HRRMC to participate in national quality initiative

July 20, 2012

Salida, Colorado-Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) is one of 61 Colorado hospitals to take part in a new national quality initiative, the Partnership for Patients campaign. The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) received a $1.6 million federal grant for the initiative, which is designed to improve patient care and lower costs.

The two goals of the Partnership for Patients are to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and avoidable hospital readmissions by 20 percent over the next two years. The federal funding will assist hospitals with educational costs and travel costs related to training.

"The fact that virtually every eligible Colorado hospital has chosen to participate in our Partnership for Patients work shows the importance Colorado hospitals place on continuous quality and safety improvement," said Steven Summer, CHA president and chief executive officer. "They demonstrably want to ensure that patient care quality and outcomes are at the highest possible level, and we look forward to helping Colorado hospitals achieve their goals in this area."

HRRMC will employ several nationally recognized strategies in this work, including engaging hospital management and physician leadership, sharing best-practice models, and providing cross-discipline education. The hospital will use learning networks, technical assistance and other educational resources.

"We are dedicated to providing the highest level of patient care at HRRMC," said Peg Arnett, interim vice president of nursing. "Participating in quality initiatives such as the Partnership for Patients improves the likelihood of a positive outcome for our patients."

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