VHQC Honors Hospitals for Reducing Infections
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is among only seven hospitals in Maryland and Virginia to receive VHQC’s 2015 Quality Innovation Award. The award recognizes hospitals that are achieving reductions in hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and creating a culture of patient safety. All hospitals enrolled in the VHQC Maryland-Virginia HAI Improvement Network were eligible based on 2015 calendar year performance.
“Everyone who works at our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality of care for our patients and their families,” said Stephen Michaels, MD, chief operating and chief medical officer of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. “Our associates work diligently every day to reduce the possibility of infections, and I am proud that their hard work has been recognized by VHQC.”
Hospitals were evaluated using data from two sources: the Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP), developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). The top 10 percent of hospitals in each state received this award.
For nearly two years, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital has participated in the HAI Improvement Network, led by VHQC. As the Medicare Quality Innovation Network for Maryland and Virginia, VHQC convenes patients, partners, clinicians and other partners to rapidly spread best practices for improving health quality.