150 Lives Saved At Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

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Surgical Safety and Patient-Centered Enhancements at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center Prove to be Successful

Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center has been working to enhance surgical safety efforts for several years, and the efforts have paid off. Since implementation of these efforts, surgical errors and readmissions have significantly decreased. These efforts include new standards of care to enhance perioperative patient experiences and reduce costly complications. Since implementation in 2011, safety efforts have:

  • Saved an estimated 150 lives
  • Prevented over 400 readmissions
  • Saved $7.5 million in healthcare costs
  • Experienced a 20% reduction in surgical site infections

Improved surgical safety efforts are part of a statewide initiative led by the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative (CtSQC), founded by Scott Ellner, DO, and Philip Corvo, MD, in 2011. Today, the Collaborative boasts 22 hospitals, the support of three medical associations throughout Connecticut, and is one of the largest surgical safety collaboratives in the nation.

These statewide efforts have been supported in part by major grants from the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. In a partnership with the CtSQC, Saint Francis received an initial grant of $227,000 in 2015, and subsequently a second grant this year, promising $990,000 to continue the Collaborative’s success over the next three years.

“The grant will help Saint Francis to lead the charge toward exceptional surgical quality across the state,” reported David S. Shapiro, Chairman of Surgery at Saint Francis Hospital. “Moving forward, the grant will be used to enhance perioperative patient and family experiences, involving multiple interventions to improve recovery.”

The Collaborative will continue critical training across all programs to improve patient safety and the goal of enhanced patient engagement at every stage becoming best practice for surgery.

“In the truest spirit of collaboration, the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation and the Saint Francis Foundation are together assisting the CtSQC to make Connecticut among the safest states in the country to have surgery,” said Philip Corvo, MD, President and co-founder of the Collaborative.

“Coverys is proud to support the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and the Collaborative,” said Donna M. Norris, MD, committee chair of the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation. “To date, the Collaborative has proven to have a significant impact on each hospital’s advancements to improve patient safety during the perioperative process. Through continued support from the Foundation, we look forward to the program’s future achievements.”

About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.

Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.

About Coverys
Coverys is a leading medical professional liability insurance provider dedicated to protecting the livelihood of physicians, hospitals, dentists, podiatrists and advanced practice providers. Coverys uses data intelligence to help policyholders anticipate, identify and manage risk in order to reduce errors, eliminate inefficiency and improve outcomes.

Headquartered in Boston, MA, Coverys has regional offices in East Lansing, MI, Columbus, OH, Maple Valley, WA and Omaha, NE. For more information, visit http://www.coverys.com.

About Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation
Through funding, the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation positively reinforces charitable organizations and innovative programs that improve patient care and safety, promote healthy lifestyles, address obesity and support individuals and organizations that provide healthcare services, including causes in which Coverys employees are involved. The development of the Foundation exemplifies Coverys’ dedication to being an affirmative and active corporate citizen in the healthcare community and the communities in which it operates.

Media Contact
PAN Communications for Coverys
Lauren Winer, 617-502-4396

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