Hospital Improvement Innovation Network

Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) works at the regional, state, national and hospital system level to sustain and accelerate national progress and momentum towards continued harm reduction in the Medicare program, help identify solutions already working and disseminate them to other hospitals and providers.

HRET GHA Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) Concludes Successful Journey 

The GHA HIIN team would like to thank all our hospitals for their incredible work to increase patient safety and the quality of care during the HIIN project. Together, we saved lives, prevented patient harms, and reduced costs! In addition, we succeeded in meeting CMS's bold aim of 20 percent improvement for nine measures in the past 12 months. The GHA HIIN hospitals also met 100% of the data milestones. This success is a tribute to your willingness to commit to collaboration, continuous relationship-building, the dissemination of education, coaching and quality improvement efforts, as well as peer-to-peer networking and sharing. Our hospitals and partners are truly on the forefront, pushing boundaries, and always working toward delivering reliable, safe, and high-quality health care to patients. Thank you for doing all that you do to save patient lives and improve outcomes for the people of your communities. Here are a few highlights from the HRET GHA HIIN:

HRET GHA HIIN Achieved Harm Reduction Goals in the following areas:

Most recent 12 months

  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) Rate - All Settings 
  • CAUTI Rate - ICUs excluding NICU
  • Catheter Utilization - All Settings
  • Catheter Utilization - ICUs excl NICU
  • Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI) Rate - All Settings 
  • CLABSI Rate - ICUs
  • Pressure Ulcer Rate, Stage 3+
  • Clostridioides difficile rate
  • Overall Sepsis Mortality

The following hospitals shared their successful strategies on a national call for HRET HIIN.

HRET HIIN PI Collaboratives
Sharing Successful Strategies:

  • Falls
  • The Medical Center, Navicent Health, Meryl Montgomery
  • Readmissions
  • Wellstar Sylvan Grove: Erica Fishell
  • Optim Medical Center Tattnall: Lisa Waters
  • Habersham Medical Center: Priscilla Adams

The hospital with the highest count of measures meeting the 20% reduction:

  • Navicent Health Baldwin
  • 20 measures met target
  • 4 of those maintained zero 

The hospitals with the highest number of measures maintaining Zero Harms for duration of HIIN:

  • Dorminy Medical Center (11 measures)
  • Appling Healthcare System (10 measures)
  • Fannin Regional Hospital (10 measures)

The hospitals that received a Certificate for Outstanding Commitment to Improving Patient-Centered Care Through Completion of the CMS Hospital Improvement Innovation Network Performance Improvement (PI) Collaborative: 

  • Bacon County Hospital and Health System:  DeAnn Flanders, Kyle Southerland, Lana Tanner, Connie Tyre,
  • Effingham Health System: Matthew Moore, David Lankford
  • Miller County Hospital: Ashley Ward
  • Wayne Memorial Hospital: Angie Jones and Amy Pitts

If you would like more information about your hospital and the measures achieved, you can reach out to Kathy McGowan. 


HIIN Kick-Off Meeting





HIIN held its kick-off meeting on Jan.8, 2019.

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