A new program brings together quality and safety initiatives across the patient care enterprise of University of Iowa Health Care.
The Quality Improvement Program consolidates three hospital-based groups: Operations Excellence; Clinical Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement; and Nursing Quality. Consolidation of these groups into one entity will allow for greater collaboration and coordination of resources, as well as invigorating quality and safety initiatives across the enterprise.
Quality and safety is important because it is the right thing to do for our patients. By working and communicating together, the Quality Improvement Program will help ensure that every patient at UI Hospitals & Clinics receives care free of all preventable harm, is based on the latest evidence, and is consistent with their wishes and expectations. The team goals for the year include reducing overall length of stay, reducing infections in patients who have had surgery, and improving nurse and doctor communication as it relates to the patient experience.
With the launch of this new program, UI Hospitals & Clinics Chief Quality Officer Michael Edmond, MD, MPH, MPA, spent some time sharing what quality and safety means in health care, why it’s important, and how we can work together to ensure that UI Hospitals & Clinics provides the safest, highest-quality care for our patients and the community.