The Race for Results Program, 2010
January 2010, our entry "Improving Reliability in the Medication Management Process" was named one of the TOP 10 finalists in the Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA) Race for Results Program. Among 35 entries in this year's program, we were among the Top 10 finalists for demonstrated outstanding performance improvement results relating to medication safety. The project required our organization to demonstrate at least six months of documented clinical, financial and/or operational improvement results. We were required to show evidence impacting the delivery of safe, effective, and/or efficient care. The goal of this three-plus year project was to improve reliability and reduce variation throughout the medication management process. Medication safety remains one of our top priorities.
The Joint Commission Accreditation, 2011
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating high compliance with The Joint Commission’s national hospital accreditation standards for healthcare quality and safety. Accreditation shows our community that we are committed to providing high quality care.
We received high marks from The Joint Commission in all areas, including patient safety, infection control, and medication monitoring and error prevention.
Our accreditation by The Joint Commission was part of a consolidated accreditation and licensure survey process that includes the California Department of Public Health, the Joint Commission and the Institute of Medical Quality. For more information, visit The Joint Commission’s quality website at: www.qualitycheck.org
Medication Error Reduction Plan Survey, 2012
A Medication Error Reduction Plan (MERP) survey was conducted at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland by the California Department of Public Health in February 2012. This state inspection is required for licensure at all general acute care hospitals, surgical clinics and specialty hospitals.
The triennial survey is made unannounced, within 90 days after a hospital is notified of the upcoming survey. The MERP survey is a comprehensive, organization-wide look at medication error reduction policies, practices, plans and processes. The surveyors look closely at hospital processes, including how medication safety for patients is assured through use of technology such as electronic order entry procedures.
MERP surveyors were impressed by our staff’s knowledge of medication error reduction practices. Surveyors found no violations. Medication safety is a high priority at Children’s.
Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, 2012
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland renewed its Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program accreditation through the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) in April 2012. FACT accreditation demonstrates organizational commitment to achieving the highest quality cellular therapy treatment program.
Accreditation requirements include measuring the quality of cellular therapy treatments by looking at clinical care, donor management, cell collection, cell processing, cell storage, cell transportation and administration. Children’s Hospital met all requirements of the on-site evaluation.
In October 2008, Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland received the Medal of Honor for Organ Donation from the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in recognition of Children’s commitment to saving lives by reaching the goal of 75% or higher donation rates in a single continuous 12 month period. Donation rates refer to the number of patients who are medically suitable to be considered for donation and whose families actually choose to become donors.
To increase organ and tissue donation, and to assure appropriate quality processes and procedures are in place, Children’s Hospital coordinates its organ donation efforts with the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.
College of American Pathologists Accreditation
The Department of Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Medicine was awarded accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) in December 2009.
Leapfrog Hospital Survey
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland is participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Leapfrog is a nonprofit organization representing the interests of employers, healthcare purchasers and consumers whose goal is improving healthcare quality and affordability.
Leapfrog survey participation contributes to public accountability and transparency and demonstrates Children’s commitment to high performance in structure, process and quality outcomes.
Children’s submitted our 2010 Leapfrog Hospital Survey results in June of 2010, which reflect our progress in meeting the quality and outcome measures. To view Children’s Leapfrog survey results visit: www.leapfroggroup.org.
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