IHI, Catholic Health Partners Form Partnership

John Commins, December 6, 2010

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Catholic Health Partners have announced that they have formed a partnership to reduce preventable harm throughout CHP's nine regional health systems.

Cambridge, MA-based IHI will work with CHP—the largest health system in Ohio, and with 34 hospitals in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania—on a large-scale patient safety initiative in model hospitals to spread best practice improvements across the CHP organization.

The independent, not-for-profit IHI and CHP have already began the first phase of the partnership, which is based on the Institute of Medicine's six Aims for Improvement—healthcare that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable.

"This partnership with Catholic Health Partners provides an extraordinary opportunity to take evidence-based improvements to scale in the states served by Catholic Health Partners," said IHI President/CEO Maureen Bisognano. "We look forward to implementing this initiative and drawing on IHI's wealth of experience in spreading proven improvement practices across the United States and around the world."

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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