The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) was recently recognized for success in promoting patient safety and reduction of bloodstream infections to zero for the period January 2011 to April 2012. For the last two years, CRMC has been a participant through the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative with over 50 other Kansas hospitals in an initiative to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI's). The project, called Kansas On the CUSP: Stop BSI was a voluntary national effort to eliminate CLABSI using the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP).
Healthcare-associated infections (HAI's) are a major cause of morbidity, mortality, and excess costs in the U.S. Approximately 99,000 deaths and $40 billion in excess costs are reported each year as a result of these infections. CLABSI's have a high mortality rate, with one in four such infections resulting in death. Also costly, the infections increase hospital costs per infection approximately $53,000.
According to Tiffany Horsley, Infection Prevention Nurse at CRMC, "Preventing hospital-acquired infections is a priority for patient safety and eliminating unnecessary health care costs. We will continue to focus on maintaining zero bloodstream infections by participating in the Kansas Hospital Engagement Network (KHEN). It takes the entire team to accomplish this ambitious and important goal." Medicare now publicly reports CLABSI, and by 2014 Medicare payments will be reduced for hospitals with high rates of HAI.
At Coffeyville Regional Medical Center it is our mission to provide the highest quality healthcare. This award is very special to us as it shows recognition of the care we give at this facility.
The reason quality measures exist is so that you as the consumer can be confident that you are receiving the same care in New York City, Los Angeles, Tulsa and Coffeyville! Every hospital in the nation is held to the same measures!
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a complex way of measuring the care provided to all patients in the United States. This data is gathered by hospitals and reported to CMS for interpretation.
Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is focused on improving quality. We are among the top performer improvers in patient care scores in America. Press Ganey recognizes CRMC as achieving an improvement level matched by only thirteen other hospitals in the nation! We are honored for our commitment to quality improvement to be noticed!
Thanks for caring! - Sarah Hoy, RN, BSN (Director of Quality Improvement)
Seven years ago, Anita Williams suffered a broken neck and back from a cliff diving accident. At that time, she lived in Wichita and underwent multiple surgeries by other physicians. Still having problems, she learned about Neurosurgeon, Dr. Gery Hsu who was recommended by her son's college professor. Dr. Hsu performed another surgery that finally brought some relief.
Since that time, Anita has moved to Portageville, Missouri. Recently she returned to Wichita and decided to see Dr. Hsu because of some new problems that had developed. After learning that Dr. Hsu was now in Coffeyville, she came here to see him. Anita explained, "I now live closer to Memphis and I could have gone there, but I have so much respect for Dr. Hsu. Choosing your doctor is the most important element, and I have complete faith and trust in Dr. Hsu." During that visit, Dr. Hsu ordered a Myelogram, a special kind of X-ray, which revealed some significant problems. Anita underwent another surgery by Dr. Hsu, this time at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. "I can say a lot of good things about this hospital," said Anita. "It is smaller than the hospitals in the big cities with a very nice facility, and you get more personal care. I think Coffeyville is very lucky to have such a good hospital and a fine surgeon, Dr. Hsu. Dr. Hsu has made it possible for me to continue experiencing the things I enjoy in life."
When Duane Hull came to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center he was treated with great care by all the nurses and staff. Hull shares his experience at CRMC.
"Not all hospital CEO's come to visit their patients every day, but CRMC's CEO, Jerry Marquette, does. I have been to lots of other hospitals, but none that compare to CRMC. They give the best care and treat patients like they part of the family. This hospital is run from top to bottom with love for their patients, and when you are in the hospital you feel like you are in a big family of love. Also, after you leave the hospital, the nurses ask how you are doing when they see you out and about in the community. We ought to be thankful that we have a hospital with such excellent staff. My family thanks God for this hospital that runs with love every day. I just wanted everyone to know what an asset CRMC is to our community," said Hull.