(EFFINGHAM, IL) – HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety and quality with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Award from IHA’s Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality. In its second year, the Partners in Progress Innovation Challenge helps support the mission of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) mission to reduce harm through impactful organizational innovation that can be implemented at other hospitals and health systems across the state. HSHS St. Anthony’s is one of two awardees that will work with IHA to bring its quality improvement project, “Journey to Sepsis Improvement,” to another hospital in the state.
 
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the IHA for the efforts we have made to improve the care of patients with sepsis,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Jennings. “This accomplishment reflects our commitment to continuous improvement. It required dedicated work of our entire team of physicians and staff. The lives saved by this campaign are credited to their great work.”
 
Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threating response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. More than 1.7 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with sepsis each year – one every 20 seconds. Sepsis can be treated when symptoms are identified rapidly enough.
 
Dr. Jennings shared, “The treatment of sepsis is complex and involves dozens of steps. Much like a heart attack, time is a critical factor. To give patients the highest chance of survival, the entire team developed processes to identify patients with sepsis and then rapidly provide the essential treatments,” he said. “Since the journey began in 2015, nearly 600 lives have been saved across our region and sepsis mortality has decreased from 15 percent to less than 5 percent.”
 
“IHA and its more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health system members are dedicated to advancing person-centered health care through evidence-based quality and safety initiatives and innovative programs that can measurably strengthen health and healthcare for all Illinoisans,” said A.J. Wilhelmi, IHA President and CEO. “We are inspired by the achievements of this year’s award recipients, and through our innovation challenge, we continue to work to enhance the spread of best practices across the state.”
 
Hospitals and health systems from across the state submitted applications for consideration in the second annual IHA Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Awards. Projects focused on a diverse array of topics, including surgical site infections, C. difficile, CAUTI, behavioral health, readmissions and more. A panel of judges consisting of statewide and nationally recognized healthcare quality experts evaluated submissions based on their improvement impact and the applicant’s willingness to help bring the innovation to another HIIN hospital that is ready, willing and able to also adopt the specific innovation.
 
HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s quality improvement project is just one of the examples of recognition St. Anthony’s has received for enhancing care for its patients. St. Anthony’s has also been recognized by IMEC as a recipient of their 2018 ILPEx Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence and received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. Additionally, St. Anthony’s was one of just four Illinois hospitals named to the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence. “These recognitions are a reflection of the continuous work by our colleagues and physicians to ensure the highest quality of care for those we have the honor of serving,” said Dr. Jennings.
 
About IHA
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association, with offices in Chicago, Naperville, Springfield and Washington, D.C., advocates for Illinois' more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems as they serve their patients and communities. IHA members provide a broad range of services—not just within their walls, but across the continuum of healthcare and in their communities. Reflecting the diversity of the state, IHA members consist of nonprofit, investor-owned, and public hospitals in the following categories: community, safety net, rural, critical access, specialty, and teaching hospitals, including academic medical centers. For more information, see www.team-iha.org. Like IHA on Facebook. Follow IHA on Twitter.

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