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Thompson Hospital recently joined a groundbreaking national project, through the New York State Partnership for Patients.

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is behind the Partnership, which is part of a movement across the country to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and preventable re-admissions by 20 percent. As part of the partnership, Thompson will work with more than 170 other hospitals across New York to enhance organizational capacity for quality improvement (QI) while simultaneously working on a series of patient safety and QI initiatives.

The Partnership for Patients focuses on five core clinical domains:

·         Building Culture and Leadership

·         Nursing-Centered Initiatives

·         Infection Prevention

·         Preventable Re-admissions

·         Obstetrical Safety

Thompson Director of Quality and Safety Kiera Champlin-Kuhn says each of these domains reflect Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ initiatives calling for a substantial portion of hospital reimbursement to be tied directly to safety and other measures of the quality of care they deliver.

“What’s great is that these five goals also align with Thompson’s five existing strategic aims,” she says, adding, “The value to Thompson in joining the NYS Partnership for Patients is that it facilitates collaboration with many other hospitals, giving us an edge in identifying innovative ideas that will improve our patient care.”

For more information about the Partnership, visit www.nyspfp.org.

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