Care Facility Achieves Platinum Status

Posted on August 14, 2013

Erie County Care Facility has recently achieved platinum status in a patient safety initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and coordinated in our state by Ohio KePro, Ohio’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. The facility has been a driving force in the Nursing Home Healthcare-Acquired Conditions project, part of the Improving Individual Care Aim in the Medicare project. Facility has worked with healthcare providers across the state to achieve sustainable improvements in clinical systems and operating practices such as leadership, staffing, teamwork, and organizational culture.
 
The organization has enhanced its existing quality program by conducting initial and ongoing assessments of individual resident care plans and organizational workflow. By implementing evidence-based practices, the facility worked to improve the overall quality of care and quality of life for our residents. These changes were based on person-centered care principles that focused on the unique needs of each individual.

Facility goals in this project included learning new strategies form industry experts, networking with other long-term care providers, and obtaining education for staff at all levels. Participation in this project has helped the facility prepare for future changes in the long-term care industry.  By fostering an environment of openness and community in which we all teach and all learn, we can make healthcare better for all.