DCMH Receives High Marks for Patient Safety

By May 1, 2015Health Care

“Delta County Memorial Hospital has done a consistent job of offering safe, quality medical care for the past 100 years in Delta County. We are continuing to work hard to improve the quality of care and patient safety at this community hospital each and every year in many ways,” stated CEO Jason Cleckler.

One significant symbol of safe, quality medical care is to compare the surgical infection rates at different hospitals. At Delta County Memorial Hospital we have lowered our infection rate again this year to a record 0.19 percent. In comparison, the national surgical infection rate is estimated at 2.5 percent and the range nationally is from 3-5 percent.

Another important way that Delta County Memorial Hospital demonstrates patient safety is through the feedback received from hospital inspections performed by national inspection teams from DNV, Colorado Department of Health and Environment and other accrediting agencies. Overall comments such as: “This hospital is a model for other hospitals,” and statements regarding the overall cleanliness of the hospital provide positive feedback. Any comments from hospital inspections on ways to improve are taken seriously and often times have been implemented before the inspection team leaves the hospital.

“Various inspectors and surveyors over the years have always commented on the friendly and helpful attitude of the hospital staff. This hospital’s staff has a sense of pride in their hospital and commitment to their community which contributes to their dedication in providing safe quality care,” commented Ramona Frazier, RN, Quality Assurance Coordinator for DCMH.

DCMH’s Laboratory and Trauma IV Program in the Emergency Department have received very positive feedback from accrediting agencies making spontaneous inspections during the past year. According to Jeanine Finnell, RN – the hospital’s Quality Director, “Delta County Memorial Hospital has implemented several nationally recognized patient safety programs over the past three or four years including Hand Hygiene, Central Line Associated Infection Prevention Program, Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention, Ventilator Associated Events Prevention Program, Falls Prevention Program, Healthcare Worker Influenza Immunization, as well as our Surgical Care Improvement Program”.

In late April 2015 Delta County Memorial Hospital was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national non-profit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score. The A, B, C, D, or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals is based upon preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was completed under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to make informed decisions about where they want to go for safe and quality healthcare.

“Delta County Memorial Hospital is very proud of being awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group. The safety score demonstrates our level of commitment and service to our patients and Delta County families,” stated CEO Jason Clecker.

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