(April 9, 2012) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) has
joined with the Premier healthcare alliance to participate in the
Partnership for Patients initiative. As a participant, MUMC will
further improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare
for the patients it serves.
Partnership for Patients, established by the Center for Medicare
& Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center), offers support
to physicians, nurses, and other clinicians working in and out of
hospitals. The goal is to keep patients from getting injured or
sicker while in the hospital so they can heal without
Specifically, participants focus on reducing preventable
readmissions to hospitals by 20 percent and reducing preventable
hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent by the end of 2013. In
doing so, CMS estimates the partnership has the potential to, over
the next three years:
•Save 60,000 lives
•Reduce millions of preventable injuries and complications in
•Save as much as $35 billion, including up to $10 billion in
savings to Medicare
"Memorial University Medical Center works hard to provide
world-class treatments that are affordable for our patients.
Partnership for Patients will help us in this endeavor," said
Maggie Gill, MBA, president and CEO of Memorial Health.
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of hospitals and
other healthcare organizations. It is the second largest of 26
Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) approved by CMS to participate
in the initiative. As a HEN, Premier is helping identify the
solutions already working to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions,
and spread them to other hospitals and healthcare providers.
Memorial University Medical Center was recently named a 2011 Top
Performing Hospital in Premier's QUEST® collaborative. In three
years, 157 QUEST hospitals saved an estimated 24,820 lives and
reduced healthcare spending by nearly $4.5 billion.
In total, Partnership for Patients consists of more than 6,500
partners, including hospitals, physicians, nurses, and patient
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
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