Hospital Engagement Network (HEN)
In 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) selected 26 state, regional, national and hospital system organizations across the country to take part in a program designed to reduce millions of preventable injuries and complications from healthcare-acquired conditions. Ascension Health and all of its hospitals around the country (which includes our St. Vincent’s ministry in Jacksonville) are part of this “Hospital Engagement Network” initiative. St. Vincent’s along with the other hospital entities across the country are responsible for identifying solutions to prevent hospital-acquired conditions like pressure ulcers for instance and to then spread those solutions to other hospitals and healthcare providers. In the instance of avoiding pressure ulcers, St. Vincent’s HealthCare has proven to be a national model. Our quality indicators are 95% better than the national average and Ascension Health is using our standards of care as a model for preventing pressure ulcers at hospitals around the country. Our shared goal with Ascension Health and this initiative at large is to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions by 40 percent and reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. Achieving the objectives would mean approximately 1.8 million fewer injuries to patients in the hospital and saving over 60,000 lives. This project is being funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center.