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JPMC Again Top 100 in Patient Safety

Jane Phillips Medical Center remains among the top 100 hospitals in the nation for patient safety. According to an annual benchmarks study by Truven Health Analytics, JPMC is ranked in the top 10 percent of medium community hospitals for adherence to patient safety standards.

“By being among the leaders in patient safety, JPMC is more closely following accepted care standards and doing a better job avoiding adverse events such as falls, medication errors, and surgical complications,” said JPMC Chief Medical Officer and practicing pediatrician Dr. Paul McQuillen.

The report also indicates that JPMC not only has a solid safety performance, but it also achieved solid scores in eight other measurements such as complications, core measures, and length of stay. The high scores for all nine measurements place JPMC in the top 20 percent of medium community hospitals.

“We are extremely proud of this accomplishment,” McQuillen said. “We are committed to delivering quality care and patient safety is an integral part of our focus.”

For over a decade, JPMC has developed a number of strategies to improve performance. These “best practices” were developed by a team consisting of physicians, administrators, nurse managers, pharmacists, educators, case managers, and quality improvement associates.

 JPMC was a national leader in launching a bar code medication administration system designed to match the correct patient with the correct medication and method of delivery. Due to that success, the manufacturer selected JPMC to help develop an enhanced version of its handheld device. JPMC was the first hospital in Oklahoma and one of a handful across the United States to begin using a system allowing hospital-based pharmacists to cross reference patients’ health information with the medication patients are receiving to help ensure safe and accurate medication administration. And for several years the hospital has participated in the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP)—a national performance measurement initiative.

 “Our scores are a direct result of the professional, compassionate care delivered every day by our associates,” said David R. Stire, JPMC President/COO. “Our leadership team and medical staff have been staunch proponents of medical quality long before studies, measures, and benchmarks.”

 Formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, Truven Health Analytics objectively measures the quality provided by hospitals and assesses clinical performance so hospital leaders can better understand where they stand relative to the progress of others. For the past 30 years, Truven has provided unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks, and services to the healthcare industry as well as government agencies, employers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

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