4 Illinois hospitals awarded for improving patient care, safety

Kevin HoffmanReboot Illinois

September 21, 2016

Four Illinois hospitals have been recognized for their work in improving patient care and safety while reducing healthcare costs.

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s sixth annual “Quality Excellence Achievement Awards” were bestowed to hospitals in four key categories: healthcare system, rural/critical access hospital, urban hospital and the Tim Philipp Award for Excellence in palliative care.

By implementing innovative, quality improvement initiatives, these hospitals have been able to more quickly identify and treat patients with sepsis, reduce palliative care readmissions, improve care for patients with hypertension and reduce the amount of time patients with chest pain spend in emergency rooms.

Jay Bhatt, chief health officer at the association’s Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality, said in a press release the awards represent an opportunity for these best practices to be shared with hospitals throughout the state.

In all, 54 hospitals and health systems from across Illinois submitted 99 applications for consideration. Here are the four hospitals that received the honors.

Note: Descriptions are from an IHA press release. 

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Healthcare System Category

HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital - Breese

Through a series of quality improvement initiatives, the number of clinic hypertension patients who had their blood pressure adequately controlled increased from 65 percent to 82.8 percent.

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Rural/Critical Access Hospital Category

HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital - Highland

Using new tools and a multidisciplinary team approach, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital was able to more quickly identify and treat sepsis in order to save lives.

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Urban Hospital Category

Memorial Medical Center - Springfield

By using heart scores to stratify patients and decreasing time between repeat lab draws from four hours to three, Memorial Medical Center succeeded in reducing Chest Pain Center patients’ length of stay from 14.6 to 8.8 hours on average.

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Tim Philipp Award for Excellence in Palliative Care

Memorial Medical Center - Springfield

By improving its process for ensuring patients receive timely palliative care consultations, Memorial Medical Center was able to provide more efficient and patient-centered services, leading to shortened lengths of stay on average and an 80 percent reduction in hospital readmissions.

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