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Kansas hospitals recognized for patient safety achievements

More than 100 Kansas hospitals are being recognized by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) for their work in one of the largest national health care improvement initiatives ever undertaken to accelerate and sustain momentum toward improved quality and patient safety.

Since October 2016, more than 115 hospitals in Kansas have participated in the AHA/HRET Network—a patient safety initiative spearheaded by the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust (AHA/HRET) involving more than 1,600 hospitals across 34 states and U.S. territories —which has been coordinated in Kansas by KHC. The initiative was part of a contract by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to achieve CMS patient safety goals to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent.

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Kansas Healthcare Collaborative Hires Executive Director

Allison Peterson DeGroffAllison Peterson DeGroffThe Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) Board of Directors has selected Allison Peterson DeGroff as the organization’s Executive Director effective on March 20. For the last year, Ms. DeGroff has served as KHC’s Managing Senior Director. She held that position concurrently with her roles as the Director of Communications and Director of Membership for the Kansas Medical Society (KMS), one of KHC’s two founding organizations along with the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA).

“Allison has been a tireless advocate for Kansas providers for her entire career—nearly 30 years,” said Lynn Fisher, MD, Chair of the KHC board. “In fact, she was among the leadership that helped create KHC in 2008. With her breadth of experience and proven track record of work on behalf of providers across our state, Allison is well positioned to successfully lead the KHC team. As providers navigate rapidly evolving circumstances in health care delivery, KHC will continue to be a critical resource for Kansas physicians and hospitals in their efforts to maximize patient safety and health care quality.”

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KHC Update - May 2020

Patient and Family Advisor orientation video series: With feedback from many of our partners about needs and wishes for a resource that could be helpful to your Patient and Family Advisor programs, we have prepared an orientation video series. You can access the video at:
These animated videos (9-12 min. each) are designed so that your hospital can incorporate them into your PFA orientation programs. Most likely, these videos also would be worthwhile to view by your hospital staff members who also are working with PFAs.

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