The New Jersey Hospital Association announced that St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center has achieved Mentor Status for its work in the Partnership for Patients – New Jersey initiative. Mentor status means that St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center received the highest score in one or more of the healthcare-acquired conditions being measured by Partnership for Patients – New Jersey.
“St. Joseph’s Healthcare System has established, and proudly maintains, a high standard for the quality and safety of our patient-centered care,” said William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. “Our commitment to healthcare service excellence is underscored by our successes - and leadership - in programs such as the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Partnership for Patients-NJ,” he added.
NJHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey was selected by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in December 2011 to bring the Partnership for Patients initiative to New Jersey hospitals as part of a “hospital engagement network,” or HEN. Sixty-three of the state’s 72 acute care facilities joined NJHA’s HEN. NJHA’s effort was among 26 HENs established nationwide.
Statewide, Partnership for Patients-New Jersey participants averted 9,206 adverse patient events in 2013 and saved up to $125 million in healthcare costs. In the project’s first year, adverse drug events dropped by 50 percent; surgical site infections decreased by 59 percent; and the incidence of pressure ulcers was reduced by 43 percent. Of the 10 healthcare-acquired conditions being tracked, each area has posted a decrease since the beginning of the Partnership for Patients initiative.
For patients, this work has resulted in healthcare that is safer, more efficient and ultimately more affordable. Based on this work, and reflected in the data, patients in a New Jersey hospital today are less likely to develop a post-surgical infection; experience an adverse event from improper medication or a fall; get pneumonia, a urinary tract infection or a bloodstream infection while hospitalized; or develop a pressure ulcer.
To learn more about St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center’s role in New Jersey’s initiative, please visit www.njha.com/pfp.
Nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867, is a leading not-for-profit tertiary medical center and major academic institution located in Northern New Jersey. An integrated comprehensive healthcare organization, St. Joseph’s prides itself on providing sophisticated healthcare with a ‘patients first’ approach to service excellence. To learn more, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).