Champions of Patient Safety Honored

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(5/09/12) - Dr. Michael Rose, Vice President of Surgical Services for McLeod Health, has been recognized as a recipient of the 2012 Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Healthcare Executive Award.

This distinction is given to a South Carolina hospital executive whose vision, guidance, and support have played a critical role in creating better, safer hospitals.

Dr. Rose is the second McLeod Health recipient of this honor. Donna Isgett, Senior Vice President of Corporate Quality and Safety, received the Healthcare Executive Award in 2009.

Dr. Rose accepted this award on behalf of the McLeod Surgical Services Team during the Fifth Annual Every Patient Counts Patient Safety Symposium in April.

Sponsored by the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA), Health Sciences South Carolina, PHT Services, LTD., and Mothers Against Medical Errors, the Patient Safety Champion Awards are named in honor of Lewis Wardlaw Blackman, a Columbia, South Carolina boy whose life was cut short in 2000 as the result of potentially preventable medical complications after an elective surgical procedure.

Hospitals across the state, and throughout the country, are working together to improve patient safety and healthcare quality so that each patient's experience is as safe as possible, which is key to SCHA's Every Patient Counts initiative.

"Dr. Rose's medical expertise and commitment to patient safety continues to support the efforts of McLeod Health. His insight and knowledge has led our surgical teams into making improvements that have a direct and crucial impact on the quality and safety of patient care at McLeod," said Rob Colones, President of McLeod Health.

"Donna's leadership skills have paved the way in quality and safety as McLeod Health has evolved into one of the top performers in the United States for providing consistent quality healthcare. McLeod has completed hundreds of clinical effectiveness quality improvement projects under her direction, involving more than 150 physicians with remarkable improvements across the board in health care indicators and outcomes," added Colones.

McLeod Health has been recognized numerous times for its outstanding work in quality care, best practices and clinical outcomes as well as its physicians' dedication to quality improvement. The efforts to improve quality and patient safety are physician led, data-driven and evidence-based. Because of this commitment by strong, active physician and staff participation, McLeod has received national recognition for quality including the 2010 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize. Awarded annually to one hospital in the country, McLeod is the first hospital in South Carolina to receive this prestigious honor since the inception of the national Quest for Quality Prize in 2002.

Most recently, McLeod Regional Medical Center has been named one of the top performing hospitals in the country for 2011 by being recognized for its participation in a national project that resulted in saving lives and reducing healthcare spending by more than $4 billion.

Over the past three years, 278 hospitals across the nation including McLeod participated in a national collaborative led by Premier Healthcare Alliance called QUEST®. As part of this initiative, these top performing hospitals saved an estimated 24,820 lives and reduced healthcare spending by nearly $4.5 billion.

About Dr. Michael Rose
Dr. Rose is a physician and a member of the McLeod Health management team. He provides direct patient care as a practicing anesthesiologist and serves as a member of the McLeod Health Board of Trustees. On a statewide level, Dr. Rose serves as the Chairman of the Safe Surgery 2015 Leadership Team for the SCHA. His passion for safe surgery, eliminating risks, decreasing never events, and improving the care to the surgical patient is demonstrated by this endeavor.

Dr. Rose's administrative responsibilities include management of the surgery division at McLeod Regional Medical Center and medical direction of the Blood Conservation and Surgery Program. He has also served as a member of the Medical Executive Committee and as Chief of Staff for McLeod Regional Medical Center.

More than two years ago, Dr. Rose and McLeod Surgical Services led a charge to adapt the Surgical Safety Checklist introduced by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement for surgical patient care at McLeod. This checklist, sponsored by the World Health Organization and championed by national healthcare leader Dr. Atul Gawande, is designed to improve care, foster clear communication and encourage positive, engaging behavior between the members of the surgical team. Dr. Rose and the team incorporated surgical time-out guidelines set forth by the Joint Commission to create a McLeod specific safety checklist.

The team engaged McLeod Surgeons in the safety checklist philosophy and expanded the concept to every operating room at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Their objective was to reach "every person, every patient, every time." The next phase for Dr. Rose and the team is to move forward and take what they have learned and share it with other healthcare facilities throughout South Carolina and other states.

About Donna Isgett
Isgett joined the McLeod Health team in 1997. She is responsible for the corporate oversight of the Divisions of Clinical Effectiveness, Service Excellence, Operational Effectiveness, Risk Management, Epidemiology, and Case Management. She is also Co-Chair of the McLeod Health Quality Operations Committee and a member of the McLeod Regional Medical Center Community Board.

Awards received by McLeod during Isgett's career include the 2000 South Carolina Governor's Quality Award (based on Malcolm Baldridge criteria); the 2003 National Premier Award for Quality; recognition of McLeod as a national finalist in the 2006 American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) Award for Excellence in Patient Safety, the 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety from HealthGrades and the honor of being
one of five hospitals nationally recognized by the American Hospital Association's Quest for Quality Citation of Merit Award in 2007.

In 2002, Isgett helped spearhead the organization's receipt of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "Pursing Perfection" quality improvement grant for $1.9 million. McLeod was one of only five hospitals in the nation to receive this honor. In addition to being a Pursuing Perfection hospital, McLeod was one of 278 hospitals that participated in a quality demonstration project sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Premier, Inc. The hospital also participated in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) 100,000 and 500,000 Lives Campaign.

Isgett co-chairs the South Carolina Hospital Association Re-engineering Committee which includes hospitals, payors, corporate representatives and patients. She has been an invited speaker on quality improvement at numerous national events including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forums and Summits, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Annual Patient Safety Congress, the National Quality Forum, and the American Hospital Association Annual Meeting. Isgett has also served on the Faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Executive Quality Academy, and as the co- chairperson for the 2005 Institute for Healthcare Improvement's National Forum. She has also personally been honored with the prestigious Milliken Medal of Quality Award from the South Carolina Quality Forum. Isgett is a fellow with Liberty Fellowship associated with the Aspen Global Institute.