The Edmond Sun

December 2, 2013

INTEGRIS Hospitals receive VHA Awards

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — INTEGRIS Health Edmond recently announced it has been recognized for outstanding clinical performance by VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas, one of 13 regions that comprise VHA Inc., the national health care network. The awards celebrate the hospital’s achievements in:

• Infection prevention for hospitalized patients, including pneumonia in artificially ventilated ICU patients, intravenous catheter-associated blood stream infections and urinary tract infections in patients with bladder catheters; and

• Emergency department care.

INTEGRIS Health Edmond is one of 27 hospitals in the region recognized for clinical performance. This year, INTEGRIS Health Edmond was recognized in the Patient Safety Award Category for Clinical Excellence. The patient safety awards focus on three infections that can be acquired during hospitalization. The awards for patient safety recognized hospitals that have either significantly reduced or eliminated infections in patients requiring artificial ventilation, received treatment through central line catheters or in patients with indwelling urinary catheters during their hospital stay. These awards are based on hospital performance during the full 12 months of 2012.

INTEGRIS Health Edmond also was recognized for the Emergency Department Awards category for High Performance for decreasing the number or percentage of patients who left the ER before being seen and improvement in the overall length of stay while in the ER. High Performance awards were given to emergency departments that maintained a level of performance equal to or better than the CDC national benchmarks for these metrics. These awards are based on the full 12 months of emergency department operational data for 2012.