BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 14, 2012) — Greenview Regional Hospital is among one-hundred Kentucky hospitals joining with the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) in an effort to improve patient care and reduce health care costs in the commonwealth. The hospitals’ goals include reducing preventable readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions (HACs).

KHA has been awarded a contract, in partnership with The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to support the Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign. PfP is a national initiative launched earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Through the PfP, KHA has established a hospital engagement network (K-HEN) to help hospitals identify ways to improve patient safety and share learning among hospitals across the state. The PfPs’ goal for this two-year project is to reduce preventable hospital readmissions that occur within 30 days of discharge by 20 percent and HACs by 40 percent (compared to 2010) by the end of 2013.

K-HEN will provide resources and expertise to build on evidence from research and pilot projects, as well as best practices, learning networks and other resources to address ten targeted areas:

• Adverse drug events

• Catheter-associated urinary tract infections

• Central line-associated blood stream infections

• Injuries from falls and immobility

• Obstetrical adverse events

• Pressure ulcers

• Surgical site infections

• Venous thromboembolism (VTE) or deep vein clots

• Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)

• Preventable readmissions

“Kentucky’s hospitals continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to improve patient safety and quality of care. KHA is very pleased that almost 80 percent of Kentucky’s hospitals are participating in KHEN. There are nearly 2,000 hospitals participating nationwide, working with their state hospital associations in partnership with HRET, in 33 states. Out of the hospital associations involved, Kentucky has one of the highest participation rates with 100 of the state’s 131 hospitals signed up,” said Michael T. Rust, KHA president. “Our state’s participation in the hospital engagement network is the latest example of our ongoing effort to make care safer for our patients.”

About Greenview Regional Hospital
Celebrating 40 years of providing quality healthcare to southern Kentucky, Greenview Regional Hospital is a 211-bed, community-based facility with comprehensive medical and surgical programs including neurosciences, orthopaedics, 24-Hour Emergency Department, digital mammography, and other services.  An affiliate of the TriStar Health System, Greenview Regional Hospital was the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Kentucky, increasing the likelihood of survival in a cardiac emergency by 37 percent.  For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by Greenview Regional Hospital or TriStar Health System, call TriStar MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit the website at and choose TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital. Greenview Regional Hospital is located at 1801 Ashley Circle in Bowling Green, KY.