Columbus Community Hospital Named a Top-Performing Hospital
COLUMBUS, Neb. — Sept. 16, 2011 — Attention to details landed Columbus Community Hospital on The Joint Commission’s list of top-performing hospitals. The list includes 405 hospitals across the country that consistently met or exceeded standards for accountability in patient care during 2010.
Columbus Community Hospital was recognized for excellence in measuring accountability performance in the areas of pneumonia care and surgical care. The Joint Commission’s quality-of-care standards are based on research into the most effective treatment practices.
“These key measures have been proven to improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients,” said Nicole Blaser, CCH director of quality and compliance. “At Columbus Community Hospital we rely on these measures to help us improve the care we provide.”
Blaser said collaboration between clinicians in different areas throughout CCH led to guidelines and policies that have ultimately improved patient care. “Becoming a top performer on key quality measures required a true team commitment,” said Blaser.
A good example is the Surgical Care Improvement Program (SCIP). The program aims to reduce postoperative infections by implementing evidence-based procedures. The CCH surgical services department adopted new methods of prepping patients for surgery. The CCH pharmacy focused on matching appropriate antibiotics with particular procedures and coordinating with nurse anesthetists to deliver those antibiotics to patients at the appropriate time.
“The only way to get a better healthcare system is if we’re all working together with efforts that are led by health professionals—the surgeons, the anesthesia staff, the medical and surgical nurses and the pharmacists,” said Sara Hough, CCH risk management and infection control nurse.
Hough said multidisciplinary teams regularly review procedures to ensure the use of best practices and implement changes when necessary. According to Blaser, the standards set by The Joint Commission help them to determine what things they are doing well and to target areas that need improvement.
“Our physicians, nurses and support staff are committed to consistently providing the best care possible,” said Michael Hansen, CCH president and CEO. “We’re pleased that their efforts to improve patient care are recognized by The Joint Commission.”
Columbus Community Hospital is one of four Nebraska hospitals on The Joint Commission list of top-performing hospitals. Others include Alegent Health Bergan Mercy in Omaha, Alegent Health Midlands Hospital in Papillion and Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.
The list was released in conjunction with The Joint Commission’s sixth annual report, which examines in detail whether hospitals follow research-based best practices in providing treatment and follow-up care for patients. The Joint Commission is a not-for-profit organization involved in certification of hospitals and healthcare institutions. Details about the list are available at JointCommission.org. Visit ColumbusHosp.org to learn more about Columbus Community Hospital.