St. Luke feted for HEN work

The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative recently recognized St. Luke Hospital, Marion, for its successful participation in the second round of the national Hos­pital Engagement Network, known as HEN 2.0, according to Jeremy Ensey, CEO.

HEN 2.0 was a 12-month comprehensive patient safety initiative conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through its Partnership for Patients program.

At the state level, St. Luke Hospital was a part of the Kansas HEN led by the Topeka-based Kansas Health­care Collaborative in partnership with the Kansas Hospital Association, the American Hospital Associa­tion, and the Health Research and Educational Trust.

Through the Kansas HEN, St. Luke Hospital worked collaboratively with quality-improvement teams at 106 hospitals across the state and 3,700 hospitals across the nation. All were focused on 10 or more core patient safety areas, such as the prevention of falls, infections and adverse drug events.

As “agents of change,” hospital leaders and front line staff participated in learning networks and used quality improvement methods and resources to improve care delivery and prevent harm. The initiative involved all levels of the hospital, as well as patients and families.

“Facility-wide, the staff at St. Luke show this commitment to quality, safety, compassion and improvement,” said Sharon James, QA/risk director at St. Luke. “The feedback from patients and families is evidence that we are on the right path.”

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