April 13, 2011 16:45 ET

VHA Pledges Support for New HHS Patient Safety Initiative to Create Safer, More Coordinated Care; Applauds Public-Private Partnership Approach

Partnership With Federal Program Dovetails With Announcement of New VHA Regional Program to Eliminate Serious, Preventable Patient Safety Errors in Member Hospitals

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - Apr 13, 2011) - VHA Inc., the national health care network, today announced that it is one of the founding private-sector partners to join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services new Partnership for Patients initiative. Applauding the initiative, VHA pledged to continue building on work already underway in many VHA member hospitals to achieve safe, high quality care that will improve patient safety.

"VHA is taking on patient safety from every vantage point -- from partnering at high levels with HHS and other national organizations, to piloting hands-on, hospital-based programs to help achieve zero hospital errors," said Michael Regier, VHA's senior vice president of legal and corporate affairs and general counsel. "We applaud this initiative by HHS and CMS, and are proud to pledge our support for the Partnership for Patients."

VHA's commitment to the Partnership includes its pledge to:

  • Support clinicians and staff working for and with VHA in order to make care safer, improve communication, and increase coordination by implementing proven systems and processes; and
  • Learn from and share with others VHA's experiences with making care safer and more coordinated.

The launch of the HHS initiative coincided with the announcement of a new regional VHA program, Target Zero, that is an intense, on-the-ground effort to achieve zero defects in patient care. Target Zero, co-sponsored with Healthcare Performance Improvement LLC, is focused in four states in the VHA Central region, with 12 hospitals participating in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. The two-year project will include interactive meetings, educational seminars and individual coaching calls. As part of the effort, VHA will collect outcomes data, organize the education efforts and disseminate best practices across the participating hospitals.

"VHA is excited to see such a significant public-private collaboration at the national level that builds on the enormous amount of creative energy that hospitals are already directing toward safety," Regier said. "We look forward to helping the Partnership for Patients achieve its goals. Nothing in health care is more important than delivering safe, high-quality care."

About VHA
VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. In 2009, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.47 billion to members. Formed in 1977, VHA serves 1,350 hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 16 regional offices. VHA has been listed as one of the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare since 2008 and one of the best places to work in IT by Computer World since 2007.

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