Kansas City, Mo. – St. Joseph Medical Center and its sister organization, St. Mary’s
Medical Center, are among seven hospitals in the Kansas City Metro area
selected to participate in a national program designed to focus on improved
models of care for national reform in health care.
The program, Aligning Forces for Quality Hospital Quality Network, is a
quality improvement network of over 130 hospitals aimed to address the
need to improve the quality, efficiency and equity of care delivered not
only in Kansas City, but also in hospitals across the country. St. Joseph
and St. Mary’s Medical Centers are participating with the Kansas
City Quality Improvement Collaborative and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
(RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated to improving
the health and health care of all Americans, to support efforts to improve
health care quality.
The program includes three separate quality improvement initiatives aimed
at helping hospitals tackle key issues like racial and ethnic disparities,
time spent in Emergency Departments (EDs) or readmissions of patients
recently discharged. The Carondelet Health facilities have teams participating
in all three areas.
“Our nation is always seeking ways to improve patient care,”
says Scott Kashman, CEO, St. Joseph Medical Center. “Our selection
into this program is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our
staff and physicians, and our continued focus on efficiency, effectiveness,
and quality outcomes.”
Hospital teams in the program will pilot and test quality improvement strategies
over an 18-month period. In all, 17 regions of the country have been designated
as part of Aligning Forces. In each region, a range of efforts to help
doctors, nurses and hospitals improve quality – as well as engage
consumers to be better patients – is being tested.
St. Joseph Medical Center is an acute care facility of Carondelet Health
(CarondeletHealth.org) which also includes St. Mary’s Medical Center,
three long-term care facilities and home care services. Carondelet Health
is dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our commitment to
human dignity compels us to provide compassionate, quality healthcare
for body, mind and spirit, with a special concern for the poor. We are
responsible stewards serving the needs of all people from conception to
death. Carondelet Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s
largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.