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Ballad Health reports improvements in quality targeted measures

Johnson City Press • May 6, 2020 at 9:29 AM

Ballad Health announced on Tuesday it has seen improvement across several key quality measures, putting it among the top 90% of heath systems in the nation in five of the Quality Targeted Measures that include in-hospital fall with hip fracture rate, postoperative respiratory failure rate and perioperative hemorrhage/hematoma rate.

Overall, the system has seen improvement in 13 of 17 measures when compared to baseline numbers prior to the merger between Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance.

“The ultimate goal is, and should be, zero-harm,” Ballad Health Chairman and CEO Alan Levine said in a statement. “The performance we are now reporting is not only the best we’ve seen since the approval of the merger creating Ballad Health, but in many cases, it is among the best in the nation. Our affiliated and partner physicians, in collaboration with our team members, are intensely focused on being among the best health systems, and it starts with ensuring patient safety and a determination to be among the best.”

The latest quality report also showed:

- Clostridioides difficile (C. Diff) decreased by 44% compared to the baseline.

- Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) decreased by 41% compared to last fiscal year.

- Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) down by 45% compared to last fiscal year.

- Iatrogenic Pneumothorax rate decreased by 66% compared to the baseline.

- In-hospital fall with hip fracture rate decreased by 50% compared to the baseline.

- Postoperative acute kidney injury (AKI) decreased by 50% compared to the baseline.

- Postoperative wound dehiscence rate decreased by 28% compared to the baseline.

- Sepsis bundle compliance increased to an all-time high of more than 64%. 

“Patient and team member safety is not something we just talk about,” Ballad’s Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Amit Vashist said in a statement. “It is everyone’s priority, from the chair of our board to our frontline caregivers. We have to be willing to expose opportunities to create better care and safety, and we all have to be willing to be accountable for creating a high-quality environment. And this is the culture we see within Ballad Health.

"As a practicing physician, I am proud of this commitment to being among the best in the nation. I truly believe this is why Ballad Health is seeing such success in recruiting new providers to serve our region. Doctors and allied health professionals want to be part of something where they know they are contributing to improving the human condition. And that is happening here.”

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