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IU HEALTH NORTH HOSPITAL STAFF IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY & QUALITY OF CARE THROUGH NATIONAL INITIATIVE

An IU Health North Hospital Release

After 18 months of collaboration with hospitals from across the country, a team at Indiana University Health North Hospital is celebrating its success in improving patient safety and quality of care through its participation in Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), a nationwide effort to improve health care in targeted communities. Nationally, ninety percent of hospital teams participating in Aligning Forces for Quality improved the quality of care for their patients in measureable ways.

The program is an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest health care philanthropy and is staffed by experts at The George Washington University.

Since October 2010, IU Health North Hospital has made cutting-edge and lasting changes to further improve the quality of care provided to its cardiac patients, with the specific goal of reducing readmission within 30 days for heart failure patients.

Throughout the program, staff have piloted and tested quality improvement strategies, while collecting data that have been examined by patient race, ethnicity and language to determine if disparities exist.

“We have a culture of constant improvement, and this program has helped us fuel that culture and provide even better care to our patients,” said Toni Beymer, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Director, Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services at IU Health North Hospital.

Aligning Forces for Quality(www.forces4quality.org) is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform.

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