Today, Rose is one of only six hospitals being honored for Outstanding Nursing Quality at the American Nurses Association (ANA) Nursing Quality Conference.
As one of the six award winners, Rose demonstrated superior results and sustained improvement in patient outcomes that are tied to the quality of nursing services and nurse work environment factors, as measured in the ANA’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI). A total of 17 clinical process and patient outcome measures are evaluated to determine overall quality.
“Exceptional nursing quality has been a hallmark of Rose Medical Center since it opened more than 60 years ago,” said Lynne Wagner, Chief Nursing Officer at Rose Medical Center. “Our nursing staff takes great pride in identifying and implementing opportunities for improvement to ensure that we are providing the best care for our patients. We are honored to be one of only six hospitals in the country recognized for our outstanding nursing quality.”
For these award-winning hospitals, improving the quality of nursing services that directly affect patient outcomes is ingrained in their operations. For example, Rose significantly reduced ventilator-associated pneumonia, the leading cause of death resulting from hospital-acquired infections, from 17 cases in 2008-09 to just one case in 2011-12. The staff improved team-based oral care standards and implemented a series of interventions proven to reduce infection rates.
NDNQI tracks several indicators, such as hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, patient falls and infections. It also establishes links between patient outcomes and nurse staffing characteristics, such as nursing care hours, education level, certification and turnover.
Rose has also been recognized as Colorado’s only Pathway to Excellence Program, which recognizes hospitals that provide a positive work environment for nursing staff.