists and heart failure nurse navigators who leverage their unique skillsets on every patient.
Preventing readmissions for heart failure patients is a strong focus of national quality improvement efforts. As a result of resources for the heart failure population, the Providence St. Peter Hospital transition-of- care team corrected medication errors before patients were discharged. Additionally, the average 30-day heart failure readmission rate fell well below the national average at 14.8 percent.
“Our heart failure nurses champion best practices by utilizing evidence-based guidelines and collaborative team-based approach that helps ensure the best possible outcome and consistency in patient care,” said Stephen Gunadi, pharmacist, Providence St. Peter Hospital. “As a result of the implementation of our transition-of- care program, the heart failure population at the hospital receives comprehensive care when admitted and discharged. In keeping with the continuity-of- care for our patients, important information regarding discharge medications is also passed on to the patient’s primary care physician.”
The successful pilot of this project ensured thoroughly reviewing all of a patient’s home medications at admission, ensuring patients are on appropriate medications, thoroughly reviewing all patient’s discharge medications, filling prescriptions for patients prior to discharge, and providing bed-side delivery of these medications along with extensive patient education regarding medication therapy and lifestyle modification. “Our changing health care landscape requires increasingly vigorous efforts to improve health care delivery and health outcomes in Washington and across the nation. The Qualis Health Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality celebrate organizations that have transformed healthcare delivery for their communities – making a real difference for their patients and their families,” said Jonathan Sugarman, M.D., MPH, President and CEO of Qualis Health.
Since 2002, Qualis Health has presented the annual Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality to outstanding organizations in Washington and Idaho. Winners have demonstrated leadership and innovation in improving healthcare practices, reflecting the very best in healthcare quality improvement. The awards recognize those who demonstrate outcomes relevant to the three broad aims of the National Quality Strategy:
• Better healthcare (for individuals)
• Better health (for populations)
• Reduced costs through improvement
Winners of the 2016 Washington Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality in Washington are selected by a panel of
expert Washington stakeholders. Award recipients were recognized during a ceremony at the 2016 Northwest Patient
Safety Conference on Wednesday, May 4 in Lynnwood, Wash.