A local hospital is receiving some special recognition. Lakes Regional Healthcare has been awarded the Patient Safety Grand Prize by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. The award will be presented at a statewide Patient Safety Conference March 12th.
The award recognizes healthcare providers and/or healthcare organizations for outstanding leadership and achievement in patient safety. It’s based on improving patient safety, reducing the risk of human harm and keeping patients at the center of care.
According to hospital records, Lakes Regional Healthcare had a readmission rate of 7.9 percent in 2012, compared to slightly more than six percent in 2013. The national avers in 2012 was 18.4 percent.
Officials with LRH say all readmissions are evaluated monthly by a special team that reviews the reason for readmission; if the readmission was preventalbe; the amount of time between hospitalizations; whether the patient had needs prior to discharge that were not addressed and discussions regarding trending and monitoring of readmissions.