FMH Participating in Nationwide Program to Engage Nurses
Leads to improvements in the quality and safety of patient care
September 7, 2011
Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) is pleased to announce its selection and participation in Aligning Forces for Quality: Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB), a program that leads to improvements in the quality and safety of patient care. It is a part of an innovative nationwide program led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated to improving the health and health care of all Americans.
TCAB is a new nurse-led hospital program that engages frontline staff to work together to identify, pilot, test and adopt new practices over an 18-month period. The program also aims to increase the vitality and retention of nurses and frontline staff, engage and improve the patient’s experience of care, and improve the effectiveness of the entire care team. Participating nurses will then share their successes and lessons learned with other hospitals across the country.
“As Maine and the nation look at improving care, it is important that we provide local models of reform that are good for everyone,” said Pam Ernest, FMH chief nursing officer. “Franklin Memorial Hospital’s participation in this program shows that we are committed to being a leader in improving patient care and increasing efficiency to produce better outcomes.”
“By participating in TCAB, nurses at Franklin Memorial will be on the frontlines, working together with others across Maine to formulate innovations and improve the care they deliver,” said Jan Bell, FMH director of the medical/surgical unit and ICU. “This program will empower our staff on the medical/surgical unit to redesign their work to achieve better results for patients. That leads to higher quality care and more satisfied nurses who stay on their jobs.”
Besides Ernest and Bell, Franklin Memorial Hospital’s TCAB core team includes: Carmen Hayford, RN, BSN, night nurse leader; Nancy Stefanie, RN, night nurse leader; Taffy Davis, RN-BC, BSN, clinical instructor; Karla Dalessandro, CNA; and Judy Ridley, CNA.
The TCAB team invites all FMH staff to a kick-off reception on Thursday, September 15, at 9 a.m. in the medical/surgical staff break room to learn more about the initiative. Refreshments will be available.
Across the nation, 16 regions were invited to participate in the effort. The TCAB program in Maine is being convened by Maine Quality Counts, an independent regional health care improvement collaborative, working to transform health and health care in Maine. Across Maine, 14 hospitals are participating in the program.
“Improving the quality of health care is going to take people working together and Franklin Memorial Hospital is happy to be a leader and do its part,” added Ernest.
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