Memorial Receives Statewide Recognition for Improving Patient Safety

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Receives Statewide Recognition for Improving Patient Safety

Washington State Hospital Association’s “Achieving Best Care” award goes only to the state’s top-performing hospitals

SEATTLE — Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital was recognized for outstanding achievement in making health care safer for the second year in a row at the 83nd Annual Meeting of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) in Seattle.

Memorial earned the 2015 “Washington State Hospital Association Achieving Best Care” award for its efforts to decrease patient harm.

Memorial is one of only 10 WSHA hospitals in Washington and 2 in Oregon to receive the award.

“All Memorial physicians and staff take patient safety seriously, and we are glad to have our efforts recognized by our peers,” said Russ Myers, CEO of Memorial Family of Services. “This work helps us establish best practices, so that they become second nature, which is great news for patients.”

The awards recognize work done to reduce harm in seven key areas:

• Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection
• Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection
• Clostridium Difficile
• Surgical Site Infection
• Falls
• Early Elective Deliveries
• Venous Thromboembolism

Top performers were defined as those achieving the highest scores in reducing patient harm in the key strategies. If the hospital does not provide a service such as obstetric services or surgery, it was not counted against them. Scoring was based on the size of the hospital, and whether the hospital was in the top 25 percent in comparison to others in their size category.

“When it comes to our hospitals’ achievements in patient safety, Washington state has so much to be proud of,” said Carol Wagner, WSHA Senior Vice President for Patient Safety. “We’re working on the biggest challenges of health-care delivery, and our hospitals and health systems are consistently pushing for higher achievements on more measures. We’re glad to be able to give them the recognition they deserve.”

About Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is a 226-bed, acute-care, not-for-profit, community hospital serving Central Washington’s Yakima Valley. Memorial Family of Services includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at or on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Pinterest ( The Memorial Foundation has raised and distributed $45 million toward innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley (

About the Washington State Hospital Association
The Washington State Hospital Association is a membership organization representing more than 100 community hospitals, health systems and other health-related organizations. The association provides a wealth of services to members, including state and federal advocacy, policy analysis, governance education, patient safety support, data analysis and more.
In 2005, WSHA launched the Patient Safety program to help hospitals improve patient safety by supporting the wide-spread adoption of evidence-based clinical practices. WSHA works to improve the health of the people of the state by becoming involved in all matters affecting the delivery, quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care.
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