The Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care (DFMC), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland, is an independent, not-for-profit health care quality improvement organization dedicated to monitoring and improving the quality and delivery of healthcare services in our state. To receive the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award a hospital must meet specific performance improvement criteria on ten quality measures in two inpatient clinical areas: medicine and surgery. This is the second year we have received this award for outstanding performance against national standards.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative, started in 2011, is a public-private partnership working to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans. The Partnership for Patients and its over 3,700 participating hospitals are focused on making hospital care safer, more reliable and less costly through the achievement of two goals: enhancing patient safety and Improving Care Transitions. At GBMC in an effort to meet this goal we assembled nine teams, each with accountability for an area of patient harm. GBMC is achieving its goal in 12 of 14 measures. That means that if we continue at our current performance level we will meet the 40% reduction goal in 12 areas. Since January of 2014, these teams have eliminated 800 incidents of patient harm!!
All of these recognitions are for measurable improvements in care. I want to thank all of our clinicians for their hard work and dedication and for designing systems to get to this level of performance and for not relying on hard work and good intentions alone. Some awards definitely do mean something and we should be proud.