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Putnam Hospital Recognized Nationally For Patient Safety And Quality Efforts


Indiana contingent at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego, front row, left to right: Betsy Lee, Director, Indiana Patient Safety Center; Annette Handy, PCH Quality Coordinator; Linda Webb, Chief Nursing Officer, Pulaski Memorial Hospital and Joni Perkins, PCH Director of Nursing. Back row: Karin Kennedy, Indiana Hospital Association Patient Safety/Quality Advisor; Mary Beth Kaiser, PCH Pharmacist and Paige Langel, Indiana Hospital Association Patient Safety Analyst/Coordinator. (Courtesy Photo) Indiana contingent at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego, front row, left to right: Betsy Lee, Director, Indiana Patient Safety Center; Annette Handy, PCH Quality Coordinator; Linda Webb, Chief Nursing Officer, Pulaski Memorial Hospital and Joni Perkins, PCH Director of Nursing. Back row: Karin Kennedy, Indiana Hospital Association Patient Safety/Quality Advisor; Mary Beth Kaiser, PCH Pharmacist and Paige Langel, Indiana Hospital Association Patient Safety Analyst/Coordinator. (Courtesy Photo) 2011, Putnam County Hospital (PCH) made a firm commitment to the national Partnership for Patients initiative. This program is a public-private partnership working to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans. In the past 2 years, PCH has maintained its commitment and expanded its efforts to seek opportunities for reducing harm and improve outcomes in all of our patients.


Annette Handy discusses PCH safety and quality efforts with conference keynote speaker, Dr. Bob Wachter, Professor and Associate Chair of Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. (Courtesy Photo) Annette Handy discusses PCH safety and quality efforts with conference keynote speaker, Dr. Bob Wachter, Professor and Associate Chair of Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. (Courtesy Photo) Many Putnam County Hospital team members have been involved in the efforts to reduce harm and each has brought unique and high levels of expertise. While we know that there continue to be many opportunities to impact positive patient outcomes, there have been notable gains through strong mul- tidisciplinary efforts. As a member of the Indiana Hospital Association’s Hospital Engagement Network, we have critically collected data and reported our efforts and progress.

Putnam County Hospital submitted our reducing “Harm Across the Board” story to the American Hospital Association/Healthcare Research and Trust collaborative for their consideration. On June 13, PCH received the very exciting news that our organization was chosen to be featured at the national level! Putnam County Hospital was one of just thirty organizations chosen from 130 submissions in twenty states and one of only two Indiana organizations selected by the American Hospital Association (AHA).


Pharmacist Mary Beth Kaiser speaks to a conference attendee regarding PCH medication safety programs. (Courtesy Photo) Pharmacist Mary Beth Kaiser speaks to a conference attendee regarding PCH medication safety programs. (Courtesy Photo) At the July 24-27 AHA Leadership Summit and Quality & Safety Roadmap meetings in San Diego, California, Joni Perkins, RN, PCH Director of Nursing, Mary Beth Kaiser, PharmD, PCH Pharmacist and Annette Handy, RN CDE, PCH Quality Coordinator presented the Putnam County Hospital story. Additionally, Handy represented PCH as only one of three organizations chosen from across the nation to participate in a panel discussion addressing successes and challenges in leading change. The panel was moderated by Joe McCannon, Former Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Putnam County Hospital’s mission and commitment is to continually seek opportunities to elevate the quality of care and experience provided to our community.


Rachel Hopkins, RN and Crista Miller, RN represent Putnam County Hospital as the facility is recognized during the InRHA/Purdue sponsored celebration. (Courtesy Photo) Rachel Hopkins, RN and Crista Miller, RN represent Putnam County Hospital as the facility is recognized during the InRHA/Purdue sponsored celebration. (Courtesy Photo) “The Indiana Hospital Association applauds Putnam County Hospital’s commitment to diligently creating a culture that aims to reduce harm across the board,” said Betsy Lee, Director of the Indiana Patient Safety Center and Co- Director for Coalition for Care. “Hospital leaders who commit to sharing results have the ability to inspire action within communities and hospitals. By providing guidance on how to establish and replicate harm-reduction initiatives, hospital leaders create compelling stories that engage others to similar action.



Director of Nursing, Joni Perkins, explains the organization’s project work and gains in reducing the risk for harm. (Courtesy Photo) Director of Nursing, Joni Perkins, explains the organization’s project work and gains in reducing the risk for harm. (Courtesy Photo)

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