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Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women: Quality Lifelines for a Lifetime

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Overall Approach to Quality and Safety: At Baptist Women's, a not-for-profit, 140-bed free-standing hospital, the Institute of Medicine's six quality dimensions are embedded into the quality blueprint and strategic plan. Quality initiatives and dashboards are shared through an established shared drive, which is accessible for all employees. to track performance on identified dashboards.

Improving Mammography Cycle Time at the Women's Health Center: Cycle time (arrival to departure) for mammography was identified as the top improvement priority. Increasing the percentage of patients who had preregistered reduced admission time, and process changes were made to move the patient through the center more efficiently. For example, patients with orders for additional films were flagged to ensure that these exams were completed before a new patient's exam. The ultrasound schedule was blocked during peak times to ensure that add-on exams could be performed in a timely manner. The cycle time was reduced for screening mammography (from 2 hours in 2003 to 30 minutes in April 2006) and diagnostic screenings, including review of films and reports with radiologist at departure, decreased from > 3 hours in 2003 to 2.5 hours in April 2006.

Conclusion: Expectations of teamwork, proactive problem resolution, communication on all levels, and customer service are the cornerstone of Baptist Women's culture of quality.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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    David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president for the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission, is the inaugural editor-in-chief of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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