HQI Vanguard Award for Sutter Health’s AIM Program

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in Quality

HQI Vanguard Award 2016

Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management Program Wins HQI Vanguard Award

Top honors for unique program in home health patient safety, quality improvement

Fairfield, Calif.— Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program won the Hospital Quality Institute’s (HQI) Vanguard Award—a remarkable feat for a program that launched as a small pilot in 2009 with a visionary approach to that part of life between relative wellness and hospice care.

“Sutter Health’s AIM program application was chosen from a field of 53 qualified applications, reflecting a remarkable breadth and depth of quality work occurring in our state,” HQI President/CEO Julianne Morath said. “This is a successful global solution to a problem that affects every family sooner or later.”

Sutter Care at Home,  part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, administers the AIM program and led the charge to change patients and families’ personal experience with advanced illness and the way health care at this stage of life is supported and financed. As one’s health declines during the final year to 18 months of life, care grows increasingly complex and costly. However, in just a few years, AIM has revolutionized end-of-life care by:

  • Reducing hospitalizations and ER visits for terminally ill patients
  • Improving pain management and reducing intensive care stays
  • Sustaining high patient and family satisfaction (4.7 out of 5)
  • Decreasing Medicare and Medicaid costs by 32 percent

“Our staff’s innovative and tireless work to develop, implement and refine the AIM program stands out as one of the most rewarding ways we can support our patients and families touched by chronic and terminal illness,” Marcia Reissig, CEO of Sutter Care at Home, said. “Our team’s pioneering spirit inspires us and their progress motivates us to continue finding solutions to challenges within health care.”

Sutter Care at Home’s Chief Clinical Officer Monique Reese, DNP, accepted the award at HQI’s 2016 Annual Conference, held Nov. 2-4, 2016, in San Diego, where a special feature video about AIM played at the presentation ceremony.

Sutter Health’s ICU Liberation program was also recognized as a Vanguard Award finalist for its innovative efforts to improve care quality and outcomes for intensive care patients through an interdisciplinary team-based care approach to managing pain, carefully choosing sedation, preventing ICU delirium, encouraging early patient mobility, and engaging and empowering the family. Details about Sutter’s ICU Liberation program are highlighted in a video shared at the presentation ceremony.

About Sutter Care at Home

Sutter Care at Home, part of the Sutter Health network of care, is one of the largest not-for-profit home health care and hospice agencies in Northern California and serves nearly 200,000 patients in 23 counties each year. Sutter Care at Home care teams deliver home health carehospice, geriatric and palliative care, home infusion therapyrespiratory care and home medical equipment , Advanced Illness Management (AIM), PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), bereavement and grief support, and community flu and wellness programs.

About HQI

The (HQI) was established in 2013 to realize statewide impact of improving patient safety and quality care for all Californians, to accelerate the rate of improvement, and to advance California as a national leader in quality performance. In August 2016, HQI invited California hospitals and health systems to submit applications for the HQI Vanguard Award for outstanding achievement in the area of patient safety, quality improvement, and experience. (For more information about the Vanguard Award program, contact info@hqinstitute.org or call 916-552-7600.)

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