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AMMC Receives Clinical Awards from VHA 2013

Shay Willis January 6, 2014

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center is pleased to announce it has been recognized for outstanding clinical performance by VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas, one of 13 regions that comprise VHA Inc., the national healthcare network. The awards celebrate AMMC’s achievements in:

·         Core clinical processes of care for heart attack, pneumonia, heart failure and surgical infection prevention

·         Infection prevention for hospitalized patients, including pneumonia in artificially ventilated ICU patients, intravenous catheter-associated blood stream infections and urinary infections in patients with bladder catheters

·         Emergency department care

Arkansas Methodist is one of 27 hospitals in the region recognized for clinical performance. AMMC received a 2013 Regional Clinical Award for Clinical Improvement (Acute MI). VHA OK/AR gives these awards to hospitals that demonstrate outstanding performance related to the treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and prevention of surgical site infections. VHA OK/AR tracked performance data from Q3 2011 through Q2 2012 and recognized hospitals either for improvement over baseline or an outstanding level of compliance with evidence-based guidelines.

The hospital also received a 2013 Regional Patient Safety Award for Clinical Excellence in prevention of complications associated with catheter-associated blood stream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia. The award recognizes hospitals that have either significantly reduced or eliminated infections in patients requiring artificial ventilation, received treatment through central line catheters, or in patients with indwelling urinary catheters during their hospital stay. These awards are based on hospital performance during the full 12 months of 2012.

The Emergency Department Improvement Award recognized hospitals that have decreased the number or percentage of patients who left the ER before being seen (LWBS) or have improved the overall length of stay (LOS) while in the ER. AMMC received a High Performance award which was given to emergency departments that maintained a level of performance equal to or better than the CDC national benchmarks for these metrics. These awards are based on the full 12 months of emergency department operational data for 2012.

“VHA works with dozens of hospitals across Oklahoma and Arkansas, and our mission is to help them achieve clinical, operational and financial improvements,” said Donna McNutt, RN, senior director of performance improvement for the VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas region. “We provide hospitals with web-based tools that enable them to assess their current performance, clinical blueprints that guide them to examples of better performance, and regional collaborative that enable them to network with each other to accelerate the pace of improvement. Public expectations, payer demands and government mandates are pushing hospitals to provide better care. By recognizing high-performing hospitals with clinical quality awards, we hope to demonstrate that hospitals can overcome the obstacles that often stand in the way of achieving excellence.”

VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit healthcare organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Since 1977, VHA has leveraged its expertise in analytics, contracting, consulting and networks to help members achieve their operational, clinical, and financial objectives. In 2011, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.9 billion to members. VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 72,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through 13 regional offices.