Michigan hospitals celebrate 10 years of making care safer

This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

2013 marks the 10-year anniversary of the MHA Keystone Center and, more importantly, 10 years of making care safer.

In 2003, Michigan hospitals, in conjunction with the MHA, established the MHA Keystone Center to bring together hospitals, state and national patient safety experts, and evidence-based best practices to improve the safety and quality of health care. The Center is unique in its ability to bring large numbers of hospitals together in a single improvement initiative, allowing for unprecedented collaboration and expedited results.

Over the past decade, the efforts of Michigan hospitals have saved thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars; prevented infections and harm to patients; resulted in healthier newborns; improved communication and care coordination among health care providers to reduce hospital readmissions; reduced crowding and wait times in the emergency room; empowered patients to make informed health care decisions; and more.

Michigan hospitals lead the nation in innovative patient safety and quality improvement efforts. In fact, initiatives pioneered in Michigan are now being exported to other states with the support of national partners and the federal government — allowing hospitals nationwide to bring safer, higher-quality care to all. In addition, Michigan hospitals’ efforts have been adopted in Europe under the banner “Matching Michigan.”

These successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts of Michigan’s dedicated clinicians and hospitals leaders, and the voluntary contributions from MHA member hospitals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the state and federal governments. Thank you to all Michigan hospital employees for the work they do to provide safe, high-quality care to every patient, every time.

Here is a video celebrating the accomplishments of Michigan hospitals over the past decade.



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