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Published on July 23, 2018

Avera Hospitals Receive Awards for Excellence in Patient Safety

Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, S.D. and Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D., were recognized by Premier Inc. for demonstrated excellence in performance across 13 patient safety adverse event areas of focus, as part of their participation in Premier’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) program.

The two Avera facilities were among 27 U.S. hospitals recognized.

The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) continues the work of the Partnership for Patients program, and 500 U.S. hospitals and health systems work with Premier Inc. in efforts to decrease preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.

Facilities that take part in the program receive training and education programs, including on-site hospital visits, simulations and face-to-face national meetings. They also receive technical support to achieve programs goals and take part in and contribute to an online database of safety tools and resources. The national and regional best practice sharing forums allow for facilities to benchmark data and measure quality improvement goals.

Leaders from both facilities were recognized during Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition.

“Our commitment to reliably deliver the best care experience with safety as our priority is behind this honor,” said Tad Jacobs, DO. “As we continue to focus on patient safety, awards of this sort remind us of the 24/7 nature of our work, and the tools we can use to keep our focus where it belongs: on the patient’s well-being.”

In the fall of 2016, Premier was named as one of 16 Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs) to continue the work of the national Partnership for Patients initiative and the success of its Hospital Engagement Network (HEN.) The Premier HIIN has a large national footprint and is currently working collaboratively with more than 465 hospitals and health systems across 40 states in an iterative journey to improve the delivery of safe, reliable care for every patient, every time.

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