GHS recognized for reducing hospital readmissions

Several hospitals within Greenville Health System were recently recognized for significantly reducing readmission rates for Medicare patients with certain diagnoses.

Greenville Memorial Hospital, Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, Patewood Memorial Hospital, Greer Memorial Hospital, Baptist Easley Hospital and Oconee Medical Center have reduced readmissions for Medicare patients by 20 percent over a two-year period. This reduction applies to Medicare patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure and pneumonia.

Specific reductions by hospital are as follows:

• Baptist Easley Hospital: Heart failure, pneumonia

• Greenville Memorial Hospital: AMI

• Greer Memorial Hospital: Heart failure

• Hillcrest Memorial Hospital: COPD, heart failure, pneumonia

• Oconee Medical Center: AMI, COPD

• Patewood Memorial Hospital: AMI, COPD, heart failure, pneumonia

The hospitals’ achievements were recognized in Columbia during a statewide meeting attended by more than 300 healthcare professionals.

These reduced readmission rates were made possible through collaboration with Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART), an organization that links medical and community organizations working to keep patients living with chronic diseases at home. PART provides educational resources for providers across the state, along with opportunities to share experiences, innovations and best practices.

PART was established in September 2012 by the South Carolina Hospital Association, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Health Sciences South Carolina and the state’s Medicare quality organization, The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence.

“We are very proud of the progress South Carolina hospitals have made in reducing avoidable readmissions,” said Lorri Gibbons, RN, vice president for quality and patient safety at the South Carolina Hospital Association.

“Partnering together and connecting into the larger community is an innovative and effective approach that has proven successful. The PART program plays an important role in our overall goal to provide safe, high quality care for every patient.”

5,031 avoidable readmissions have been prevented since the program began.

About Greenville Health System

Greenville Health System (GHS) — an academic health system that is the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in South Carolina — is committed to medical excellence through research, patient care and education. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout the Upstate. The 1,358-bed system is home to 15 medical residency and fellowship programs. GHS is also home to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, a joint effort of USC and GHS. Visit ghs.org for more information.

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