September 4, 2008

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Wins National Award Innovative Quality Improvement Efforts

CINCINNATI, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Medical Center, a leading pediatric institution devoted to changing the outcome for children throughout the world, received The RACE for Results award, an annual, national performance improvement award, from Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA), recognizing exceptional improvement efforts that advance patient care in children's hospitals across North America. Cincinnati Children's earned the 2008 distinction for its success in implementing new quality improvement processes to reduce Health Care Acquired Infection-related deaths in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) children by 45 percent.

Cincinnati Children's approaches quality improvement efforts based on the Model for Improvement that has been described by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Improvement Collaboratives were organized among three critical care units. Evidence-based changes were tested by front-line care teams with the support of internal quality improvement consultants, data analysts and senior organizational leaders. Additionally, engaging front-line caregivers, embedding improvements into daily routines, celebrating successes and use of real-time notification and immediate root cause analysis were some of the innovative quality improvement methods used to reduce Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia (VAP) and catheter associated bloods stream infection (CA-BSI) rates in the PICU.

"We are thrilled to be recognized for our ongoing quality improvement efforts. We believe an intensive focus on reduction of nosocomial infections in pediatric intensive care units can result in substantial and sustained improvement," states Uma Kotagal, Vice President, Quality and Transformation. "The reductions in morbidity, family stress and cost are real and measurable, as are improvements in family and staff satisfaction and staff retention."

"This award celebrates the innovative methods Cincinnati Children's uses to protect very sick children from life-threatening infections," said Hema Bisarya of Child Health Care Corporation of America. "Their work received a lot of interest from children's hospitals across the country all working to improve the quality of care delivered and impact patient outcomes."

Cincinnati Children's Hospital was selected for the prestigious RACE for Results award by a panel of independent national health care experts. The project team was honored for their achievement on April 9 in Nashville, Tennessee. Texas Children's Hospital captured second place for their work in preventing surgical infections, while Children's Hospital of Orange County received third place for improving the outcomes of extremely low birth weight infants.

About Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is one of America's top three children's hospitals for general pediatrics and is highly ranked for its expertise in digestive diseases, respiratory diseases, cancer, neonatal care, heart care and neurosurgery, according to the annual ranking of best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. One of the three largest children's hospitals in the U.S., Cincinnati Children's is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health.

For its achievements in transforming healthcare, Cincinnati Children's is one of six U.S. hospitals since 2002 to be awarded the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize (R) for leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment to patient care. The hospital is a national and international referral center for complex cases, so that children with the most difficult-to-treat diseases and conditions receive the most advanced care leading to better outcomes. Additional information can be found at .

About Child Health Corporation of America

CHCA is dedicated to improving the performance of children's hospitals, networking 43 of North America's leading pediatric organizations, connecting 20,000 pediatric specialists and linking almost 100,000 children's hospital employees to a range of programs and services. Learn more at

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

CONTACT: Jim Feuer of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center,+1-513-636-4656, [email protected]; or Samantha Blau of Porter Novelli,+1-312-856-8814, [email protected], for Cincinnati Children'sHospital Medical Center

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