3 hospitals honored for eliminating patient deaths

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation teamed up with the Carter Foundation for the fourth consecutive year in an initiative to eliminate patient deaths and awarded three hospitals based on their commitment to save the most lives.

The prize is a private fishing trip with former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter.

This year's top three hospitals are:

1. MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.). Saved 225 lives. MedStar Health is using processes to eliminate healthcare-associated infections, made commitments to identify and treat sepsis and helped launch a culture of safety.

2. Parrish Medical Center (Titusville, Fla.). Saved 110 lives. Parrish Medical Center implemented processes to eliminate pediatric adverse drug events and reduce falls as well as an antimicrobial stewardship program.

3. Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City.). Saved 75 lives. Intermountain implemented processes to eliminate venous thromboembolism, which is linked to increased mortality and poor patient outcomes. Intermountain also put processes into place to eliminate central line-associated bloodstream infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

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