Legacy Health is participating in collaborative efforts to improve quality and patient safety that go beyond the standards required by national agencies such as the Joint Commission and CMS. Here are just a few of those efforts:
Partners in care
The Washington State Hospital Association Safe Table Learning Collaborative is a state-wide patient safety program with several components. One component concerns proper hand hygiene among healthcare workers. To accomplish this initiative, Legacy has implemented a Partners in Care program at all six Oregon and Washington hospitals. The goal is 100 percent hand-hygiene compliance among healthcare workers. The key to achieving this goal is to involve patients as partners in their own care. In addition to staff education, all patients and their families at the hospitals are receiving the brochure Help Us Help You: Preventing Infections. The brochure emphasizes that Legacy wants patients to ask every staff member if they have washed or sanitized their hands. Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center was the pilot hospital for this program, which was well-received by patients and their visitors, and has since been implemented at all Legacy's Oregon hospitals.
A separate component of the Safe Table Learning Collaborative concerns implementing rapid response teams. Legacy has rapid response teams at all of its hospitals that can be called to the bedside of patients to intervene early to help prevent the clinical deterioration of patients before a crisis occurs.
Oregon patient safety alliance
Legacy is a participating member of the Oregon Patient Safety Alliance, a statewide partnership in excellence, with the goal of improving care by using evidenced-based practices for acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Supporting members of the Alliance, in addition to Legacy, are: the American College of Physicians, Oregon Chapter; American College of Surgeons, Oregon Chapter; Consumers Advancing Patient Safety; Northwest Physicians Mutual Insurance Co.; Acumentra Health; Oregon Academy of Family Physicians; Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and the Society of Hospital Medicine, Oregon Chapter.