FCH joins 'Raising the Bar' hospital initiative

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Fayette County Hospital has become a participant in a new quality initiative established by the Illinois Hospital Association.
The program, called “Raising the Bar,” is an initiative to raise the level of health care quality and make Illinois a national leader in quality care and patient safety.
Greg Starnes, chief executive officer of FCH, indicated that the hospital has pledged to share best practices and implement new methods to prevent and reduce infections and other complications and unnecessary hospital readmissions.
Marci Barth, chief nursing officer at FCH, said: “By participating in IHA’s new Quality Care Institute, our hospital will share in the opportunity to access data, tools and best practices with other hospitals across the state. Implementing these best practices will improve the quality outcomes for our patients, which is our No. 1 goal. We are committed to ensure that every patient gets the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.”
The hospital will join nearly 200 other hospitals in the state in working to develop and collaborate on programs that will reduce 30-day hospital readmission rates for congestive heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia, and reduce hospital-acquired conditions such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA), C. Difficile, central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, surgical-site infections,  deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism following certain orthopedic procedures.
Questions may be directed to Barth or Starnes at the hospital. The telephone number is 283-1231. The hospital’s website is www.fayettecountyhospital.org.