October 19: Fourth Annual Summit on Quality

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On Friday, October 19, the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC), joined by founding partners, the Kansas Medical Society and Kansas Hospital Association, will host the Fourth Annual Summit on Quality at the Wichita Marriott.

This educational and inspiring one-day program features two distinguished keynote speakers and showcases six successful Kansas-based quality improvement and patient safety programs in breakout sessions.

Recognized for engaging and energizing participants in their efforts to drive enhanced quality and patient safety at the point-of-care, this year's keynote speakers include:

David Nash, MD, is credited with founding the original Office of Health Policy, which evolved into one of the first Departments of Health Policy in an American medical college, now known as the Jefferson School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Nash is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development, and quality-of-care improvement. He will speak on: Leadership for Quality and Safety.

David Maxfield is widely recognized for his research initiatives that identify solutions to managerial, cultural, and operational inefficiencies that directly affect the bottom line of an organization. He has extensive academic and corporate experience, and leads VitalSmarts, an innovative corporate training company that teaches results-oriented skills. He will speak on: Influence: The Power to Change Anything.

Breakout sessions will deliver valuable information from professionals on the frontlines of Kansas healthcare. Sessions include:

  • Surviving Sepsis in Kansas: The Kansas Sepsis Project
  • Pulmonary Care Continuum: Hospital to Community
  • Reduce, Improve, and Enhance with Project RED
  • Hospital Readmission Prevention Program: A Community Collaborative Approach
  • Huddle in the Zone
  • Educate, Empower, Engage – A Panel

In addition the Summit offers a poster session for providers to share their best practices in patient care and, new to the Summit, is a small exhibitors' area.

The KHC Summit on Quality is a unique one-day educational and networking event for Kansas medical professionals. A Summit brochure and registration form is available at www.khconline.org.

Kansas HEN: broad participation, moving in high gear

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KHC and its founding organizations, the Kansas Medical Society (KMS) and Kansas Hospital Association (KHA), officially launched the Kansas Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) on June 14. Sheri Winsper, MSN, MSHA, vice president clinical quality for Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), American Hospital Association, delivered the keynote address setting the stage for the fast-paced project. Overall the HEN goals are to reduce preventable hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent and to reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent by December, 2013.

Ninety-one Kansas hospitals have committed to quality improvement in one or more of the focus areas. KHC began collecting data in August. Change packages, processes, and measurement strategies for each of the 10 focus areas have been developed and are being deployed through webinars, open office hours, the National Improvement Leader Fellowship program, and the Kansas Improvement Leader Fellowship training.

In the Kansas HEN, focus areas have been identified as Phase 1 or Phase 2 initiatives. Phase 1 includes the areas of CAUTI, CLABSI, Falls, Obstetrics, Pressure ulcers and Preventable readmissions. Phase 2 includes the focus areas of Adverse drug events, Surgical site infections, Venous thromboembolism, and Ventilator associated pneumonia. For more information, visit www.khconline.org.

Kansas Improvement Leader Fellowship

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Registration is now open for Session 2 of the Kansas Improvement Leader Fellowship training. Members of Kansas hospital quality improvement teams (of all disciplines) working to improve quality and safety within their hospitals are encouraged to attend. More than 140 individuals from across Kansas participated in Session 1. New attendees are welcome. Attendance at Session 1 is not a prerequisite for attending Session 2.

The training sessions are offered at no cost by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and are modeled after the national Improvement Leader Fellowship sponsored by the American Hospital Association and the Hospital Research and Educational Trust. Dates and locations include:

Session 2:

The goal is to build skills and capacity for quality and patient safety improvement within each hospital and collectively across the state. Each session is a full day, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m. Snacks and lunch will be provided for all registrants. Register online at khconline.org, Events.


Project reduces infection by 40 percent

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A four-year, 44-state patient safety project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced preliminary results of 40 percent reduction in the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units. This is the largest, national effort to combat CLABSIs to date. The project used the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to achieve its landmark results that include preventing more than 2,000 CLABSIs, saving more than 500 lives and avoiding more than $34 million in health care costs.

Hospital teams at more than 1,100 adult intensive care units (ICUs) participated in the project. Kansas had 34 hospitals participate in the project with a 79 percent reduction reported between fourth quarter2010 to first quarter 2012. National preliminary findings indicate that participating hospitals reduced the rate of CLABSIs nationally from 1.903 infections per 1,000 central line days to 1.137 infections per 1,000 line days, an overall reduction of 40 percent.

The agency and key project partners from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and Johns Hopkins Medicine released the findings at the AHRQ annual conference on September 10, and introduced the CUSP toolkit that helped hospitals accomplish this marked reduction.

"CUSP shows us that with the right tools and resources, safety problems like these deadly infections can be prevented," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "This project gives us a framework for taking research to scale in practical ways that help front-line clinicians provide the safest care possible for their patients." The CUSP toolkit can be found at: www.ahrq.gov/cusptoolkit/

Letters of appreciation were distributed from the American Hospital Association and the Johns Hopkins University Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Two join KHC board

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Lora Key, Chief Executive Officer of Sabetha Community Hospital joined the KHC Board of Directors in June. Key joined the Sabetha hospital purchasing department staff in 1980, moving into administration and human resources before being named CEO in 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Friends University, Wichita, Ks.





Perkins SteveIn September, Steve Perkins was named to the KHC Board. Perkins, an Emporia native and former administrator at clinics and hospitals in Kansas and Colorado, joined the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City as CEO in April, 2010. Perkins is a graduate of The University of Kansas where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration.

KHC adds new staff member

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KHC expanded its staff in June with the addition of Eric Cook-Wiens, Epidemiologist. Cook-Wiens received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree from Bethel College, North Newton, Ks. His work history includes research for the Department of Molecular Medicine and Genetics at the University of Michigan as well as the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). He most recently worked as an Advanced Epidemiologist for the Kansas Diabetes Prevention Program and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention programs with KDHE.

KU achieves national cancer designation

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Early in July at the Robert E. Hemenway Life Sciences Innovation Center on the campus of the University of Kansas Medical Center the announcement was formally made. After more than seven years, it was official -- The University of Kansas is the 67th federally designated cancer center through the National Cancer Institute. Political and university leaders hailed the event as transformational for the state and region.

In the future, cancer patients will have access to treatments and clinical trials only available at NCI-designated centers. The designation promises significant regional economic development and increased federal funding for cancer-fighting research will be a boon to the state and local economy. The designation also comes with a multiyear grant with first-year funding of approximately $1.4 million, according to KU officials.

As an internationally recognized center of excellence for cancer research and clinical care, KU will build on areas in which it has strength, including breast, prostate and head/neck cancers along with bone marrow transplants.

In a 2011 report, the cancer center estimated that its pursuit of the NCI designation had created 1,123 jobs and had a regional economic impact of about $435 million since 2006. According to a report prepared six years ago for the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., the cancer center designation could generate as much as $1.3 billion annually for a region that includes all of Kansas and 59 counties in western Missouri.

The NCI designation will also provide science jobs and educational opportunities for residents who have had to go elsewhere in the past.