KHC News

Critical Access Hospital featured in State Snapshot Report to HRET

OB team picCheyenne County Hospital, St. Francis, was selected as the "spotlight hospital" by the KHC in its State Snapshot report to the Hospital Research and Educational Trust (HRET) regarding the Hospital Engagement Network activities in Kansas. The report was submitted in October.

Cheyenne County Hospital was recognized in the report for successfully implementing a hard-stop policy that reduced the number and percentage of babies delivered prior to 39 weeks gestation, resulting in significant improvement in newborn outcomes. CCH is a 16-bed critical access hospital located in St. Francis (pop. 1,329) in northwest Kansas with the nearest NICU 180 miles away. Its obstetrics unit opened in 2007 and delivers between 20-30 babies annually. Hospital staff recognized increased complications in late-term infants delivered prior to 39 weeks (inductions/c-sections).

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Jackie John recognized for Leadership in Quality

Jacqueline John Kendra Tinsley

Jacqueline John, Chair of the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative Board of Directors, received the first KHC Leadership in Quality Award. She received the award during the 2012 Summit on Quality, October 19, in Wichita. The award was presented by Kendra Tinsley, Executive Director of the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative.

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Leading culture change through CUSP

SMMCThe SMMC team: (l-r) Lori Swope, Leslie Smith, Laura Badjalimbe, Stacy Steiner, and Wendi Davies.Recognizing communication as a global unit system failure led to a culture shift in the Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) ICU and resulted in 600 days (and counting) without a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI). SMMC is a 508-bed facility in Shawnee Mission that admitted 20,520 patients in 2011.

According to SMMC Infection Prevention and Control Manager Lori Swope, RN, BSN, MHA, CIC, the team applied the principles of the national patient safety program, Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to discover system failures, opportunities for improvement, and implement actions to prevent harm. The team implemented the effort in May, 2011, celebrated when they surpassed the 500-day mark in August of 2012, and participated in a facility-wide celebration on Dec. 10, just one day after they hit the 600-day mark.

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