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Partnership for Patients Award

Awards & Recognition

June 12, 2014 (Sonora, CA) — Sonora Regional Medical Center has been recognized by Premier, Inc. for reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) and readmissions, as part of the federal Partnership for Patients initiative.

Through Partnership for Patients, Premier’s hospital engagement network (HEN) is working with more than 400 hospitals to reduce preventable readmissions by 20 percent and preventable HACs by 40 percent from January 2012 – December 2014.

As a member of Premier’s HEN, Sonora Regional Medical Center is one of 28 hospitals to be honored as a Premier Partnership for Patients Award finalist for early success in reaching its reduction goals in at least six of the 10 areas measured. Sonora Regional Medical Center was recognized during Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio.  

“Participation in this initiative reinforces our commitment to reliably deliver the best care experience to our community,” said Dixie Hukari, Executive Director of Quality Management at Sonora Regional Medical Center. “We are proud to receive the Premier Partnership for Patients Award as we continue down our path of reducing HACs and readmissions.” 

Specifically, Sonora Regional Medical Center has met or exceeded the Partnership for Patients reduction goals in the following areas: 
- Obstetrical Adverse Events 
- Pressure Ulcers 
- Surgical Site Infection 
- Ventilator Associated Pneumonia 
- Venous Thromboembolism 
- 30-day Readmissions 

“Sonora Regional Medical Center is a prime example of performance improvement in healthcare,” said Wes Champion, senior vice president of Premier Performance Partners. “Through commitment, transparency, trust and engagement they are collaborating with peers to create a culture of safe, reliable and coordinated care. We are constantly amazed by these accomplishments. Premier congratulates everyone at Sonora Regional Medical Center for their hard work and tremendous achievements.” 

Premier is the second largest HEN in the Partnership for Patients initiative working in the regional, state, national and hospital system level to identify solutions to reduce HACs and readmissions and spread best practices and resources to other healthcare providers. Participants collaborate to: 
- Transparently share progress on a set of uniform measures on a regular basis 
- Share best practices and successful innovations with all members of the HEN 
- Commit to participate in educational initiatives and site visits.