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HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital receives IHA Quality Excellence Achievement Award

stjosephawardPHOTO: Elizabeth Govero, center, of St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland, accepts the award for Quality Excellence Achievement in the Rural/Critical Access Hospital category from the Illinois Health and Hospital Association on Sept. 16. Govero was joined on stage by A.J. Wilhelmi, president and CEO of IHA, and Jay Bhatt, DO, chief health officer for IHA.


HIGHLAND — HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland is being recognized for its commitment to patient safety and quality with a Quality Excellence Achievement Award in the Rural/Critical Access Hospital category from the Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality.

The award was presented at IHA’s Leadership Summit and honored St. Joseph’s Hospital’s quality improvement project, “Saving Lives by Immediate Identification and Treatment of Sepsis.”

“Sepsis is a serious issue which St. Joseph’s Hospital is committed to quickly identifying and treating in order to save lives,” said Elizabeth Govero, the director of nursing and, at the time of the award, the hospital’s interim president. “Our team is using new tools and a multidisciplinary team approach to protect and treat our patients with excellent care around sepsis.”

Sepsis is the third leading cause of death in the United States, just behind heart disease and cancer; and the mortality rate for patients with severe sepsis is 40-60 percent. Because the timing of sepsis treatment is so narrow at only three hours, the early identification of sepsis is key to success for keeping patients alive. St. Joseph’s Hospital successfully achieved the goal of meeting the three-hour bundle for Sepsis treatment 100 percent of the time in fiscal year 2016. Compliance with the bundle ensures efficient and effective care, keeping patients safe from Sepsis.

“IHA’s Quality Excellence Achievement Awards recognize the outstanding work that Illinois hospitals are doing to improve patient care while reducing costs,” said A.J. Wilhelmi, president and CEO, IHA. “Equally important is that these awards celebrate hospitals’ role at the forefront of transforming the healthcare system in Illinois.”

St. Joseph’s Hospital’s project was one of 99 applications IHA received for the Quality Excellence Achievement Awards. A panel of nationally recognized quality improvement experts evaluated submissions based on achieving progress in implementing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim—enhancing the patient experience; improving population health; and reducing healthcare costs—and the Institute of Medicine’s six aims for improvement—safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable. Early next year, all entries and project summaries, including St. Joseph’s Hospital’s, will be published in the 2016 Quality Excellence Achievement Awards Compendium.

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