Washington County Hospital has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety and quality with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Aware from IHA’s Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality. The Partners in Progress Innovation Challenge helps support the mission of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) mission to reduce harm through impactful organizational innovation that can be implemented at other hospitals and health systems across the state.
“IHA and its more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health system members are dedicated to advancing person-centered health care through evidence-based quality and safety initiatives and innovative programs that can measurably strengthen health and healthcare for all Illinoisans,” said A.J. Wilhelmi, IHA President and CEO.
“The IHA Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Awards highlight innovations that can lead to better outcomes both locally and statewide,” said Helga Brake, Vice President of Quality, Safety and Health Policy, IHA. “Improving the healthcare system is a team effort, and we hope that hospitals in Illinois and elsewhere can use these patient safety initiatives as a starting point for their own quality improvement projects.”
Sue Drabing, Vice President of Provider Services at MEDS, shared, “ensuring providers and the nursing team are educated to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis is crucial in the rapid treatment and for the best possible outcome for the patient. MEDS providers are currently providing 24/7 Emergency Care and managing Inpatients at Washington County Hospital in collaboration with SSM Telehospitalists.
Sepsis is an infection that can develop quickly and rapidly worsen. It is a medical emergency that can be life threatening if left untreated. The CDC states that more than 1.5 million pe