Memorial First in the Nation
December 09, 2011
Memorial Hospital is the First in the Nation to Earn Key Sepsis Program Certification
Sepsis kills more people each year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
Jacksonville, FL - Out of more than 5,800 hospitals in the United States, Memorial Hospital is the first to receive the Joint Commission’s Disease Specific Certification for Sepsis. Just as the Joint Commission certifies Primary Stroke Centers and other programs, they are now certifying Sepsis programs. Memorial is the first hospital in the country to earn this important designation. In fact, it was based on Memorial’s program that the Joint Commission created the Disease Specific Certification for Sepsis. This means Memorial Hospital is taking the lead in preventing and treating a medical condition that kills more people each year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
“We believe we will become a model for hospitals around the country,” said James B. Wood, Memorial Hospital President and CEO. “Sepsis is a serious threat to patients everywhere, and we are using every resource at our disposal to prevent it.”
Sepsis occurs when a serious infection begins to spread throughout the body. Early detection is vital since approximately 40% of patients that are determined to have severe Sepsis do not survive. In creating a new certification for Sepsis, the Joint Commission noted that implementation of protocols in use by Memorial Hospital would greatly improve the care of patients throughout the United States who have Sepsis.
“Being at the forefront in recognizing and treating Sepsis demonstrates our dedication to patient safety,” Mr. Wood said. “Led by our Sepsis coordinator, this certification required teamwork from everyone in the hospital. Our program, emphasizing early detection through sepsis screening, quick treatment and continuous monitoring, will become a model for hospitals everywhere.”
Memorial Hospital spent more than a year developing this first-in-the-nation Sepsis Program in coordination with Edwards Lifesciences’ Professional Services of Measureable Outcomes program. With a goal of improving quality and outcomes, while reducing costs, Edwards helped Memorial Hospital learn the process behind the science and also provided guidance to build the infrastructure that would lead to measureable and sustainable success.
In the last few months, Memorial Hospital has received several important distinctions. Memorial was the only Hospital in Jacksonville to be named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission.