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Good Samaritan Medical Center joins the STRIVE Initiative

Aug 7, 2018

West Palm Beach, Fla.- August 2nd 2018 - Good Samaritan Medical Center is partnering with the States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement (STRIVE) initiative. This program is led by the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association and funded by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of the program is targeted to reduce healthcare-associated infections across multiple health care facilities.

The STRIVE initiative brought together state-level organizations, acute care and long-term acute care hospitals across the country to improve infection prevention and control. Partners focused on implementing evidence-based prevention protocols for healthcare-associated infections such as Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremias.

Over the past 12 months 37 hospitals collectively achieved the following results in the STRIVE project.

  • 40 percent reduction in clostridium difficile infections (CDI)
  • 28 percent reduction in central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  • 23 percent reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • 21 percent reduction in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia

“This partnership is the direct result of our medical staff’s relentless focus on strengthening our infection control practices at our hospital, in our community and beyond,” said Tara McCoy, CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center. “We are pleased to continue providing the excellent standard of care our patients have come to expect.”

Over the next 12 months, Good Samaritan Medical Center will receive education, technical assistance and support in tracking improvement using data submitted to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network.

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