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Governor recognizes Burcham Hills’ quality care

Wednesday, July 23, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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For Immediate Release                 Contact: Barbara Smith, Director of Quality & Strategy

July 15, 2014                                                                517-351-8377


Governor recognizes Burcham Hills’ quality care


Burcham Hills Center for Health & Rehabilitation, as part of the Capital Area Collaborative for Care Transitions, has received MPRO’s 2014 Governor’s Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement in improving care transitions.

To receive the honor, the Collaborative submitted three interventions employed in the Lansing area to reduce readmission within 30 days of discharge back to the hospital.  One of the interventions submitted was Bridging Medications across Settings of Care designed by Burcham Hills and Sparrow Hospital Pharmacy.  The intervention assures that patients transitioning to Burcham Hills Center for Health & Rehabilitation have a reconciled medication administration list and 48 hours of medications to avoid gaps in administration and reduce pain.

“The award demonstrates Michigan’s deep commitment to providing high quality, safe and efficient health care,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “By using proven, evidence-based practices, award winners are making sure individuals get the right care at the right time.”

Patients who have moved from the hospital to Burcham report high satisfaction and improved outcomes.  Burcham has been a leader in the Capital Area Collaborative for Care Transitions, striving to prevent medication or care gaps when patients transfer between facilities.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to partner with Burcham Hills and other dedicated organizations across the state of Michigan,” said MPRO President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Yellan, MPH, J.D, FACHE. “To be able to recognize these accomplishments with the governor’s office underscores the importance of efforts to improve health care quality in the state.”

“Our care of patients begins before they arrive at Burcham’s facilities,” says Pam Ditri, Burcham’s executive director.  “We are focused on making each transition a safe and positive one for every patient.” 

The award criteria are based on the National Quality Strategy, Partnership for Patients and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Organizations’ 10th Statement of Work. The preventive care metrics also align with the governor’s Healthy Michigan 4X4 plan.

Burcham Hills is a continuum-of-care retirement community providing quality retirement living in its Resident Center and short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing care in its Center for Health & Rehabilitation.  A not-for-profit organization, Burcham Hills was founded in 1974 in East Lansing and offers the most flexible range of senior housing options on a 38-acre campus and the highest quality standards in retirement living.


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