The Department of Health and Human Services Launches Patient-Safety Initiative
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) today announced that it has joined the Administration’s Partnership for Patients, a public-private partnership designed to improve patient safety within hospitals that was launched this week by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
“We are pleased to be a part of this partnership to improve patient safety,” said Kelvin A. Baggett, M.D., Tenet's chief medical officer. “This partnership is consistent with our on-going commitment to improve the care we provide to our patients and with our goal of becoming the safest provider of care in the communities we serve. We see the Partnership for Patients as a logical extension of Tenet’s Commitment to Quality which we launched in 2003.”
Tenet’s Commitment to Quality strives to improve both the quality of medical care and patient safety by evaluating processes and promoting best practices. This includes evidence-based medicine and stresses continuous performance improvement.
The Department of Health and Human Services anticipates this new program could save 60,000 lives over the next three years and save up to $50 billion in Medicare costs over the next decade. The partnership's two main goals are to lower the number of preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40% and reduce preventable hospital readmissions by 20% by the end of 2013, compared with 2010.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation is a health care services company whose subsidiaries and affiliates own and operate acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and diagnostic imaging centers. Tenet’s hospitals and related healthcare facilities are committed to providing high quality care to patients in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.tenethealth.com.
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