The six grantees are: Charles Cole Memorial Hospital (Potter County), Hamot Medical Center (Erie County), Holy Spirit Hospital (Cumberland County), Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (Lehigh County), Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia County) and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Allegheny County).
"The Council is pleased that these six hospitals are stepping up to the plate, and looking at new ways to reduce hospital-acquired infections," says Marc P. Volavka, executive director of PHC4. "By analyzing the way they provide care, these hospitals can save lives and curb the extended hospital stays and additional hospital charges associated with these infections."
Expressing her congratulations, Karen Wolk Feinstein, president of JHF, states, "The groundbreaking work pioneered by Dr Rick Shannon and the staff at Allegheny General Hospital will be the model used for these projects. The work done jointly by the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative and the VA, as well as Dr Shannon, should serve as a model for collaborative, quality improvement efforts."
Last month, PHC4 released a landmark research brief, Hospital-acquired Infections in
Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to begin collecting and publicly reporting information about HAIs. Beginning in 2004, hospitals were required to start submitting data on the four types of HAIs that are also being looked at in the demonstration projects. As of January 1, 2006, hospitals will be required to submit data on all HAIS to PHC4.
Source: Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council