Kennedy Health System Achieves Mentor Status in Partnership for Patients – New Jersey
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mentor Status

The New Jersey Hospital Association has announced that the Kennedy University Hospital achieved Mentor Status for its work in the Partnership for Patients – New Jersey initiative. Mentor status means that Kennedy received the highest score in one or more of the healthcare-acquired conditions being measured by Partnership for Patients – New Jersey.

Dr. David V. Condoluci, Kennedy’s Vice President for Quality & Safety, said the multi-hospital health system is gratified to be acknowledged for its efforts: “We’ve worked hard at Kennedy to maintain and build a safe environment for our patients. Achieving Mentor Status showcases our dedication to furthering the mission of Partnership for Patients – providing patients with safer healthcare that’s free of adverse events.”

In December 2011, through Medicare and Medicaid Services, NJHA brought the Partnership for Patients initiative to New Jersey as part of a “Hospital Engagement Network,” or HEN. Sixty-three of the state’s 72 acute care facilities joined HEN, and the NJHA’s effort was among 26 HEN networks established nationwide.

Statewide, Partnership for Patients - New Jersey participants averted 9,206 adverse patient events in 2013 and saved up to $125 million in healthcare costs. In the project’s first year, adverse drug events dropped by 50 percent; surgical site infections decreased by 59 percent; and the incidence of pressure ulcers was reduced by 43 percent. Of the 10 healthcare-acquired conditions being tracked, every area has posted a decrease since the beginning of the Partnership for Patients initiative.

For patients, these efforts have resulted in healthcare that is safer, more efficient and, ultimately, more affordable. Based on this work, and reflected in the data, patients in a New Jersey hospital today are less likely to develop a post-surgical infection; experience an adverse event from improper medication or a fall; get pneumonia, a urinary tract infection or a bloodstream infection while hospitalized; or develop a pressure ulcer. To learn more about Kennedy’s role in New Jersey’s initiative, please visit www.njha.com/pfp