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Published on November 01, 2013

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Wins Patient Safety Award

Antimicrobial stewardship project earns top nod at PBJ Healthcare Innovations Awards

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital (MPH) was recently announced as the winner of the Patient Safety Award during the annual Healthcare Innovations Awards presented by the Philadelphia Business Journal on October 24.

It is an honor to receive such a distinct recognition for the safe and quality care that our healthcare professionals deliver to patients each and every day,” says MPH Executive Director Susan Cusack.

Members of the MPH antimicrobial stewardship program

The Patient Safety Award recognizes MPH's successful antimicrobial stewardship program. This program has helped enhance patient safety and improve quality of care by limiting inappropriate use and optimizing dosing, route of administration and duration of antimicrobial therapy. In all, MPH has been able to assure proper and safe use of antimicrobial agents and reduce total antimicrobial use by over 50 percent. This has also resulted in a 59 percent reduction in total antimicrobial cost.

“Avoid the antimicrobial cliff for patients,” said Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator Thomas Turco, referring to resistance to antibiotics that have made these drugs les effective. Patients infected with antimicrobial-resistant organisms are more likely to have longer hospital stays and may be more likely to die as a result of the infection.

Pharmacist Tom Turco

Turco accepted the award on behalf of the MPH team involved in the antimicrobial stewardship program. The team also includes Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Ted Martynowicz, Infection Prevention and Control Manager James Hunter and Infection Control Analyst Lynn Kleina.

MPH was also one of three finalists for Healthcare Company of the Year in the Healthcare Innovations Awards, being recognized for its successful implementation of a medication management initiative that has led to a downward trend of 30-day readmissions.

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