PSMF names 3 institutions that saved the most lives from preventable deaths 2017

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation on Thursday recognized three organizations that made commitments with PSMF in 2017 to save lives by addressing preventative patient deaths.

Here are the three winners projected to save the most lives in 2017.

Hospital Quality Institute made four commitments projected to save 5,832 lives. Commitments included preventing sepsis deaths and eliminating preventable mortality in maternity care. HQI represents more than 400 hospitals and health systems in California.

March of Dimes made three commitments projected to save 7,005 lives. The organization pledged to improve maternal immunization programs and newborn screenings across the nation in 2017. This nonprofit was founded in 1938 and is committed to preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality.

Newborn Foundation made two commitments projected to save 5,117 lives. The organization is dedicated to improving and expanding neonatal screening to reduce infant mortality. Newborn Foundation committed to promoting the adoption of point-of-care pulse oximetry testing for all newborns around the nation.

NPSM rewarded the winning organizations with an exclusive fishing trip with former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, which took place Oct. 13 to Oct. 15.

"I appreciate former President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter's continued support and dedication to protect patient safety," said Joe Kiani, founder of PSMF. "Their participation plays an impactful role in helping us reach our goal of zero preventable deaths by 2020."

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