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 Pictured is the nursing team that has worked diligently to reduce infections through programs such as CUSP. Front row, from left, Shannon Watson, Angela Nettles, Val Pritchard, Tammy Fox, Shayna Thompson and Stephanie Price. Back row, from left, Chuck Koehler, Shirley Bunch, Carolyn Danahy, Beverly McDaniel, Debra Brown and Bart McMahan. (Photo provided)


Pictured is the nursing team that has worked diligently to reduce infections through programs such as CUSP. Front row, from left, Shannon Watson, Angela Nettles, Val Pritchard, Tammy Fox, Shayna Thompson and Stephanie Price. Back row, from left, Chuck Koehler, Shirley Bunch, Carolyn Danahy, Beverly McDaniel, Debra Brown and Bart McMahan. (Photo provided)

(Jefferson City) – Ozarks Medical Center has been recognized with two awards from the state of Missouri and a national organization.

OMC was the recipient of the fifth annual “Excellence in Safe Care Award” by the Center for Patient Safety (CPS). OMC is one of only two Missouri hospitals recognized this year for their exemplary practices.

Becky Miller, Executive Director of CPS, announced Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains and Truman Medical Center in Kansas City are being honored for their outstanding efforts to make a measurable difference in patient safety.

The OMC project focused on the role of bedside staff in reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). The medical center has been using Comprehensive Unit based Safety Program (CUSP) teams to improve the culture of safety in their facility since early 2010 through their participation in numerous CPS projects. For this project, the CUSP teams reduced OMC’s infection rate to zero, and decreased the use of urinary catheters by 22.8 percent.

The “Excellence in Safe Care” awards this year recognize a few of the many health care provider projects that increase patient safety in Missouri facilities. Honorees are selected by a panel of independent healthcare industry experts assembled by CPS.

Also, Ozarks Medical Center has received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades, a website that uses comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and health conditions to compare health systems nationwide. Only 10 percent of hospitals receive the Patient Safety Excellence Award and OMC was ranked in the top 5 in the country for patient safety and quality. Patient safety measures how well a hospital safeguards its patients from serious, potentially preventable complications, such as infections and medical errors.

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