Staff at High Point Regional Health System, High Point, NC, is being recognized as leaders in clinical quality and patient safety by VHA Inc. for their efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections, specifically MRSA.
One of only 13 hospitals in the region to be recognized by the VHA's regional office in Charlotte, High Point's rate was 0.07 or less for hospital-acquired MRSA infections per 1,000 patient days, according to officials.
"High Point Regional has demonstrated a significant commitment to patient safety through its infection-prevention efforts, which help improve the quality of care while also reducing costs," said Terri Bowersox, director of performance improvement for VHA's Central Atlantic region. "Hospitals across the nation would benefit from looking at High Point Regional's performance and mimicking their work."
Bowersox noted that essential elements for sustaining superior clinical quality levels are administrative leadership and commitment as well as a willingness by nurses and physicians to learn from best practices that are in place in other high-performing hospitals.