Central Florida Health was nationally recognized for achievements in quality care and value, according to a news release. Central Florida Health comprises Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Villages Regional Hospital, and the two participated along with 91 other hospitals in a joint quality improvement effort with the help of a working committee of the Florida Hospital Association.
Accomplishments included a 40 percent reduction in clostridium difficile hospital-acquired infections; a 21 percent reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections; a 23 percent reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections; and a 21-percent reduction in methicillin-resistant staphylococcus areus infections.
The program is still in effect, though its overall goal was to improve patient safety measures by sharing and implementing best practices in FHA hospitals.
Phyllis Baum, RN, chief quality officer for CFH, served in a leadership capacity on the committee. “It was an honor to serve and to ultimately achieve these improvements,” she says in the release. “CFH hospitals remain steadfast in their ongoing commitment to continuously improve the quality of care—each patient, every day, and every time.”