Memorial Leaders Share Improvement
Initiatives with Legislators
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[April 23, 2018]
Leaders from Memorial Health System met with legislators at the
Illinois State Capitol on April 12 to share quality improvement
initiatives that have benefited patients, families and communities
while reducing overall healthcare costs.
These initiatives addressed stroke care, behavioral health care,
patient engagement and decreased length of stay for rehabilitation
Memorial Health System leaders were among more than 100 hospital and
health system leaders from across Illinois who shared with
legislators their efforts to improve patient care and safety during
the Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s (IHA) Quality
Advocacy Showcase. A total of 92 hospitals and health systems were
represented at the event.
“Events like these allow our hospitals and our healthcare system to
engage with political leaders and inform them of the significant
work being accomplished here in central Illinois,” Jim Wilkerson,
system director for operations improvement for Memorial Health
Memorial Health System leaders met with Sen. Andy Manar and Rep. Tim
Butler during the event. Wilkerson said the legislators were very
interested in the improvement efforts and provided insightful
comments to the team.
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Benefits from the Memorial projects included improved access to care, reduced
length of stay, improved healthcare outcomes, reduced patient costs, increased
employment, increased healthcare coverage, greater community collaboration and
improved patient and family engagement.
IHA’s Quality Advocacy Showcase, in its third year, is designed to demonstrate
visually the work of physicians, nurses, quality improvement leaders and
hospital administrators to develop and implement solutions to improve care. IHA
produced one 30-by-42-inch poster per hospital or health system project for the
“This event provides a timely reminder of the life-saving work Illinois
hospitals do daily and the critical role state government plays in ensuring that
hospitals have the resources to continue to provide high-quality care to all
Illinoisans,” A.J. Wilhelmi, IHA president and CEO, said.
[MICHAEL LEATHERS, MEMORIAL HEALTH