MHA Keystone Center Celebrates 15-year Anniversary

Posted on January 04, 2018

Celebrating 15 years of safe careThe MHA Keystone Center will achieve a significant milestone this year: its 15th anniversary.

In 2003, a statewide quality collaborative was born through the innovative leadership and foresight of the MHA Board of Trustees. The MHA Keystone Center was founded as a result of a two-year federal grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality to improve care in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The partnership with patient safety experts was created after Peter Pronovost, MD, who at that time was an intensivist, anesthesiologist and senior vice president for patient safety and quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, sought out Michigan to be his laboratory. In choosing Michigan, Pronovost, in collaboration with the MHA, was able to engage more than 70 hospitals in ICU care across the state.

The MHA Keystone Center’s early charge was to identify and implement practices that improve healthcare safety and quality and reduce cost.

Over the years, the MHA Keystone Center has provided hundreds of learning opportunities for its members to share evidence-based practices. It has collected, analyzed and aggregated adverse event data to transform it into sustained clinical improvements and an overall culture shift in Michigan hospitals.

These efforts have drawn national and international recognition and have been adopted in hospitals and health systems across the world.

Over the past 15 years, the MHA Keystone Center and its member hospitals have made significant strides in the reduction of harm and are probably best known for the work done in catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI). Utilization of urinary catheters has decreased 51 percent since 2012, which parallels the 49 percent reduction in the rate of CAUTI events. CLABSI rates have also decreased 30 percent since 2015, with ICU locations experiencing a 35 percent reduction.

Medical errors and adverse events are a key factor in the quality, safety and cost of healthcare. This issue has been firmly addressed by MHA Keystone Center member hospitals and health systems, as demonstrated by their voluntary participation in MHA Keystone Center initiatives and the dramatic strides made within their organizations to create safer, more reliable environments for their patients.

Together, the MHA Keystone Center and its member hospitals and health systems have tackled the big issues with regard to safety and quality. As a result, they’ve prevented infections and harm to patients, saved countless lives and avoided millions of dollars in healthcare costs.

Featured in Monday Report. Click to view the full edition.The MHA Keystone Center still believes there is much work yet to be done, despite making huge strides in safety and quality improvement over the past 15 years. To learn more about the MHA Keystone Center and its patient safety and quality Initiatives, contact Sam R. Watson at the MHA.


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