“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Thank you to the healthcare providers, stakeholders, advisory council members and dedicated partners who made the commitment to join our quality journey. Our team comes to work each day to improve patient safety, reduce patient harm and improve clinical care in our communities. We recommend best practices, teach quality improvement and offer updates on timeliness and reporting requirements with the sole purpose of improving patient care and outcomes.
At the completion of year 4 as the regional Quality Innovation Network, we are pleased and excited about the progress made. Access our Impact Statement [September 2018], which highlights areas of achievement in many of our areas of focus. In addition, we have created a sample of successes highlighting the work of our partnering providers.
Our success is dependent on our partners. We are extremely grateful for your partnership, dedication and drive for excellence. The contributions from your organization and colleagues make a positive impact on the health of our communities.
From the ABCS for heart health to challenges of managing a ZBB (Zero Based Budget), acronyms are a staple in the healthcare industry. While many are commonly recognized, a SNFist is fairly new to the list and proving to be a valuable addition. Healthcare professionals...read more
Managing diabetes to prevent complications and improve quality of life is a daily reality for 30.3 million Americans. Millions more are unaware they are living with diabetes (7.2 million) or prediabetes (75.6 million). The American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert...read more
With each winter storm the desire for sunshine grows, but too much sun can become an equally difficult problem. There’s a fine line between just enough and too much of even the best things. Healthcare professionals in Faulkton are working to close this gap of...read more
The recent National Activity Professionals Week (January 20-26, 2019) provided an opportunity to showcase the impact fun and socialization can have on quality of life for residents of a nursing facility or assisted living center. Great Plains Quality Innovation...read more
Nine Quality Measures, Two Physician Champions, One Successful Team at Madison Regional Health System
Amber Oines, RN, BSN, the quality nurse specialist for Madison Regional Health System in Madison, SD, engaged Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN) to support their healthcare quality team through the transition to the Quality Payment Program (QPP)....read more
From allergy season to flu season and beyond, the common symptoms of a stuffy nose, cough and sore throat lead many individuals to their local clinic in search of relief. The presence of a fever increases the possibility of a bacterial infection; but often the culprit...read more
As one of the most common chronic diseases, diabetes is an everyday reality for an estimated 23.1 million people in the United States. While healthcare professionals provide regular monitoring, the majority of care and disease management is a result of...read more
Pictured above: Shannon Bacon (American Cancer Society), Jesse Tran and Joyce Sayler (North Dakota Dept. of Health), Judy Beck (Great Plains QIN), and Amanda Houston (lND CRC survivor). Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer...read more
Great Plains QIN facilitated a WebEx on Teach-Back in late October to demonstrate the use of teach-back to support patients and families throughout the healthcare journey. The teach-back method, also called the "show-me" method, is a communication confirmation method...read more