My clients at University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital and the East Carolina Heart Institute are having a big day today. US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is visiting Pitt County Memorial Hospital (Greenville, NC) to highlight the new National Partnership for Patients Initiative. She will be touring East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (529 Moye Boulevard) today at 2:30pm. There will be a community round table discussion at 3pm.
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will join Congressman G.K. Butterfield, hospital officials, doctors, patients and other key health care advocates at the East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt County Memorial Hospital to highlight the Partnership for Patients. Launched last month, the Partnership is projected to save 60,000 lives by stopping millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years. It also has the potential to save up to $35 billion, including up to $10 billion for Medicare. Over the next ten years, it could reduce costs to Medicare by about $50 billion and result in billions more in Medicaid savings.
Already, more than 1,500 hospitals, as well as physicians and nurses organizations, consumer groups, and employers totaling more than 3,000 partners have pledged their commitment to this initiative. Among partners committed to patient safety, University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and Pitt County Memorial Hospital are national leaders in the efforts to ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care. This event is the second of a series of hospital visits around the country the Secretary will make to highlight models of excellence as a part of the Partnership for Patients.
For more details on the Partnership for Patients, go to http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/partnership04122011a.html.
Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer