Lincoln Medical Center is among a nationwide group of hospitals that participated in a successful initiative to increase patient safety by improving the processes and systems that facilities use to deliver health care.
Through the National Patient Safety Initiative (NPSI), [Hospital name] worked with Qsource, the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Tennessee, to establish an organizational culture that supports patient safety and to reduce surgical complications.
Lincoln Medical Center implemented changes to health care processes based on clinical evidence about effective prevention of surgical infections and deep vein thrombosis (a type of blood clot).
NPSI is an initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that leads the QIO Program and administers Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Qsource brings together Tennessee health care providers, patients and families, and other health quality stakeholders in initiatives designed to produce better care, better health, and lower health care costs through improvement. It is a member of CMS’ national network of 53 independent QIOs located in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Through the QIO Program, Qsource also is an integral part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Quality Strategy to transform the American health care delivery system.