Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Recognize Saint Francis as High Performer

 Patient Quality and Safety Improvements Noted 

(Hartford, Conn. April 17, 2013) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently identified Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as a high performer in the Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) initiative. 

Working in conjunction with Qualidigm, a Connecticut Department of Public Health designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO), Saint Francis has implemented daily rounds which enable nurses and physicians to work collaboratively to identify best practices for central line use. The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) also introduced an evidence-based checklist. 

Qualidigm is funded by CMS under its Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) contract to work with its community partners to reduce patient harm in selected areas, such as reducing the potential for facility-acquired infections in hospitals and nursing homes.      

The ICUs at Saint Francis have recently completed a record number of days – more than a year - without a CLABSI. CLABSI result in increased patient length of stay and morbidity, and increased costs to the Hospital.   

“I applaud the Critical Care Nurses and other providers for their clear dedication to preventing hospital acquired infections,” said David Shapiro, M.D., FACS, Director Surgical Clinics. “CLABSIs are preventable through use of evidence-based guidelines that are followed for the insertion and maintenance of central lines. By adopting a checklist using these guidelines, the staff in each unit were able to reliably and consistently execute the items on the checklist to considerably reduce the number of CLABSI.” 

The checklist requires hand hygiene, barrier precautions such as gloves, skin antisepsis, optimal catheter site selection, and daily reviews of line necessity. 

"Saint Francis has utilized a collection of evidence-based practices proven to help reduce infections to help in this effort,” notes Dr. Shapiro. “All clinical providers are involved in the prevention of infection, and all the components are important contributors." 

About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners. Its services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit