Ohio Children’s Hospital Initiative expands quality improvement outside state lines

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 27, 2015

In 2007, Ohio leaders were concerned about patient care within the state. Many thought healthcare spending had spiraled out of control and healthcare delivery models were inefficient. These weren’t just hospital CEOs or quality officers: they were CEOs of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Ohio who decided hospitals needed to do more to make the state one of the safest in the country.

Members of the Ohio Business Roundtable along with the Cardinal Health Foundation put into motion what would become the Ohio Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety (Ohio SPS), a statewide initiative that has since grown from eight Ohio hospitals in 2009 to 87 hospitals in more than 30 states in 2015. In February, the Ohio SPS announced that to date, the initiative had prevented serious harm in nearly 230 patient and eliminated nearly $6 million in excess costs within the state. Nationally, hospitals within the collaborative have prevented 2,500 instances of serious harm and saved more than $60 million.

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