$227,044 funding to support
perioperative training statewide
(Hartford, Conn. December 16, 2014) - Saint
Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received a $227,000 grant from the Coverys
Community Healthcare Foundation to support patient safety training for
perioperative teams at hospitals across Connecticut.
In 2011, Scott Ellner, DO, MPH, FACS, Vice Chairman Department of
Surgery, and Director of Surgical Quality at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center, founded the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative, a unique
and innovative coalition of 22 hospitals and 3 state medical groups that work
together to improve patient safety in all surgeries throughout the State.
The grant-supported activities of the Collaborative will improve patient
outcomes and reduce costs following both inpatient and outpatient surgeries.
“Hospitals are coming together to share strategies and
implement perioperative training protocols aimed at developing a consistent, disciplined
culture of safety in the OR,” said Dr. Ellner. “Our efforts to create fail-safe
procedures will result in lives saved, reductions in hospital readmissions and
a decrease in healthcare costs.”
will support extensive training of perioperative teams at the Collaborative
member hospitals on the use of the Association of Perioperative Registered
Nurses’ (AORN) surgical safety checklist, and training in “TeamSTEPPS”, and
“SBAR” (two evidence-based strategies/protocols that develop effective intra-team
and inter-team communications skills). In 2015, the grant will support training
and education on “enhanced recovery after surgery” clinical pathways aimed at a
team-based approach using clinical guidelines to reduce hospital acquired
conditions, readmissions and hospital length of stay.
Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation grant also supports the installation of
“Smart ORs” in the Saint Francis surgical suite and in the Saint Francis
Simulation Studio. “Smart ORs” are equipped with new, cutting edge, innovative
technology that is designed to detect potential problems and errors before they
occur, virtually eliminating the chance of preventable adverse events during
surgeries. Perioperative teams from the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative
will be able to train in “Smart OR” technology at the Saint Francis Simulation
Studio. The “Smart OR” is considered to be the OR of the future for all
hospitals across the country.
American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
notes that between 2009 and 2013, Saint Francis decreased errors and adverse
patient outcomes with an estimated 150 lives saved, 2,500 hospital days
prevented, 400 readmissions avoided, and $7,504,255 in reduced healthcare costs
through the implementation of surgical safety checklists, improved
communications and perioperative training. Now, with the Coverys grant, the
success Saint Francis has achieved will be spread throughout the State.
Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation was established to support charitable
endeavors that provide healthcare services to improve patient safety and care.
Coverys remains a consistent supporter for non-profit organizations and
state/regional medical societies, and has expanded its focus to include
innovative projects committed to enriching the healthcare community. Through
funding, the Foundation positively reinforces charitable organizations and
innovative programs affiliated with the healthcare community, including causes
in which Coverys employees are involved. The development of the Foundation
exemplifies Coverys’ dedication to being an affirmative and active corporate
citizen in the healthcare community and the communities in which it operates.
Saint Francis Care
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.
Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial
Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services
is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.
Saint Francis Care’s 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 www.stfranciscare.com.
Coverys is an innovative medical professional
liability insurance provider dedicated to helping its policyholders and clients
anticipate, identify and manage risk to reduce errors, eliminate inefficiency
and improve outcomes. As one of the largest medical professional liability
insurance providers in the country, Coverys is responsible for insuring over
32,000 physicians, dentists, and allied health care providers, as well as more
than 500 hospitals, health centers and clinics from coast to coast. Coverys has
consistently been included in the Ward’s 50 for the past five years. In addition
to its insurance products and service delivery to the health care industry, it
also has established the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation to support
endeavors that focus on the improvement of patient safety as well as healthcare
programs to reduce childhood obesity. For more information, visit Coverys at