Initiative to Reduce Readmissions for Cardiac Care

Published On 01/25/2011

Memphis, Tenn. - Methodist South Hospital announces its selection by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to participate in the Aligning Forces for Quality Hospital Quality Network (AF4Q Hospital Quality Network), a quality improvement network of over 130 hospitals aimed to address the need to improve the quality, efficiency and equity of care delivered in hospitals nationwide. Methodist South’s 18-month initiative will specifically concentrate on improving congestive heart failure care, reducing racial and ethnic disparities and ultimately reducing avoidable readmissions.

"Because we serve a large population of minority cardiac patients, we are eager to participate in this initiative," said Michael Ugwueke, CEO, Methodist South Hospital. "By participating in the Hospital Quality Network, Methodist South will be on the frontline of improving patient care and increasing efficiency to produce better outcomes for patients in our community and nationwide."

As a participant in the Reducing Readmissions component, Methodist South will be positioned to make significant changes to improve the quality of cardiac care with a specific goal of reducing readmission rates. The initiative will focus on cardiac care because whether experiencing a heart attack, heart failure or other conditions, the recommended standard of care for cardiac patients is clear and accepted among medical professionals nationwide.

Funded by RWJF, the AF4Q Hospital Quality Network is overseen by the Center for Health Care Quality at The George Washington University Medical Center School of Public Health and Health Services, which serves as the national program office for the Aligning Forces for Quality initiative.

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