Kirby Medical Center nets innovation award

Kirby Medical Group Clinic’s “Age Well, Live Well: Healthy at Every Age” program was awarded the 2017 Hospital “Innovation of the Year” designation by the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network during ceremonies held Nov. 14 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign.

Participants were encouraged to submit innovations implemented at their respective hospitals which initiated a new approach to improve patient relationships, implement a new process flow or life-safety improvement, find a creative way to motivate and inspire staff, or foster a successful community project.

“Age Well, Live Well: Healthy Living at Every Age” is a program established in the Kirby Medical Group Clinic for senior patients and their families. The program was developed to provide senior patients with information about the Medicare Shared Savings program ACO in which KMC participates and also provide them with useful resources. Literature was created to help KMC’s senior patients understand their changing needs.

“This program is exactly the kind of innovation thinking we are looking for…a means to keep our populations healthier,” said Pat Schou, ICAHN Executive Director. “Kirby Medical did an exceptional job creating, implementing, marketing and providing necessary materials for the advancement of this program in years to come.”

Kirby Medical Center participates in the Illinois Rural Community Care Organization. This Medicare Shared Saving Program ACO is a team effort with the healthcare provider and Medicare to give patients better, more coordinated care. As part of that effort, KMC organized workshops, the Senior Health Fair, and distributed educational materials and guidebooks. Educational presentations were offered every Wednesday morning during the month of May and concluded with an all-day free Senior Wellness Fair that was open to the public.

Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, won Honorable Mention Honors for its “In the Kitchen With Ashley” free monthly healthy cooking class.

Honored for excellence
ICAHN also recognized Kirby Medical Center for its ongoing commitment to exceptional quality of care on Nov. 14.

As part of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP), Kirby Medical Center and other critical access hospitals were asked to voluntarily participate in four defined domains of quality outcomes. These four domains include: Patient Safety/Inpatient; Patient Engagement; Care Transitions; and Outpatient Measures.

“Often, in rural hospitals, having a devoted staff member to abstract and submit this data can be both time-consuming and burdensome,” said Angie Charlet, ICAHN Director of Quality, Educational Services, and Compliance. “This hospital realizes how important quality of care and an engaged staff is for its patients…From its top leadership on throughout the facility, each strives for continued quality on a daily basis, and that is what we are celebrating today.”

Kirby Medical Center was recognized for its quality of care outcomes (for participating in all measures in all four domains) and for demonstrating top performance over two quarters in any domain (as is demonstrated by quality score greater than 95 percent.

“We are very proud of our team for achieving this level of excellence in health quality,” said Steve Tenhouse, CEO. “This is truly a team effort that recognizes our dedication to delivering a healthcare experience that our patients and staff can be proud of.”

ICAHN is a network of 55 small rural Illinois hospitals dedicated to strengthening the

operations of its member hospitals through collaboration. The organization is composed

of Illinois hospitals who have earned critical access hospital designation by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ICAHN is recognized nationally for its work with rural healthcare and administers several state, federal, and private healthcare programs. The ICAHN office is located in Princeton and serves critical access hospitals across Illinois and is a nationally recognized state rural health network.


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