By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 29, 2019 2:26 PM

KHA Team Receiving the AHA AwardLast week, KHA was honored with the American Hospital Association's Center for Health Innovation Performance Improvement Award during the 2019 AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The award recognized KHA's Kentucky Hospital Innovation and Improvement Network (K-HIIN) team for their great work assisting member hospitals with quality improvement.

This is a huge honor for K-HIIN and the endeavors of all the participating Kentucky hospitals who work tirelessly to provide the best quality care for all Kentuckians!

Accepting the award (pictured above) were K-HIIN Pharmacy Consultant Emily Henderson, PharmD,  and KHA Director of Data Collection and Training Melanie Moch, CPC.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 24, 2018 9:03 AM
KAHQ Award PresentationThe Kentucky Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (K-HIIN) was honored on Friday with the 2018 Team Achievement Award by the Kentucky Association for Healthcare Quality (KAHQ). The KAHQ Executive Committee noted K-HIIN's multiple projects with hospitals to increase quality care along with, "the results obtained throughout the state are quite impressive" as reasons for the award.

K-HIIN is the latest in a multitude of quality and patient safety projects KHA has coordinated and participated in over the years. The hard work of participating hospitals in this project has resulted in progress in several areas, including Adverse Drug Events – Excessive Anticoagulation, CAUTI, CLABSI, Falls, Stage 3 and 4 Pressure Injuries, and Ventilator-Associated Events.

The K-HIIN team is grateful to KAHQ for this recognition of the dedication they and...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 9:53 AM
As part of the HRET Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), hospital quality, patient safety and clinical leaders are offered the opportunity to participate in the “Foundations for Change” and the “Accelerating Improvement” Fellowships.

These Fellowships are a partnership between HRET, the state hospital association, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and were conducted from January through July of this year. The Fellowships consisted of interactive webinars and online courses on key topics in quality improvement and patient safety, designed to build capacity and “bench strength” in Kentucky to drive ongoing reduction in health care-associated harm.

KHA salutes the new Kentucky Fellows from the following hospitals successfully completed the Fellowships:

Baptist Health Madisonville (Angela Giffin-Walls) Bourbon Community Hospital (Johnya Earlywine) Clark Regional Medical Center (Angie Leach, Deanna Wells, Kelly Stratton, ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:56 AM
Sts Mary and Elizabeth Team Receives Patient Safety Hero Awards

KHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Brooke Roberts, Joshua Veilleux, Sam Gabbert and Sonya Downs at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital as Patient Safety Hero Awardees. All were nominated by Twinetta Nusz, program manager of patient safety, for their efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital. Congratulations to all of the awardees and the entire team at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital for all of their patient safety successes.  

Roberts Receives Patient Safety Hero AwardTo nominate a member of your hospital's team, please visit the K-HIIN Patent Safety...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 8:12 AM
Tim Trottier Receives Patient Safety Award

KHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Tim Trottier, chief executive officer of Spring View Hospital, as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee.  Trottier was nominated by Linda Hunter, the facility's chief nursing officer, for his efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital. According to Hunter, Trottier was instrumental in helping Spring View improve quality, safety and satisfaction within the hospital. His achievements include improved patient, physician and employee satisfaction and decreased patient harms. 

To demonstrate his commitment to quality and patient safety he became a “Certified Professional in Patient Safety” CPPS. He most recently engaged a Patient Family Advisory Board (PFAB) that will lead the hospital’s mission to “Make Communities Healthier.”

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:17 AM

TeamSTEPPS Meeting

This week, KHA and the K-HIIN team are conducting a two-day TeamSTEPPS program at Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester. Twenty-seven hospital employees from Clark Regional Medical Center and Bourbon Community Hospital are attending the program. TeamSTEPPS is a program of teamwork tools aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. 

If you are interested in learning more about TeamSTEPPS or if you are interested in hosting a program in your facility, please contact Donna Meador at KHA (dmeador@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 9:26 AM
Griffith Receives Patient Safety Hero Award

KHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Amy Griffith, RN, from Rockcastle Regional Hospital as the newest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Griffith was nominated by Tammy Brock, the hospital's quality/patient safety director, for her efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital. Brock noted that Griffith has taken the lead role in reducing readmissions in the organization and discharge phone calls are a huge part of that. 

Griffith was instrumental in instituting a new discharge call system, training and implementing the system, analyzing the data from the system and more. Griffith discovered the hospital's patients did not understand the medication sheet that was sent home with them, so she worked to create a better discharge medication sheet. She has taken over the role as a "care manager" and makes sure the discharged patients have everything they need to be successful at home. In one instance, a wife could not get her husband to his follow-up doctor's appointment, so Griffith worked with the doctor's office and the office's nurse practitioner was able to make a home visit.  

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:21 AM
Donna Davis Receives Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and the Kentucky Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (K-HIIN) recently recognized Donna Davis, chief nursing officer at Georgetown Community Hospital with a Patient Safety Hero. Davis was nominated by Georgetown's CEO William Haugh for her efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital. 

Per Haugh, Davis was the first CNO within LifePoint Health to become a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) by the National Patient Safety Board. In 2016, she led way for Georgetown Community Hospital to reduce the overall HEN HAC rate to 3.719 per 1,000 patient days, which was a 35% reduction from 2015. She also lead the organization to an overall readmission rate of 4.1% in 2016, which is below the national average and the 2015 GCH rate of 5.5%. Finally,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:04 PM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Research and Educational Trust (HRET) set regular milestones for HIIN programs around the country. The latest milestone required 70 percent of the hospitals participating in K-HIIN to submit data on all applicable topic areas for the time period of October 2016 through February 2017. K-HIIN hospitals went above and beyond the goal, as 94 percent of the participating hospitals met their milestone in all applicable areas.

K-HIIN received additional funding for meeting this pre-set milestone, which will be passed on to all the participating hospitals who met their individual milestones. It is because of the hard work and dedication of the hospitals that K-HIIN continues to receive this funding to improve patient care and quality in Kentucky.

Hospitals meeting milestones 1-3 will receive their funding this week.

If you have any question about K-HIIIN and other quality programs at KHA, please contact Donna Meador at KHA ( dmeador@kyha.com)....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 7:59 AM
The K-HIIN Kick-Off Meeting will provide insight into how the Kentucky Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (K-HIIN) will use the successes of the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) to launch the next phase of this national initiative for quality and outcomes improvement in hospitals. Attendees will learn about the goals and requirements of the HIIN and how the innovations, virtual learning opportunities and hospital-level techniques of the program will take your improvement work to the next level.

View the brochure for agenda details, and register online today to reserve your seat for this important meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Perkins at KHA (sperkins@kyha.com).

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