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Botsford Hospital Chosen to Participate in National Project to Reduce "Rehospitalizations"

Farmington Hills, Mich. (July 20, 2009)---Botsford Hospital has been selected to participate in a three-state project that will seek to reduce the number of people who must be readmitted to the hospital for clinical reasons related to the initial hospitalization.  
 
The project targets unplanned, related “rehospitalizations,” which are readmissions that are not expected/scheduled, but whose reason is clinically related to the initial admission. The pilot project, named STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR), seeks to reduce 30-day rehospitalization rates (patients being hospitalized again within 30 days of discharge) by 30 percent, while increasing patient and family satisfaction with transitions and coordination of care. 
 
In addition to Botsford, nine other independent Michigan hospitals and select hospitals within five Michigan hospital systems, as well as hospitals in Washington and Massachusetts, are participating in the STAAR project. Michigan’s efforts are being coordinated by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality and MPRO (Michigan’s Quality Improvement Organization). Technical assistance is being provided by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), whose efforts are supported by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund. 
 
The project aims to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations by improving patient care transitions (the process of moving a patient from the hospital setting to home care or another health care setting) through enhanced patient communication and timely follow-ups after hospital discharge. 
 
“Botsford Hospital is honored to participate in this initiative to improve patient care across the health care continuum throughout southern Oakland and western Wayne counties,” says David Walters, D.O., Botsford Hospital Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. “We are committed to the highest quality of care at Botsford Hospital and to pursuing innovative efforts that lead to the best outcomes for our patients.” 
 
The pilot project hospitals have pledged to commit significant staff time, resources and leadership at all levels of their organization to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations. Each hospital will focus on achieving: 
· enhanced assessment of post-discharge needs 
· enhanced teaching and learning for patients by the acute-care team 
· enhanced communication at discharge between the hospital and the provider 
assuming care for the patient 
· timely follow-up after hospital discharge 
 
In addition, hospitals will form transition teams that will develop processes to reduce hospital readmissions. Transition teams will be comprised of participating hospitals and representatives from other health care settings, as well as community groups, patients and caregivers. 
 
Linda Fitzgerald-Mays, Director, Botsford Hospital Clinical Outcomes Management, says, “For the past two years, we have been focusing on rehospitalization through quarterly meetings with local nursing homes that provide high patient volumes. The group looks at what is and is not working and what can be done differently to decrease rehospitalizations. Joining the STAAR project is an additional way we can identify and reduce avoidable rehospitalizations and work to improve patient care by effectively transitioning patients from hospital care to their home or long-term-care facilities.”

Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.

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