JRMC recognized for patient safety efforts


Jefferson Regional Medical Center has received national recognition as part of the Arkansas Hospital Association’s Hospital Engagement Network, for collecting and reporting information on 11 hospital-acquired infections, as well as reducing early elective deliveries and 30-day readmissions.

JRMC has been named to the Century Club, which refers to the practice of submitting baseline data and continuous updating in 100 percent of the HEN topic areas. The HEN’s goal is to help hospitals improve quality of care in the following areas: adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated blood stream infections, early-elective deliveries, injuries from falls and immobility, obstetrical adverse events, pressure ulcers, surgical site infections, venous thromboembolism, ventilator-associated pneumonia and preventable readmissions.

“Arkansas hospitals have a solid commitment to delivering the best quality care possible,” said Pam Brown, vice president for quality and patient safety at the AHA. “But the dedication of the Century Club hospitals goes above and beyond. These facilities have taken on the challenge of achieving improvement in all 10 areas of focus and serve as an example to their peers.”

In addition, JRMC’s achievements with the HEN were featured in a video on the national website of Hospitals and Health Network magazine in August.