Patient Safety & Quality

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have issued new and revised rules as part of the ongoing effort to fight Michigan’s opioid crisis. 
Medication errors cause hundreds of thousands of injuries per year in the United States. However, mistakes related to the dispensing and prescription of medication are preventable, and knowledge and good communication is often the best line of defense.
Adam Novak, director, safety initiatives, MHA Keystone Center, discusses how workplace safety is a focus area for the 2018-2019 program year and member organizations are encouraged to participate in a collaborative program to identify, develop and implement workplace safety risk-reduction strategies...
President Donald Trump on Dec. 21 signed into law federal legislation aimed at reducing maternal deaths during pregnancy and delivery.
Rural communities often face adversity, particularly due to a lack of resources. Limited access to healthcare and food play a crucial role in health disparities and social determinants of health.
Michelle Norcross, MSA, senior director of safety and quality, MHA Keystone Center, discusses factors that create health inequities and available resources to drive improvement.
Gary L. Roth, DO, MBA, FACOS, FCCM, FACS, chief medical officer of the MHA, was the recent recipient of the 2018 Charles L. Ballinger Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award from the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS).
The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) hosted Outcome Engenuity’s (OE) Just Culture Certification Course Nov. 6 and 7 in Okemos.
Over the past three years, the MHA Keystone Center, in conjunction with the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, has provided support for its member hospitals to adopt principles of high reliability.
Michigan hospitals voluntarily and regularly submit data to the MHA Keystone Center to be analyzed and used to drive improvement and help healthcare providers avoid future harm.
In 2017, the MHA Keystone Center hosted five simulations throughout Michigan that focused on sepsis. Due to great success, the MHA Keystone Center added more simulations in 2018 to help GLPP HIIN members address additional critical care issues.
The MHA Keystone Center held its annual Fall Workshop Oct. 23 at the JW Marriott, Grand Rapids. The event drew more than 100 nurses, critical care educators, intensivists, care transition coordinators and quality improvement professionals to learn how to drive improvement in the critical care settin...
Research has indicated that more than 300,000 patients in the U.S. annually require mechanical ventilation as a means of life support treatment.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare currently employs over 18 million people and is one of the quickest growing industries in the United States. 
In 2016, Henry Ford Health System initiated a multidisciplinary approach across the entire continuum of care to reduce opioid prescriptions over a three-year period.
Brittany Bogan, executive director, MHA Keystone Center, discusses how the MHA and its member health systems work together to enhance healthcare quality and safety.
The MHA Keystone Center recently released its 2017-2018 annual report titled Improving Care Together. The report highlights the MHA Keystone Center’s 15-year anniversary and its accomplishments over the years. 
The MHA Keystone Center will host three events in October to help member hospitals learn how to implement best practices and improvement initiatives to protect patients and staff.
Collaboration in healthcare is imperative for improvement, whether it occurs in the traditional hospital setting or in the communities that MHA members serve.
Pennye Hinz, certified surgical technologist, and Rebecca Brand, BSN, at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, Newberry, were recipients of the MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award for third quarter 2018.
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