Dignity Health Saves $30M, Positively Affects 10K Patients

National health system selected to participate in the Partnership for Patients' Hospital Engagement Network for the third consecutive year

SAN FRANCISCO - April 8, 2014 - Dignity Health, one of the five largest hospital systems in the nation, today announced in two years it has reduced hospital-acquired infections and readmissions, positively affecting more than 10,000 patients and potentially saving an estimated $30 million, as a result of efforts across the hospital system from Jan. 2012 through Dec. 2013.

In recognition of the health system's ongoing successes, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services named Dignity Health as one of its Partnership for Patients' Hospital Engagement Networks for a third consecutive year to continue implementing changes that improve patient care. The Hospital Engagement Networks, formed by the federal Partnership for Patients initiative and made possible by the Affordable Care Act, is making significant strides towards better patient care at an affordable cost.

As one of 26 hospital organizations and associations that comprise the national Hospital Engagement Network, Dignity Health focused on providing better quality care across 10 patient safety areas that were identified through the partnership. Dignity Health is committed to every initiative across all its hospitals, including seven new measures just launched in January this year. The efforts implemented across Dignity Health hospitals reveal that the organization has reached its goal of improving patient care in six out of the 10 patient safety areas before the three year target date.

"The goals of the Partnership for Patients align with Dignity Health's mission and longstanding commitment to making hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly," said Barbara Pelletreau, senior vice president of patient safety, Dignity Health. "Through enhanced collaboration and coordination among our staff, we're seeing great results, and even more importantly, we've improved how care is delivered at Dignity Health hospitals."