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Portage Health to participate in two statewide patient safety initiatives

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Note: This was originally posted on: 12/02/2009

HANCOCK — Portage Health will be participating in two statewide patient safety collaboratives focusing on protecting mothers, newborns and emergency patients. The collaboratives, coordinated by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality, are MHA Keystone: Emergency Room (ER) and MHA Keystone: Obstetrics (OB).

MHA Keystone: ER seeks to prevent patient harm in emergency departments by improving safety, reducing overcrowding and treating blood poisoning in the early stages.

MHA Keystone: OB seeks to prevent harm to mothers giving birth and their newborns by focusing on timely interventions for elective induction of labor, coordinating a safe progression of labor, and appropriate responses to fetal distress.

Portage Health is the only hospital in Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon and Baraga counties participating in both initiatives.

The new initiatives build on previous projects, said vice president for patient services Deb Young. Portage Health has been participating in the MHA Keystone Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) project and the MHA Keystone Surgery project since 2007. Both of those initiatives have provided tools to evaluate patient care processes and respond to safety concerns, she said.

"We look forward to working with MHA Keystone on the Obstetrics and Emergency Department initiatives," Young said. "We are proud to participate in a project to proactively implement evidence-based best practices to improve communication and care that is delivered at the bedside."

For a complete list of hospitals participating in the MHA Keystone: ER and MHA Keystone: OB safety initiatives, please visit

Note: This was originally posted on: 12/02/2009

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