September 30, 2016

Hospitals Improve Care, Save Millions

Florida Hospitals Improve Care and Save Millions through
Florida Hospital Association Hospital Engagement Network

Statewide Initiative Helps Hospitals Prevent 5,283 Instances of Harm and Save $29 Million in Costs
11 Hospitals Recognized at FHA Quality & Patient Safety Summit for Achievements in Improving Patient Care

Tallahassee, FL - Hospitals participating in the Florida Hospital Association's Hospital Engagement Network (FHA HEN) prevented at least 5,283 instances of patient harm while saving $28.7 million in costs, according to the latest annual results released at the FHA HEN Quality & Patient Safety Summit earlier this month.

The FHA HEN program, part of the national Partnership for Patients initiative, was created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with the goal of significantly improving health care quality nationally. FHA created its HEN in partnership with the American Hospital Association's Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), providing hospitals access to national and local educational events and a broad range of best practices and resources.

Between September 2015 and September 2016, 77 Florida hospitals worked together on efforts to improve care at the bedside, eliminate care disparities, create a culture of safety for patients and caregivers and promote appropriate use of antibiotics. Participating hospitals focused on reducing infections and falls, improving medication safety, increasing safety for mothers and babies and preventing hospital readmissions.

"Florida hospitals are learning from one another and national experts to avoid complications, improve care and reduce costs through the FHA HEN," said Bruce Rueben, FHA president. "Today's results mean better care for our patients and better value for our communities."

Three Florida hospitals were recognized at the Summit with an Award of Excellence in Reducing Harm Across the Board for their efforts to reduce patient harm by at least 40 percent and readmissions by at least 20 percent across all of the FHA HEN's focus areas. Hospitals recognized:

  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute - Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, Miami
  • DeSoto Memorial Hospital, Arcadia
  • Regional General Hospital, Williston

An additional eight hospitals received the Significant Achievement in Reducing Harm Across the Board award for achieving 40 percent reduction in harm and 20 percent reduction in readmissions in at least 80 percent of focus areas:

  • Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orlando
  • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
  • Hendry Regional Medical Center, Clewiston
  • Jackson Hospital, Marianna
  • Jay Hospital, Jay
  • Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade
  • Martin Medical Center, Stuart
  • NCH Baker Hospital, Naples

"Working together, we've been able to achieve greater and faster improvements than we could have on our own," said Mark Faulkner, FHA board chair and president/CEO of Baptist Health Care in Pensacola. "Quality care remains central to all we do, and we look forward to continuing to partner with hospitals statewide to ensure we're doing all we can to provide the best care for our patients."

During the first phase from 2012-2014, 77 participating hospitals cut the rate of patient harm in half, preventing more than 27,000 instances of harm and saving $170 million over three years.

About the Florida Hospital Association

Florida Hospital Association is comprised of 205 hospitals and health systems from across the state. Through representation and advocacy, education, and informational services, we support the mission of our members to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve.