Shore Health Systems
Shore Health System

Shore Health System Wins 2012 Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation
April 3rd, 2012

Shore Health System is the 2012 winner of the Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation for its Target Zero initiative, which is reducing healthcare-associated infections and saving patient lives.

The Minogue Award, which was presented at the 8th Annual Maryland Patient Safety Conference in Baltimore on April 3, was created by the Maryland Patient Safety Center Board of Directors to recognize an organization that has made a demonstrable difference in patient safety through an innovative solution. It is named for the Center's first President and Executive Director William Minogue, MD, FACP, to honor his enduring contributions and passion for improving patient care and safety.

Commenting on being the 2012 Minogue Award winner, President and CEO Kenneth Kozel says, "Target Zero is another example of our team embracing the organization's mission. From the parking lot to the board room, everyone knows what Target Zero is and how they contribute to it. It's an honor to receive this recognition as confirmation that we do, indeed, provide exceptional care, every day."

Target Zero, designed and implemented by Shore Health System, is a well-planned initiative that has saved lives by reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). In 2009, after examining the infection rates at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge and the Memorial Hospital at Easton, the Shore Health Senior Leadership Team challenged the organization to "reach zero" and eliminate all HAIs. Thus began Target Zero, the system-wide patient safety initiative.

The initiative was based on a comprehensive educational plan designed to help staff members understand how their role and their work processes can prevent infections, which is reflected in the slogan Target Zero: It Begins with Me. Whether an individual is a bedside caregiver or a member of the housekeeping staff, every single Shore Health employee, physician and volunteer has accepted responsibility and is part of the Target Zero team.

Unlike many other organizations, Shore Health didn't focus strictly on HAIs in the intensive care units of its hospitals. Target Zero encompasses all departments throughout the system, including the inpatient acute hospitals, all outpatient centers in a four-county region and a home health agency. Organizational resources, both human and financial, were deployed for increasing hand hygiene compliance and eliminating device-related infections, mainly central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).

Thanks to the Target Zero initiative, Shore Health System has experienced extended periods of time with zero infections, in particular CLABSI, CAUTI, and VAP. Each ICU and many other hospital-based nursing units, including the home care and hospice team, have gone for periods of over a year (some even greater than two or three years) without a device-related infection. Additionally, Shore Health has seen reductions in every other healthcare-associated infection tracked, including MRSA, C-Diff, and VRE.

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