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PHILADELPHIA, PA May 15, 2012Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to delivering high quality, safe medical care, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital has been accepted as one of more than 130 members of the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, a two-year patient-safety initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, one of only 26 such networks in the nation, is a component of the HHS Partnership for Patients2 initiative, and brings together hospitals with The Hospital&Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, The Health Care Improvement Foundation, Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance to implement strategies to achieve Partnership for Patients goals of reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions, readmissions, and complications during hospitalization.

Targeted conditions will include prevention of wrong-site surgery, adverse drug events, falls, venous thromboembolism, obstetrical adverse events, readmissions, surgical-site infection, pressure ulcers, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Through the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, Magee will focus its efforts on three projects, including Reduction of Acquired Pressure Ulcers, Reduction of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia and Magee is acting as a mentor hospital for the fall reduction project. 

"Pennsylvanias hospitals have been leaders in health care quality and patient safety initiatives for decades", said Carolyn F. Scanlan, president and CEO of The Hospital&Healthsytem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the lead contractor for the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network. We also have been involved with many notable ӑfirsts in Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania was the first state to create a patient safety organization, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority; the first state to require the reporting of all health care-associated infections and to release the first hospital-specific infection report; and the first state to develop and implement a payment policy with the stateҒs Medicaid program that would reduce payments to hospitals when a covered patient experienced a preventable serious adverse event.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services in Center City Philadelphia. Magee offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, MageeԒs brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nations 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of AmericaҒs leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel.

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