MUMC Joins Federal Initiative to Make Hospitals Safer

(April 9, 2012) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) has joined with the Premier healthcare alliance to participate in the Partnership for Patients initiative. As a participant, MUMC will further improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for the patients it serves.

Partnership for Patients, established by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center), offers support to physicians, nurses, and other clinicians working in and out of hospitals. The goal is to keep patients from getting injured or sicker while in the hospital so they can heal without complications.

Specifically, participants focus on reducing preventable readmissions to hospitals by 20 percent and reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent by the end of 2013. In doing so, CMS estimates the partnership has the potential to, over the next three years:
•Save 60,000 lives
•Reduce millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient care
•Save as much as $35 billion, including up to $10 billion in savings to Medicare

"Memorial University Medical Center works hard to provide world-class treatments that are affordable for our patients. Partnership for Patients will help us in this endeavor," said Maggie Gill, MBA, president and CEO of Memorial Health.

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of hospitals and other healthcare organizations. It is the second largest of 26 Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) approved by CMS to participate in the initiative. As a HEN, Premier is helping identify the solutions already working to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions, and spread them to other hospitals and healthcare providers.

Memorial University Medical Center was recently named a 2011 Top Performing Hospital in Premier's QUEST® collaborative. In three years, 157 QUEST hospitals saved an estimated 24,820 lives and reduced healthcare spending by nearly $4.5 billion.

In total, Partnership for Patients consists of more than 6,500 partners, including hospitals, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealth, twitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.