Top 3 healthcare institutions for most lives saved named


The Patient Safety Movement Foundation has revealed the top three healthcare institutions that demonstrated the most lives saved through their commitments to ZERO preventable deaths by 2020.

One representative with a guest from each of these organizations will join former President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn for a private fishing trip at the Brigadoon Lodge in North Georgia Mountains. The trip will take place September 18-19, 2015.

The winners will also be honored at the fourth-annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, January 22-23, 2016 at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, Dana Point, California.

Joe Kiani, founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, said: “We are very proud of Hospital Quality Institute, Intermountain Healthcare, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

“This will be the trip of a lifetime for our winners, but more importantly a chance for the patients who have been saved by the efforts of these hospitals to eradicate preventable deaths to have many more years with their friends and families.

“We have the opportunity and responsibility to lead the way in eradicating preventable deaths. I still remember vividly sharing this issue with President Carter. The enormity of the patient safety crisis in the Unites States and around the world caused him to pause and then without the slightest hesitation he said that he wanted to help the effort. 

“This competition and President Carter’s unwavering support has helped us take the race to save lives to the next level. Every one of the 400 hospitals that entered this competition is a winner, especially their patients.”

Julie Morath, president and chief executive officer of the Hospital Quality Institute, said: “We are honored to accept this award and are very proud of our California hospitals.

“Our Institute was established to accelerate the rate of improvement in patient safety and quality statewide. In a relatively short amount of time, our three commitments to the Patient Safety Movement Foundation have saved over 5,000 lives so far. We are very excited to meet former President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn and discuss the work we are doing in this area. This will be one fishing trip we will never forget.”

Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) led the way of the winners, with 5,019 lives saved through three commitments. The non-profit organization was established in 2013 to realize the statewide impact of improving patient safety and quality for all Californians, to accelerate the rate of improvement, and to advance California as a national leader in quality performance.

HQI represents more than 400 hospitals in California. Its commitment was made to eliminate preventable harm to hospitalized patients, reduce death from sepsis, and eliminate preventable mortality and morbidity in maternity care.

Intermountain Healthcare saved 322 lives by reducing adverse drug events (ADEs). Its goal was to reduce ADEs by 7 percent, through its efforts in 2015, however these were reduced by 10 percent.

 The organization is a not-for-profit health system based in Salt Lake City, with more than 34,000 employees. Serving the needs of Utah and Idaho residents, Intermountain’s system of 22 hospitals, physicians, clinics, and health plans, provides clinically excellent medical care at sustainable costs.

In addition to its commitment to reduce ADEs, the organization has made commitments to reduce central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) and catheter associated urinary traction infections (CAUTI).

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center saved 137 lives through multiple commitments to the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. It is a non-profit health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The organisation is inventing new models of accountable, cost-effective, patient-centered care. UPMC operates more than 20 academic, community and specialty hospitals, more than 500 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, employs in excess of 3,500 physicians, and offers an array of rehabilitation, retirement and long-term facilities.

 Its commitments cover four areas of patient safety: eliminating surgical site infections, CLABSI, reducing failed transitions and patient blood management programs.

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation, Joe Kiani, Hospital Quality Institute, Intermountain Healthcare, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, US