Bartlett Regional Hospital was awarded Mountain-Pacific Quality Health's highest honor Sept. 9 at the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association conference in Anchorage.
The award was given in recognition of the hospital's outstanding success in improving care processes in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and the prevention of surgical complications.
The award is given yearly to Alaska hospitals that meet stringent criteria over selected time frames within the last year. To be eligible for the award, hospitals must demonstrate high rates of implementation of specific protocols that have been proven to improve patient safety.
Jim Strader, community relations director at Bartlett, said that during the past year the hospital began organization-wide quality assessment and process improvement programs in all departments and also implemented programs to reduce post-surgical blood clots and prevent patient falls. New improvement and education campaigns are also addressing the prevention and treatment of antibiotic-resistant infections, surgical site infections, and central-line associated infections.