December 2005

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Campaign Tour Bus Visits Holy Rosary


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Standing in front of the IHI's 100,000 Lives Campaign Cross-County Tour bus are (from left) Andy Hackbarth, senior engineer, IHI; Carol Haraden, vice president, IHI; Judy Cordeniz, vice president of strategic planning and business development, Holy Rosary; Alexi Nazem, national field manager, IHI; Matt Louchheim, western region field coordinator, IHI; and Mark Dalley, president and chief executive officer, Holy Rosary.

Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario, Ore., was one of the stops on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) recent 100,000 Lives Campaign Cross-Country Bus Tour.

Representatives of Holy Rosary welcomed the IHI guests and presented the hospital's accomplishments in improved patient care and prevention of avoidable deaths. The visitors toured the hospital's new emergency and surgery areas, as well as renovated diagnostic imaging areas.

The IHI's 18-month 100,000 Lives Campaign aims to prevent 100,000 hospital deaths by June 2006 through implementation of six key interventions. During September and October, the campaign bus traveled coast to coast, visiting 19 hospitals. Holy Rosary was the only Catholic Health Initiatives hospital, the only Oregon hospital and the only rural hospital visited by the bus.

"Most stops were at large, urban medical centers," said Mark Dalley, president and chief executive officer of Holy Rosary. "We addressed what works in implementing the key interventions from the perspective of a rural facility. The visit gave our staff and physicians the opportunity to celebrate successes, and candidly discuss barriers, for each of the six interventions."

Alexi Nazem, national field manager for the IHI campaign, wrote about the Holy Rosary visit in an on-line journal. "One thing was plainly obvious: Holy Rosary has the distinct advantage of agility and a tight-knit team that will allow them to be extraordinarily successful. Case in point, Holy Rosary rolled out its VAP (ventilator-associated pneumonia) bundle implementation hospital-wide in less then two months."