December 2005

Catholic Health Initiatives Receives Grant for Rapid Response Teams


Catholic Health Initiatives has been awarded a $145,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support its efforts to implement Rapid Response Teams throughout the system. Rapid Response Teams are comprised of patient care providers who are called to respond when a patient’s condition changes rapidly. “The patient can be assessed and, if necessary, treated before a medical emergency occurs,” said John Anderson, MD, chief medical officer for Catholic Health Initiatives. “Rapid Response Teams not only save lives, but demonstrate the power of effective and non-judgmental communication in delivering health care services.” Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, said the grant is especially significant because it focuses on patients and the bedside clinicians who care for them. “We were successful in the grant application process because of national awareness of the ongoing quality and safety improvements taking place at our market-based organizations,” he said. “The implementation of the grant also fits with our priority areas of focus during the next 18 months: invest in leaders to develop leaders; create the safest environment by reducing avoidable complications; and build the system together.” Rapid Response Teams are a key component of the 100,000 Lives Campaign created by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which aims to prevent 100,000 patient deaths during the 18 months from December 2005 through June 2006. Currently, 47 of Catholic Health Initiatives’ hospitals participate in the campaign. “During the next 18 months, the Patient Safety Team from our national Clinical Services Group will work closely with market-based organizations to learn from them what works best and to share leading practices across the system,” said Anderson. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans.