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PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center receives “Chasing Zero” award


October 10, 2016
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(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - PeaceHealth Ketchikan on Friday, October 7th, was named a “Chasing Zero” award winner during Mountain-Pacific’s Fall Patient Safety Conference in Anchorage. The awards were presented to ten Alaskan hospitals that demonstrated a commitment to providing high-quality patient care.

All recipients had to go at least 45 days without two of three Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) or reach 90 days or more without one of three HAIs. The three HAIs measured were catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central-line associated blood stream infections, and Clostridium difficile infections. Every winner surpassed the award measurements and went at least 120 days or more without an infection for one or more HAIs.

“Mountain-Pacific has worked with these exemplary hospitals for many years, and no matter how large or small or urban or rural, it is always amazing to watch the hard work that goes into creating high quality health care that ultimately creates a safer and healthier environment for the patient,” said Sharon Scudder, Mountain-Pacific Alaska director. “Health care landscapes are changing, and with the presence of highly infectious diseases affecting our communities and with increased government mandates in reporting, we applaud these hospitals for providing the highest quality of hospital care in Alaska. It most likely rivals or exceeds care you would find throughout the United States.”

All Alaska hospitals are eligible for Hospital Quality Awards. Award-winning hospitals range from small, rural hospitals to large, urban hospitals.

“I’m very proud that we have received this quality award,” said Ken Tonjes, chief administrative officer of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. “It recognizes our caregivers’ diligence to provide our patients’ with the highest-quality, safe care. It’s just another example of the superior care our community members can expect at our local medical center.”



Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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