September/November 2006

Catholic Health Initiatives Announces Mortality Rate Drop

Catholic Health Initiatives’ patient safety agenda for fiscal year 2006 included a variety of activities that advanced one of the system’s three themes for the year: creating the safest environment by reducing avoidable complications. This work encompassed completion of the Culture of Safety Survey; implementation of life-saving interventions promoted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100,000 Lives Campaign, particularly the use of Rapid Response Teams; and timeliness in system-wide reporting of adverse events.

One result of this work is a significant decrease in mortality within Catholic Health Initiatives. At the National Leadership Conference in Denver, Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, announced a system-wide reduction in mortality of more than six percent during fiscal year 2006. “This is more than 400 lives — mothers, fathers, siblings, children — that were saved through early detection and intervention,” he said.