Bascom Palmer’s Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital Recognized at Quality and Patient Safety Summit

The Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital of the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth was among 11 Florida hospitals recently recognized for improving patient safety at the Florida Hospital Association’s Hospital Engagement Network Quality and Patient Safety Summit for Achievements in Improving Patient Care.

The hospitals took part in the association’s Hospital Engagement Network program in which they prevented at least 5,283 instances of patient harm while saving $28.7 million in costs overall, according to the latest annual results released at the summit, held September 15-16 in Lake Mary. The program, part of the national Partnership for Patients initiative, is aimed at significantly improving health care quality nationally.

Anne Bates Leach was one of three medical centers that received the Award of Excellence in Reducing Harm Across the Board. The hospitals reduced patient harm by at least 40 percent and readmissions by at least 20 percent across all of the FHA Hospital Engagement Network’s focus areas.

As part of the network hospitals worked together on efforts to improve care at the bedside, eliminate care disparities, create a culture of safety for patients and caregivers and promote appropriate use of antibiotics. Participating hospitals also focused on reducing infections and falls, improving medication safety, increasing safety for mothers and babies and preventing hospital readmissions.

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