TMC’s Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score moves up to a B.

HSSThe Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit representing large employers and other health care purchasers, released its fall hospital safety scores on Tuesday. Tucson Medical Center was among only two Tucson hospitals to receive an upgraded score, moving from a C to a B.

This Hospital Safety Score rates some 2,600 U.S. hospitals on 28 measures that include patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. The scores are derived from public data and from a voluntary hospital survey that TMC completes each year.

TMC’s improvement can be attributed to the work to standardize processes across the organization, implementation of everyday improvements and focus on culture change. ThToweris progress can also be seen by TMC’s recent accreditation by The Joint Commission.

“This B grade represents steady incremental quality improvement over the last 4 years. We still have great opportunity to improve.  We will go forward with renewed energy to employ Lean as our process improvement tool and work with staff to make TMC the best option for high quality care in Tucson,”said Judy Rich, President and CEO, Tucson Medical Center.

TMC owes that to the patients and the community it serves.


TMC Meeting Transitions of Care Measure for Meaningful Use

Tucson Medical Center attested in July 2014 for Stage 2 of meaningful use of its electronic medical record, one of 75 hospital to hit this milestone at the time and one of 200 by Sept. 30, the end of the federal fiscal year. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology asked the hospital to discuss in a video how it hit the target for transitions of care, one of the more difficult measures facing hospitals nationwide.

This blog is one in a series as part of an Oct. 22 celebration at Tucson Medical Center for successfully attesting to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements of its electronic medical record. This success was a great and collaborative effort across many areas of the hospital. It represents another milestone achieved toward improved patient care and safety.

Clinical Quality Day highlights focus, dedication to patient care

Tucson Medical Center’s Marshall Conference Center was bustling Thursday with activity from the fourth annual Clinical Quality Days. Each of the 29 poster presentations on display represented a different clinical area, and highlighted the great effort and dedication that goes toward improving the lives of patients.

“It’s an amazing event that has grown from a few lone posters to an unbelievable (and competitive!) display of little known facts around clinical quality at TMC!” said Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Office Linda Wojtowicz.

Wojtowitz along with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jason Krupp, Chief Nursing Officer Cheryl Young, Infection Control Director Sandi Baus had the honor of viewing all the presentations and making a number of awards listed below.

“Quality” award for best use of the performance improvement process with an improved outcome
Winners (tie):  Case Management – Building Bridges from Hospital to Home
NICU – Building Better Babies
Runners Up:     Peds/ PICU – Asthma Initiative
Unit 500 – Unit/Hospitalist Throughput and Patient Satisfaction

“Best Visual Presentation” for tying in the theme with the visual presentation
Winner:            Hospice – Building a Veteran – Centric Culture
Runners Up:    Pain Collaborative – Improving HCAHPS scores related to pain
Respiratory Therapy – The Building Blocks of Asthma Education

“Judges Choice” award for incorporating one or more of the TMC values into the quality improvement project with a positive patient outcome
Winners (tie):  ED – MRSA Screening
Unit 650/750 – Extreme Makeover – Patient Edition
Runner Up:       Ped/ PICU – Asthma Initiative

“Best Informational” award for a poster presentation based on a quality intervention such as an educational aspect or new process implementation without data.
Winner:            WOC – MIST Therapy
Runners Up:   ACCU – Progressive Mobility
Outpatient Procedures – Here’s lookin’ at you Kid(ney)

Pharmacy was awarded the “Quintessential Quality” award for the overall quality presentation data-driven, informational, visual presentation.

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