Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville has been recognized by VHA Inc., the national health care network, as a leader in clinical quality and patient safety for its efforts to reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired infections, specifically Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA infections, which are difficult and expensive to treat if they develop. Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville was one of 13 hospitals in the region to be recognized by VHA’s regional office in Charlotte, N.C.
In 2009, Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville had zero hospital-acquired MRSA infections. “Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville has demonstrated a significant commitment to patient safety through its infection prevention efforts, which help improve the quality of care while also reducing costs,” said Terri Bowersox, director of performance improvement for VHA’s Central Atlantic region. “Hospitals across the nation would benefit from looking at Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville’s performance and mimicking their work.”
Bowersox noted that one of the most essential elements to sustaining superior clinical quality levels is CEO leadership and commitment and a willingness by the nurses and physicians in the organization to learn from the best practices that are in place in other high performing hospitals. “Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville gets high marks for both these success factors.”
Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville provides a wide range of health services including maternity, surgery, cardiovascular and cancer care. Our expert medical team delivers the care you need, close to home. We ensure that you receive personalized attention and a remarkable experience at our hospital.
VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Formed in 1977, through its 16 regional offices, VHA serves more than 1,400 hospitals and more than 28,000+ non-acute care providers nationwide. VHA was ranked by Modern Healthcare as the 7th best place to work in health care in 2009.