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CHOC Children’s Hospital Achieves Magnet® Recognition Again

CHOC Children’s Hospital has again attained Magnet recognition, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

Receiving Magnet recognition for the third time marks a significant achievement for CHOC Orange as it continues to proudly belong to the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Currently, fewer than 500 U.S. healthcare organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to Orange County and beyond,” said Melanie Patterson, CHOC’s vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses, but our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the patients and families we serve.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their communities, such as:

◾higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information;

◾lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates;

◾higher job satisfaction among nurses; and

◾lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across several components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Healthcare organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.

“We’re a better organization today because of the Magnet recognition,” Patterson said. “Magnet recognition raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnet-recognized organization, and it’s why we continue to pursue and maintain Magnet recognition.”

Using Imagination to Help Heal Through Guided Imagery – Helpful Tips for your Patients

Guided imagery, a therapeutic technique that has been used for centuries, involves creating images in the mind which can help reduce pain, stress, and other symptoms associated with a patient’s condition. Further, the technique includes envisioning a certain goal to help cope with health problems or the task or skill a child is trying to learn or master.

Guided imagery is offered at CHOC Children’s as part of our integrative health services. The experts at CHOC teach patients to imagine sights, sounds, smells, tastes or other sensations to create a kind of daydream that “removes” them from or gives them control over their present situation.

Your patients can practice the technique with these six useful tips:

  1. Close your eyes.
  2. Take 3-5 deep belly breaths.
  3. It’s time to imagine you are going to your special place. Where would you like to go? If you could be anywhere in the world at this moment, where would you be?
  4. When you have picked out a place, picture yourself there. Through your mind, you can be at this place as if this were really happening.
  5. Use your daydreaming skills and think about every little thing that makes this place and experience just as you like it. What do you see, taste, touch, hear and smell?
  6. Be aware of how comfortable your body feels when you imagine yourself in this place. You may notice your breathing slow down and your muscles feel looser as your whole body starts to relax.

Click here for more tips, including audio clips from CHOC’s pediatric psychologists that help guide patients through scenarios to help them feel better.

 

CHOC Children’s CHIO Recognized for Leadership in Health Information Technology

Dr. William Feaster, CHOC Children’s chief health information officer, has been recognized nationally for his leadership in utilizing health information technology to increase positive outcomes for patients.

Dr. William Feaster, chief health information officer at CHOC

Already recognized as an international leader in population health technology and analytics, Dr. Feaster was one of five physicians to receive a Physician All-Star award from Cerner, a leading worldwide provider of health information technology solutions, services, devices and hardware, at its recent annual conference.

“This award further validates the important work underway at CHOC Children’s to use data to save children’s lives,” Dr. Feaster says. “Advancing technology will continue to dramatically enhance how we practice medicine, and I am proud to stand with CHOC on the forefront of a dramatic shift that will ultimately lead to more children having happier and healthier childhoods.”

As CHOC’s chief health information officer, Dr. Feaster leads the implementation and adoption of technologies that support clinical care and data analysis across the healthcare community. His work promotes the application of data science tools on healthcare data for predictive analytics, data mining, and related technologies to support new informatics initiatives.

Dr. Feaster’s work supports CHOC’s population health efforts; innovation and performance excellence initiatives; and clinical and translational research informatics.

At CHOC since 2012, Dr. Feaster has been involved in advancing information technology throughout nearly 40 years of clinical practice in pediatric critical care and anesthesia. He has held several medical administrative positions in hospitals, health systems and universities, and is board-certified in pediatrics, anesthesia and clinical informatics.

The annual Cerner Health Conference, held mid-October in Kansas City, Mo., drew nearly 14,000 healthcare industry leaders, practitioners and employees to discuss the latest innovations for health information technology.

Vote Yes on Prop. 4, Support Higher Quality Care for Patients

Please join CHOC Children’s this November in voting YES on Proposition 4, the Children’s Hospital Bond of 2018.

Prop. 4 provides $1.5 billion over 15 years to support critical, life-saving care for California kids. California’s 13 regional children’s hospitals, including CHOC, provide specialized care to children and young adults who suffer from serious and life-threatening disease, regardless of the ability to pay. The bond would provide grants for construction, expansion, renovation and the latest medical equipment for our state’s children’s hospitals.

Prop. 4 has received numerous endorsements, including from the American Academy of Pediatrics, California. Encourage voters to support CHOC and vote YES on Prop. 4 on November 6.

Learn more at http://www.yesonproposition4.org.

CHOC Children’s at Forefront of Leveraging Data to Enhance Quality of Care

Earlier this year, clinicians, hospital administrators, and other leaders in the medical field gathered for the American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Forum Critical Conversations in health care event in Texas, which focused on leveraging health care data to improve care.

Dr. William W. Feaster, chief health information officer at CHOC Children’s, presented on the ways CHOC is applying intelligence to data and building it into the care process to better understand quality of care and patient satisfaction scores.

Dr. William Feaster, chief health information officer at CHOC

CHOC uses Cerner’s HealtheIntentSM platform to bring in data from different sources, such as EHRs, pharmacies and payers. The system normalizes the data and builds “smart registries” for certain high-cost pediatric conditions. Dr. Feaster explained that these registries go beyond tracking patient status and outcomes for a defined population. Built on top of multiple EHRs and other sources, they extract data and then feed key patient information to clinicians at the point of care, creating a living tool, rather than a more static reporting mechanism. Adherence to clinical guidelines at CHOC has improved progressively with the advent of these smart registries.

CHOC is also using analytics to improve asthma care quality and outcomes. Additionally, CHOC is applying machine learning tools to predict readmissions and to provide this information to case managers to better manage the patient discharge process. For outpatients, CHOC is also exploring how these data science tools can help predict and prevent appointment no-shows.

To learn more about CHOC’s case study, click here for a copy of Cerner’s Transforming Health Care Delivery ebook.