DMC is Tops Again in Leapfrog Patient Safety Scores

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All four adult care DMC hospitals earned A’s for Patient Safety in scores just released today by The Leapfrog Group. This is the sixth year DMC hospitals have been honored with top grades.

The A grades mean that DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University/Hutzel Women’s Hospital, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital and DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital excel nationally in protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) received the top grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2014 Safety Score, representing the DMC’s continued commitment to delivering safe, high-quality healthcare services to the Metropolitan Detroit community. The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score is a rating system designed to give consumers information they can use to make healthcare decisions for themselves or a loved one.

“Every day, our team of more than 13,000 colleagues is focused on improving outcomes and enhancing the safety of the care we deliver,” said DMC CEO Joe Mullany. “We are proud to receive “A” grades in safety again from The Leapfrog Group, as we believe it reflects the hard work of our team to position our hospitals as leading, trusted providers of care for the patients we are privileged to serve.”

“Leapfrog’s continued recognition of DMC’s best patient safety practices demonstrates our focus and adoption of key processes across all our DMC facilities,” said DMC Chief Medical Officer Suzanne White, M.D. “We are committed to being a high reliability organization and this is an acknowledgement of our aspiration to deliver patient care with zero harm.” she said.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31 percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

The Leapfrog patient safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. See the Complete List of Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores

DMC named among Top Social Media Friendly Hospitals

badge_2014_social_mediaThis month, DMC was named one of the Top Social Media Friendly Hospitals by Nurse Journal. The DMC was one of more than 800 hospitals reviewed across the country. “Our social media presence is strong – with more than 10,000 likes on both Facebook and Twitter, and a large following on Youtube, Instagram, Vimeo, Google Plus, and LinkedIn,” said DMC Social Media Manager Ed Bottomley.

In an article on the rankings at NurseJournal.org, the group stated: “Having a strong social media presence is a great way to connect with your customers and build your brand. This is especially important for hospitals because patients often seek out the hospitals they perceive to be the most competent and advanced. Publishing cutting-edge information about new treatments and therapies provides convincing evidence to prospective patients that the hospital they are considering is keeping up with the latest advancements.”

You can read the article HERE.

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DMC Heart Hospital first in U.S. to use new device to treat vascular disease

DMC Heart Hospital and CardioVascular Institute specialists, l-r, Drs. Kaki, Schreiber and Elder

DMC Heart Hospital and CardioVascular Institute specialists, l-r, Drs. Kaki, Schreiber and Elder

Doctors at the DMC Heart Hospital this week became the first in the United States to use a new device that allows minimally invasive treatment for advanced peripheral arterial disease.

When a patient arrived at DMC Heart Hospital complaining of severe leg pain, DMC’s Dr. Theodore Schreiber and Dr. Mahir Elder treated her using the Lutonix ® 035 Drug Coated Balloon PTA Catheter (DCB), the first and only DCB approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“This demonstrates the dedication of DMC Heart Hospital to provide cutting edge technology which is cost effective in combating cardiovascular disease,” said Schreiber, President of DMC Heart Hospital. “In the U.S., this advanced technology was available first at DMC Heart Hospital.”

When Dr. Elder discovered the patient had an 85 percent blockage in a femoral artery, he used the Bard Lutonix to remove the blockage, providing a painless procedure that lasted only 30 minutes.

Dr. Elder is an award-winning physician who has performed thousands of successful procedures for patients with threatening arterial blockages or PAD, Peripheral Arterial Disease. “This new, non-surgical technology will help improve circulation in the leg. DMC Heart hospital is the number one metro area hospital treating PAD with minimally invasive techniques,” he said. “This new tool is going to help PAD patients greatly, because the medication that is included on the balloon significantly enhances its ability to remove arterial blockages.”

Peripheral Arterial Disease in the femoropopliteal artery, a life-threatening condition, affects millions of Americans by narrowing arteries and reducing blood flow to the limbs, according to American Heart Association (AHA) estimates.

“Just For You” – A Free Program for Women Living with the Cancer Experience

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital is hosting a free program for women living with the cancer experience.

The 12th Annual Just For You event will take place on Friday, October 17 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Mystic Creek Golf Club, located at 1 Champions Circle in Milford.

DSC02472Through a collaboration with the hospital’s Charach Cancer Treatment Center, up to 180 women will have an opportunity to attend this one-day educational symposium to share experiences and knowledge on cancer care. The day will include:

A speakers panel featuring:

A resources panel with representation from:

Musical as Therapy from Three Men and a Tenor, local comedy-vocal a cappella group.

Free lunch and valet parking is available for all attendees. Those who are interested in registering for the event should call (248) 937-3514.

Alta Gordon’s CNOtes

IMG_3650Here it is, my inaugural blog. First, I want to thank the many staff who participated in assisting me with naming my blog. The enthusiasm was overwhelming and greatly appreciated. There were a total of forty-six suggested names submitted for consideration. After receiving input from the nursing directors, the list was paired down to the top five. The top five suggestions were presented to the members of the Coordinating Council who voted for the final name selection.

Jason Spaulding MICU RN, is the nurse who submitted CNOtes as the suggested blog title. Jason, Bunmi Oyeleye, Director, and myself celebrated by dining at the Cadillac Grille. We had a great time getting to know each other.

So my blog begins. My purpose for starting this blog is to communicate key and essential information related to nursing and nursing practice. I want to keep you informed. My plan is to update you bi-monthly. Your feedback is essential as to how nurses deliver care and how we as an institution care for you.

Feel free to approach me when I am rounding or come to my office in Nursing Administration to share your concerns, ideas, and/or celebrations. I do have an open door policy but if I am not currently in the office, please ask one of the assistants to schedule an appointment.

I do have one request, please take the time and complete the DRH Employee Engagement Survey. (September 29th – October 19th). As a reminder, these survey results are confidential. With your valuable feedback, together we can implement the appropriate changes that will optimize nursing practice and our work environment.

Remember to check the blog for my next message during the holidays in December.

Laughter, pride, anticipation as DMC breaks ground on new Children’s Hospital of Michigan-Troy

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Smiling, healthy, happy children joined officials from Oakland County, the City of Troy and DMC executives, physicians and staff Thursday morning at the groundbreaking for the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Troy, David K. Page Building.

DMC CEO Joe Mullany and Children’s CEO Larry Gold helped welcome everyone to the ceremony. Parents whose children had been treated at Children’s Hospital were among the guests and speakers.

The $42 million, 3-story, 63,000 square-foot facility will be prominent on West Big Beaver Road and will bring the expertise of Children’s Hospital to patients in and around Oakland County.

The hospital is named for long-time board member and friend to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the late David K. Page. “Having the building carry his name will be a lasting legacy to his leadership and commitment to children, and we are grateful to DMC CEO Joe Mullany for his support of this fitting tribute,” said Erica Gerson, chair of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Board of Trustees.

Smiling, healthy, happy children joined officials from Oakland County, the City of Troy and DMC executives, physicians and staff Thursday morning at the groundbreaking for the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Troy, David K. Page Building.

DMC CEO Joe Mullany and Children’s CEO Larry Gold helped welcome everyone to the ceremony. Parents whose children had been treated at Children’s Hospital were among the guests and speakers.

The $42 million, 3-story, 63,000 square-foot facility will be prominent on West Big Beaver Road and will bring the expertise of Children’s Hospital to patients in and around Oakland County.

The hospital is named for long-time board member and friend to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the late David K. Page. “Having the building carry his name will be a lasting legacy to his leadership and commitment to children, and we are grateful to DMC CEO Joe Mullany for his support of this fitting tribute,” said Erica Gerson, chair of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Board of Trustees.

The new hospital will be completed in just over a year and will provide a 24/7 pediatric emergency room, day surgery and multiple pediatric medical and surgical specialties especially for children, including cancer and infusion therapy, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, urology, imaging and lab services.

“Having Children’s Hospital of Michigan services like these located closer to home for so many of the patients we serve will help make the lives of many families just a bit easier,” Larry Gold said.

“Having Children’s Hospital of Michigan services like these located closer to home for so many of the patients we serve will help make the lives of many families just a bit easier,” Larry Gold said.

“Mama Palooza” event to help expectant mothers prevent preterm births

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Detroit mothers and mothers-to-be can ensure the best possible healthy start for their children by attending the Mama Palooza on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is sponsored by Make Your Date, the citywide initiative launched by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to help Detroit’s expectant mothers deliver healthy full-term babies and reduce the rate of premature birth.

Mothers and expectant mothers will be able to learn more about the Make Your Date program, sign up as patients in the program and sign up for appropriate insurance coverage. There will be free ice cream, giveaways, museum tours and valet parking. Mayor Duggan will be at the event as well to welcome guests.

Make Your Date welcomes first new baby!

The Make Your Date program already is delivering results. Daniella Page, one of the first women to enroll in Make Your Date, delivered her healthy, full-term baby boy on Thursday, August 28th. As a participant in the program, Daniella received cervical length screening and group prenatal care. She and her baby, Daniel, will be at the Mama Palooza event to share her positive experience with prospective Make Your Date mothers.

“I’m so proud of Daniella for signing up for the program and thrilled that Make Your Date has helped her to deliver a happy, healthy baby,” Mayor Duggan said. “Any woman who is expecting and who may be risk for pre-term delivery should come out to hear Daniella’s story and enroll in Make Your Date.”

“We want mothers-to-be in Detroit to know that Make Your Date is here to help ensure their baby has the healthiest start possible in life,” said Sonia Hassan, M.D., Associate Dean for Maternal, Perinatal and Child Health at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, who leads the Make Your Date program with Detroit Public Health Director Vernice Anthony. “Mama Palooza serves as a day of hope, introducing the city’s women to this groundbreaking program and the vital resources they should all take advantage of through contact with our dedicated civic and health care partners, who are all passionate about lowering the city’s unacceptable pre-term birth rate.”

In Detroit, 18 percent of babies are born prematurely, a rate nearly 6 percent higher than the state average. Studies show that low birth weight accounts for almost 50 percent of the city’s infant mortality rate of 14 deaths in every 1,000 births, twice the national average.

The Make Your Date campaign launched in May provides a consistent approach among local health care providers in how they deliver support and care to expectant mothers.

Expectant mothers who sign on to Make Your Date will have access to a range of support and evidence-based medical services made available at no additional cost through the DMC, St. John Providence and Henry Ford Health System, including connecting future mothers to prenatal care providers; preterm birth prevention education classes; regular ultrasounds for all pregnant women, which can identify the potential need for progesterone, a treatment that may reduce the risk of preterm birth by 45 percent in women with a short cervix; and group prenatal care for expecting mothers.

The Make Your Date campaign asks expectant mothers to do three things:

• Make a doctor’s appointment to begin regular checkups.

• Work with Make Your Date and their provider to develop a “healthy mother, healthy baby” plan, which includes everything from testing and treatment to nutrition and rest.

• Join group prenatal care or pregnancy education classes, where they get support and information and can share questions, ideas and concerns.

Make Your Date is a not-for-profit organization.

To learn more about Make Your Date visit http://www.MakeYourDate.org or call 313-577-1000.