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FMH named #1 in Quality Participation

FMH Quality Analyst, Luke McDaniel, who attended the Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care in Orlando

Fairfield Memorial Hospital is among 100 Illinois hospitals that voluntarily participate in the Illinois Hospital Association Hospital Engagement Network, and was recently rated #1 among the non-OB participating hospitals for their commitment and delivery of quality care during the HEN 2.0.  Illinois hospitals and health systems have made major strides in improving quality and patient safety, according to the Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality on the work of its Illinois Hospital Engagement Network (HEN).  In 2016 the 100 Illinois hospitals and health systems participating in the Illinois HEN 2.0 prevented 6,376 patient harms, with an associated cost savings of $104.3 million. The hospitals have recently finished HEN 2.0, where FMH showed their great commitment to making as many quality improvements.


“FMH has made substantial progress and has further improved the quality of care that patients receive.  As the #1 participating non-OB hospital, I am extremely proud, as this is no simple task,” said Katherine Bunting-Williams, FMH CEO. “I applaud the entire team at FMH including, but not limited to our team of providers, patient care staff, Quality Analyst, and supporting work groups for accelerating quality improvement, for improving patient safety and transforming our delivery of health care here at FMH.”


According to the latest results, FMH has achieved substantial compliance with reducing preventable readmissions, as well as reducing and maintaining acceptable benchmark standards for healthcare acquired infections.  FMH quality leaders have attended and presented at many IHA HEN events and navigated reviews of quality through IHA HEN site visits.


Due to FMH being named #1 (Non-OB hospital) among IHA’s top 20 hospitals in the HEN Scoring System, and FMH’s Quality Analyst, Luke McDaniel got to represent FMH at the IHI 28th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care held in Orlando.  On behalf of FMH, McDaniel received recognition for FMH’s quality advancements.  He received additional education on patient safety and greater quality improvement initiatives. McDaniel had the opportunity to share FMH’s ideas and join a force of great minds that will inspire and challenge FMH to further augment their commitment to a quality patient delivery system.


“This conference is more than a chance to network with nearly 5,000 health care professionals and gain actionable ideas for FMH. It’s also an opportunity to play a part in effecting real change in health care quality and safety,” stated McDaniel.


While in attendance McDaniel was invited to The Joint Commission reception and met with the President and CEO of The Joint Commission, Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H.  In a note to Luke McDaniel following this special reception, Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, President and CEO of The Joint Commission, stated, “We are grateful for your ongoing support of the Center’s mission of transforming health care into a high reliability industry and our highly effective solutions to health care’s most critical safety and quality problems. I look forward to continuing the journey to high reliability with you in 2017,”


“I am extremely proud of the quality we deliver to our patients.  We are appreciative of the recognition received from the IHA HEN and The Joint Commission, which solidifies a significant accomplishment for our hospital,” stated Katherine Bunting-Williams, Ph.D., FMH CEO.