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Franciscan St. Anthony Honored with the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award

Friday, May 27, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Boston, MA (May 26, 2011) - The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) today awarded its 2011 Stand Up For Patient Safety Management Award to Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, a member of the Midwest-based Franciscan Alliance. The honor was bestowed during the NPSF 2011 Patient Safety Congress in Washington, DC.


“Efforts that dramatically improve the safety of patients and aid their recovery rates are always worthy of special notice. Those that are designed and implemented organically by a hospital or by one of its departments go further; they are examples that can impart important lessons to all patient safety advocates,” said Diane C. Pinakiewicz, President of the National Patient Safety Foundation. “What Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City has accomplished provides just such an example and is a model for achieving the best outcomes in patient safety programs.”

The Patient Safety Management Award is granted to a member hospital of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Stand Up for Patient Safety program in recognition of the successful implementation of an outstanding patient safety initiative led or created by mid-level management. The initiative must have demonstrated evidence of patient safety improvement, with involvement of staff at all levels of the organization.

The hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department designed a process-improvement project to study its lymph node visualization rates. The mammary sentinel lymph node biopsy, or sentinel nodal location (SNL) procedure, plays a critical role in the staging of breast cancer, and information from the biopsies is used to determine how to treat the cancer most effectively. In a study involving 24 patients, health professionals at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City found that by reducing the length of the needles used during the biopsies, visualization rates improved dramatically, from 25 percent to 100 percent in 2010.

    • By optimizing its visualization rates, the hospital has improved the quality of care and safety of its patients by:
    • Reducing patient discomfort associated with the SNL procedure
    • Reducing surgical time (total procedure time reduced from 3 hours to 1 hour)
    • Shortening recovery time
    • Increasing access to outpatient surgery bed time (for other patients)

“The process-improvement project designed by Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City resulted in measurable, positive changes in care delivered at their facility,” said Pinakiewicz. “We offer our congratulations to the hospital on the success of their initiative and their ability to not only meet, but greatly exceed, their goals.”


About Franciscan Alliance
The Franciscan Alliance system was founded in 1875 by Mother Maria Theresa and has grown into one of the largest health systems in the Midwest with 13 hospitals, including Franciscan Saint Anthony-Michigan City (FSH-MC). Franciscan Alliance strives to be a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of patient-centered health care, a goal reflected in its Franciscan Mission: Continuing Christ’s Ministry in Our Franciscan Tradition.

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