Press Release - March 24, 2005

For Immediate Release

March 24, 2005


John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


TYLER, TX -- Trinity Mother Frances Health System announced today that it has joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives Campaign, the first-ever national campaign to save 100,000 lives by implementing proven health care improvement techniques. The Campaign aims to enlist more than 1,600 hospitals across the country in the next 18 months to reach this goal.

The Campaign was formally unveiled in December 2004, and has already been endorsed by such distinguished health care organizations as the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the North Carolina State Hospital Association; and by such noteworthy health care providers as Ascension Health, SSM Health Care, and the Veterans Health Administration.

"We are organizing a world-class campaign to elect quality," said Dr. Donald Berwick, President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). "The health care organizations that join this campaign are not only demonstrating their commitment to improvement but their determination to put proven, life-saving improvement techniques into action."

"Trinity Mother Frances Health System has implemented many quality improvement efforts over the last several years," said Steven P. Keuer, MD, executive vice president, Trinity Mother Frances Health System. "Joining the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives Campaign is exciting for our Health System because it closely mirrors our ongoing efforts in improving patient treatment and care."

Health care facilities that choose to participate in the Campaign commit to implement some or all of the following six quality improvement changes:

· Deploy Rapid Response Teams - by allowing any staff member, regardless of position in the chain of command, to call upon a specialty team to examine a patient at the first sign of decline.
· Deliver Reliable Evidence-Based Care for Acute Myocardial Infarction - by consistently delivering key measures - including early administration of aspirin and beta-blockers - that prevent patient deaths from heart attack.
· Prevent Adverse Drug Events - by implementing medication reconciliation, which requires that a list of all of a patient's medications (even for unrelated illnesses) be compiled and reconciled to ensure that the patient is given (or prescribed) the right medications at the correct dosages - at admission, discharge and before transferring a patient to another care unit.
· Prevent Central Line Infections - by consistently delivering five interdependent, scientifically grounded steps collectively called the "Central Line Bundle."
· Prevent Surgical Site Infections - by reliably delivering the correct perioperative antibiotics, maintaining glucose levels and avoiding shaving hair at the surgical site.
· Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia - by implementing five interdependent, scientifically grounded steps collectively called the "Ventilator Bundle" - such as elevating the head of the hospital bed by 30 degrees - thereby dramatically reducing mortality and length of stay in the Intensive Care Unit.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world. Founded in 1991 and based in Cambridge, MA, IHI is a catalyst for change, cultivating innovative concepts for improving patient care and implementing programs for putting those ideas into action. Thousands of health care providers, including many of the finest hospitals in the world, participate in IHI's groundbreaking work.

To learn more about the 100,000 Lives Campaign, go to For more information on services provided through Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit or visit TeleCare Plus at 903-531-5678.

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