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Study finds high quality hospitals deliver trauma care at lower cost

A recent study in the Annals of Surgery found that high quality hospitals deliver lower cost care to trauma patients, according to
a news release by the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The study found that high quality hospitals have death rates that are 34 percent lower, while spending nearly 22 percent less compared with average-quality hospitals indicating that high quality can be provided for at lower costs.

Potential reasons are that higher quality hospitals may have
fewer patient complications resulting in savings in shorter length
of stay and less treatment.

The study analyzed data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's Nationwide Inpatient Sample, which included over
60,000 patients admitted to 73 trauma centers across the country.

For more details on the study click here.


Participate in this month's survey!
Reader Survey Question of the Month

April Question of the MonthHas your hospital recently made changes to improve inpatient admission screening process?


Click here to participate in poll (bottom right-hand corner of page)

The results are in! March Question of the Month: How does your organization analyze food and labor expense per meal?
Of those responding:
Patients and non-patients separately.........................60 percent
Patients and non-patients together............................40 percent
Non-Applicable......................................................... 0 percent

Human factors engineering to reduce patient falls

By Brian H. Fillipo, MD, MMM, FACP, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Bon Secours St. Mary's

In a recent presentation at the 2011 SHS Conference, Brian H. Fillipo delivered a presentation on a comprehensive approach to reducing patient falls across seven Bon Secours hospitals in Virginia.  The presentation provides practical examples of applying human factors engineering to falls reduction applied in a rapid cycle improvement model.  Based on early results, participating hospitals have achieved a 50 percent reduction in falls to below 3 falls per 1000 patient days.

To see the presentation, click here.


Have a soft drink and an IE career

IIE has nominated SHS member Sara Falkiewicz for the New Faces of Engineering 2011. Sara is a member of the Society for Health Systems and currently serves on the communications committee. She was an active member of the sub-committee to redesign the SHS website. SHS congratulates Sara on this recognition. Read more.


Denver Health first-ever healthcare provider to win Shingo Prize 

Denver Health is an integrated health system with a major commitment to serving vulnerable populations.Under Medical Director and CEO, Patricia Gabow; Denver Health's process excellence journey began five years ago as part of an integrated effort of "Getting it Right: Perfect the Patient Experience." Denver Health has conducted over 300 lean improvement events involving over 1200 employees realizing financial benefits of more than $80 million.

The Shingo Prize was established in 1988 as the standard of excellence to educate, assess and recognize organizations that achieve the highest level of world-class operational excellence around the globe. The prize is named for industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo, who engineered many of the process improvements and practices that make up the renowned Toyota Production System.  The Shingo Prize is administered by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

To find out more about Denver Health's Lean System Improvement efforts click here.


SHS 2011 Conference in Orlando a success!

More than 300 attendees participated in the annual Society for
Health Systems Conference held Feb. 17-19 in Orlando, Fla. The theme of this year's conference was "Building Better Healthcare Systems."

Attendees had the opportunity to attend a variety of full and

half-day pre-conference workshops; 58 different educational sessions, keynote sessions; student paper winning
presentations; an exhibit hall with the latest in new products, solutions and ideas focused on healthcare and healthcare systems; two networking receptions; numerous posters covering a wide variety of healthcare improvement topics; and much more.

Click here for conference commentary from attendees Connie Allen, Ashley Benedict, Duke Rohe, and outgoing SHS President Marci Jackson and a photo album of many of the events at the conference.


Make your plans now to attend the

SHS Conference and Expo 2012 in Las Vegas!

Details coming soon.




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SHS Member of

the Month 


  Curt Niekamp

 Curt Niekamp


As the 2011 SHS Conference Committee Chair, Curt organized an outstanding gathering for the Society.


This successful three-day event pulled together over 300 professionals from the clinical, quality and performance improvement arenas and 50+ students to learn about engineering principles, concepts, and methodologies in an effort to optimize system performance and increase patient safety.

The 2011 SHS Conference was a huge success due to Curt's hard work in orchestrating the entire event.



SHS 2011 Conference Commentary:
Here's to making a significant positive difference in healthcare!

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Tom Best

Eric Buchanan
Sara Falkiwicz
Alina Hsu
Aaron Kanne
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