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SEARHC Receives “Chasing Zero” Award

SITKA – Mountain-Pacific Quality Health presented the 2016 Chasing Zero Award to the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) at the fall Patient Safety Conference held at the BP Energy Center Friday, October 7, in Anchorage.

SEARHC’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka and nine other hospitals in Alaska received the award for reaching the measurement of at least 45 days without two of three Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) or reach 90 days or more without one of three HAIs. The three HAIs measured were catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated blood stream infections, and Clostridium difficile infections. SEARHC, along with this year’s other nine recipients, all far exceeded the award measurements with 120 days or more without an infection for one or more HAI.

The ten hospitals that received the award are:

  • Alaska Regional Hospital, Anchorage
  • Bartlett Regional Hospital, Juneau
  • Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna
  • Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Fairbanks
  • Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Palmer
  • SEARHC/Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, Sitka
  • PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, Ketchikan
  • Petersburg Medical Center, Petersburg
  • Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, Kodiak
  • Wrangell Medical Center, Wrangell

“We continue to focus on improving the quality of care at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital and we are delighted to be one of only nine hospitals to receive this award in Alaska,” said Jeff Prater, Hospital Administrator at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. Prater added, “The staff at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital is committed to protecting patients from all infections and takes every precaution to keep those risk factors to a minimum. It is clear that this commitment, which includes maintaining the highest quality standards, has been hugely successful as the numbers clearly bear out. SEARHC is proud to receive this recognition for protecting patients from preventable healthcare-associated infections. We thank Mountain-Pacific Quality Health for honoring Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital with the 2016 Chasing Zero Award.”