Making health care safer for all: MHA Keystone Center for patient safety & quality.

Author:Johnson, Spencer
Position:Health Care Trends

While faced with continuing uncertainties regarding the state and national economies, growing optimism can be found in the high-quality, life-saving and cost-lowering health care services delivered in Michigan hospitals. These patient safety successes, which have been featured in state and national media and The New England Journal of Medicine, speak to Michigan hospitals' primary agenda to provide the safest, highest quality care to all patients.


In 2003, Michigan hospitals voluntarily launched a pioneering initiative to improve health care quality, save lives and lower costs by identifying new ways to reduce medical errors. Through the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA), the state's 144 community hospitals created the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality. The MHA Keystone Center collaborates with clinical experts to bring evidence-based best practices to hospital caregivers in order to prevent patient harm caused by infections or other complications. Combined with a science-based approach to improving clinical culture, these endeavors give rise to improvements that can be sustained over time.

The MHA Keystone Center - a nonprofit organization funded by MHA-member hospitals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and state and federal grants -operates numerous patient safety initiatives that have revolutionized the patient experience and have positioned Michigan hospitals as national quality leaders.

MHA Keystone Center collaboratives include:

ICU - to improve the delivery of care and reduce medical errors in intensive care units (ICUs)

HAI - to reduce the incidence of hospital-associated infections (HAIs)

Gift of Life - to improve the effectiveness of hospital organ donation practices through a partnership with Gift of Life Michigan

Surgery - to improve patient safety and outcomes for surgical patients

Emergency Room (ER) - to prevent harm to emergency room patients by reducing overcrowding and wait time

Obstetrics (OB) - to eliminate preventable harm to mothers giving birth and their newborn babies

Stroke - to improve hospital awareness of best practices in the event of a stroke, as well as the sharing of community education practices

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