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University of Louisville Hospital Receives Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award
Louisville, Ky. (May 13, 2013)—University of Louisville Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) Quality Award. The facility was recognized at the organization’s annual meeting, which was held on May 11.
The hospital was selected among facilities with 250+ beds, and was chosen based on a program implemented in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MCIU) to reduce the number of infections and pneumonia related to a central line or ventilator. Through the use of educational campaigns, staff meetings, in-services, checklists and changes to the patient care provided, the facility has seen sustained infection prevention since its implementation in 2009.
“We’re honored to be recognized for our efforts in utilizing best practices to provide top-notch patient care,” said Ken Marshall, interim president, University of Louisville Hospital. “We’re focused on providing our staff members with the tools they need to ensure quality care and patient safety throughout the facility.”
The multi-departmental study was highlighted in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine on November 15, 2012. The effectiveness of the evidence-based practices in the on-going study was measured by statistical data. The study was a collaboration between the division of pulmonary, critical care, sleep medicine, the department of internal medicine, the division of infectious disease and the department of nursing at University of Louisville Hospital.
The Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award is presented to honor hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety, and commitment in patient care. The goal is to raise awareness of the need for an organization-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, patient-centered care and reward successful efforts to develop and promote improvements in quality of care.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 3,100 licensed beds.