President’s Letter

Collaboration is Key to Hoosier Health

doug2The first quarter of this year has been an eventful one. The Indiana General Assembly adjourned March 10, and during those three months of the legislative session, IHA’s government relations team successfully represented what’s best for Indiana patients and hospitals. A medical malpractice bill was passed, as was a bill that codified programmatic elements of HIP 2.0 into state statute. We appreciate your participation in the legislative process, and it will continue to be important as we get closer to election season.

I also wanted to mention the fact that throughout the year, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Indiana Patient Safety Center (IPSC). In 2006, IPSC was created as a division of IHA to engage and inspire health care providers to create cultures of patient safety and reliable systems of care within their organizations to prevent patient harm on a statewide level. IPSC, along with 11 regional patient safety coalitions throughout the state, works daily with Indiana hospitals and other health care providers to serve as a statewide resource, convener and facilitator to improve the safety and quality of care provided to Hoosiers.

At the association, we are so proud of the work that our members have done in collaboration with IPSC over the past decade. It is true that we may compete on services, but when it comes to patient safety, Indiana hospitals don’t compete—we collaborate. By sharing best practices, addressing regional needs and working together on quality improvements, we can empower our patients and their communities to own their health and help hospitals achieve this critical goal.

The anniversary of IPSC is just one element of the upcoming Indiana Patient Safety Summit, The Power of One: Patient Safety Starts With You, on June 7 in Fishers. Our team looks forward to seeing many of you there for insights into how to keep our patients healthy, as well as to celebrate our successes over the years. I encourage you to visit IHAconnect.org/Quality-Patient-Safety to see all of the resources available to members, from sepsis prevention to readmissions and medication safety. I also encourage you to stay engaged with Carolyn Konfirst and Karin Kennedy, the co-directors of IPSC.

We have many challenges to overcome here in Indiana, and our jobs are not getting easier; but when we come together to collaborate and speak with one voice, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish. It is important to collaborate on patient safety initiatives, and it is important to collaborate with each other and our elected officials on sound health care policies. Together, we will continue to improve the health of Hoosiers across the state.

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