8 Hospitals Receive HHS Award for Eliminating Infections

The Critical Care Societies Collaborative and HHS announced eight hospital and healthcare facility winners in the 2013 National Awards Program to Recognize Achievements in Eliminating Health Care-Associated Infections.

The awards program recognizes healthcare facilities that reduced or eliminated central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia or catheter-associated urinary tract infections for 25 months or longer. The winners are also national leaders in sharing their evidence-based initiatives to improve clinical practice, according to the release.

The recipients of the HHS-CCSC Awards Recognizing Achievements in Eliminating Health Care-Associated Infections include the following:

•    Beth Israel Medical Center (New York City) — CAUTI
•    East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center (Greenville, N.C.) cardiac intermediate unit — CLABSI
•    Franciscan St. Francis Health (Mooresville, Ind.) intensive care unit — CAUTI
•    HealthEast St. John's Hospital (Maplewood, Minn.) medical surgical ICU — CLABSI
•    Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston) — CLABSI
•    Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.) ICU, Novant Health Matthews (N.C.) Medical Center ICU and Novant Health Huntersville (N.C.) Medical Center ICU — VAP
•    University of Michigan Health System (Ann Arbor) surgical ICU and trauma burn ICU — VAP
•    Vidant Medical Center (Greenville, N.C.) medical intermediate unit — VAP

CCSC and HHS also gave honorable mention to 11 healthcare organizations for their work toward eliminating HAIs in their facilities.

The awards program grew out of the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination, the framework of the federal effort to reduce HAIs.

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