Hospital leaders from Wellmont Health System, Adventist Health System and Novant Health have teamed together to form the Safest Hospital Initiative, a program that aims to build on existing quality measures and parlay them into defined best practices of patient care.
In Washington today, executives from the three hospital systems said that they would create a template that defines the characteristics of a safe hospital and then implement key practices that lead to the best possible patient-care outcomes.
Richard Salluzzo, president and chief executive officer of Wellmont and the initiatives founder, said that the program would center on the everyday caregivers who are the catalysts for bedside care. The front-line staff isnt empowered to fix problems, he said, adding that normal protocol in todays hospitals is a tangled mess that often forces nurses and others to go to a much higher level to fix a problem. We want to create an infrastructure for staff to pull us to greatness, rather than having us push, he said.
Salluzzo, who ranked No. 6 on this year's Modern Healthcare/Modern Physicians list of 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives, said that improvements would be recognized almost immediately, even though the alliance has set a two-year period to fully refine core processes that eventually narrow the performance gap.
Together, the three hospital systems represent more than 56 mostly Atlantic region hospitals and collectively account for $11 billion in revenue. -- by Matthew DoBias