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Portage Health only U.P. hospital chosen for rehospitalization project

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Note: This was originally posted on: 07/24/2009

HANCOCK — Portage Health is the only Upper Peninsula hospital that has been selected to participate in a three-state project that will seek to reduce the number of people who must be readmitted to the hospital for clinical reasons related to the initial hospitalization.

The project targets unplanned, related “rehospitalizations,” which are readmissions that are not expected/scheduled, but whose reason is clinically related to the initial admission. The pilot project, named STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR), seeks to reduce 30-day rehospitalization rates (patients being hospitalized again within 30 days of discharge) by 30 percent, while increasing patient and family satisfaction with transitions and coordination of care.

Hospitals in Michigan, Washington and Massachusetts are participating in the STAAR project and Michigan’s efforts are being coordinated by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality and MPRO (Michigan’s Quality Improvement Organization).

"Providing the highest quality of care is our top priority and we welcome opportunities such as this to identify where improvements can be made," said Betty MacInnes, Portage Health Vice President for Quality Management. "We're excited to be chosen to participate in this project and make a difference in the lives of our patients."

Ten independent Michigan hospitals and select hospitals within five Michigan hospital systems were chosen to participate in the project. Those selected include the Detroit Medical Center System, Spectrum Health System (Grand Rapids), St. John Health System (Detroit Metro area) and the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor.

The criteria used to select the participating hospitals was based on regional representation; representation by rural/urban, teaching/nonteaching; critical access hospitals; ethnic diversity in hospital service area; representation by independent and system hospitals; willingness to recruit post-acute care partners (long-term care, home health, etc.); and willingness and capacity to collect data.

Note: This was originally posted on: 07/24/2009

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