2014-12-16 / Front Page

Indiana Hospital Association Recognizes Hendricks Regional Health For Safety


LeAnn Brown, RN, Hendricks Regional Health Patient Safety Officer and (right) Karin Kennedy, MS Patient Safety & Quality Advisor at Indiana Hospital Association. (Courtesy Photo) LeAnn Brown, RN, Hendricks Regional Health Patient Safety Officer and (right) Karin Kennedy, MS Patient Safety & Quality Advisor at Indiana Hospital Association. (Courtesy Photo) Recently, the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) recognized Hendricks Regional Health for their work to reduce patient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent over the past three years. The recognition is based on the results of a national campaign known as Partnership for Patients, created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve quality and patient safety at hospitals nationwide.

Hendricks Regional Health was one of 116 hospitals that partnered with IHA to form a statewide engagement network, Coalition for Care, and participate with the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) in this ambitious initiative. These hospitals came together to work collaboratively on patient safety efforts, and not compete on safety.

“All of our physicians, nurses and associates at Hendricks Regional Health should feel proud of the improvements we have achieved regarding patient safety and quality,” said Patient Safety Officer, LeAnn Brown. “By collaborating with IHA and applying the best practices that have been proven to work in our industry, we can provide even better treatment for our patients.”

Member hospitals attended educational sessions offered through IHA and HRET to address readmissions, falls and patient and family engagement, among others, and in the last three years, there have been 3,800 participants in educational programs. In 2014, 59 regional patient safety coalition meetings were held across the state. Lean Six Sigma training has been instrumental, with 297 Lean Six Sigma green belts and 176 Lean Six Sigma black belts being trained. There are now 68 hospitals with patient and family advisory councils. Hendricks Regional Health had several individuals pursue Lean Six Sigma training during the course of three years.

“This is proof that efforts to identify harms and reduce readmissions are working,” said Doug Leonard, president of the Indiana Hospital Association. “Our hospitals should be commended for their continued commitment to improving patient care. Indiana hospitals have had many accomplishments in the past three years, and will continue this work in 2015 to improve the overall health and well-being of our state.”

Since 1962, Hendricks Regional Health has served as the area’s leading healthcare provider by delivering innovative care with a personal touch. The hospital strives to be the indispensable healthcare partner to patients, payers, physicians, associates and employers. Licensed by the Indiana State Department of Health and accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, Hendricks Regional Health staffs a full complement of physicians in a variety of specialties at locations in Danville, Avon, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Lizton and Bainbridge. To learn more call (317) 745-3627 or visit www.hendricks.org.

Indiana Hospital Association is a non-profit organization that serves as the professional trade association for 164 Hoosier hospitals. These members are either independent or a member of one of the 23 systems in the state. Membership includes hospitals, multi-hospital systems and community mental health centers. The mission of the IHA is to provide leadership, representation and services in the common best interests of its members as they promote the improvement of community health status. IHA’s primary responsibility is to represent the interests of hospitals in matters of public policy. IHA also provides members with education, communications and data collection services.

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