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CCMC Recognized For Patient Safety

Clay County Medical Center is among several hospitals statewide being recognized for its exemplary achievements to improve patient safety. CCMC received this recognition for working toward the American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust goals set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions.

“We are pleased to receive this special recognition of our team’s patient-focused efforts to provide the best care possible to those we serve,” said Austin Gillard, CEO of CCMC. “Working with the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative—as well as side-by-side with our peers across the state—has provided our team the opportunity to advance patient safety and health outcomes more efficiently and effectively.”

Since October 2016, Kansas hospitals have worked collaboratively to achieve a 20 percent reduction in hospital-acquired conditions, and a 12 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions from 2014 baselines. Hospitals placed a special focus on reducing patient harm, such as falls, adverse drug events, hospital-acquired infections, and pressure injuries. Hospitals also made progress in implementing key strategies for patient and family engagement.