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LifePoint Health’s National Quality Program Featured in Peer Reviewed Journal

LifePoint Health’s National Quality Program (NQP) was featured in the July 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, a nationally recognized peer-reviewed journal publication.

The NQP is a collaboration between LifePoint Health, a member of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), and Duke University Health System. The program has led to significant patient safety improvements across the LifePoint network, including a greater than 60 percent reduction in aggregate patient harm.

It all starts when hospitals enroll in the program and begin working with Duke and LifePoint quality coaches to evaluate and strengthen their quality programs and processes. Following an initial evaluation, the hospital creates a plan and begins to deploy changes that will help it achieve quality improvement benchmarks and establish long-term solutions to sustain its results.

So far this initiative has helped create a highly reliable culture of safety and drive enhancements across the LifePoint system, which includes a decrease in hospital-acquired infections by 78 percent for urinary tract infections, 58 percent for sepsis infections, and 73 percent for pneumonia from 2010 to 2017.

The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to providing health professionals with the information they need to promote the quality and safety of health care. You can read the article about the NQP by clicking here.