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St. Luke's Health–Sugar Land Hospital Receives Premier Inc. Award for Reducing Hospital-acquired Conditions and Readmissions

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SUGAR LAND, TX (August 22, 2017)—St. Luke's Health–Sugar Land Hospital (Sugar Land Hospital) has been recognized by Premier Inc. for reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) and readmissions, as part of their participation during the federal Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 initiative.

Partnership for Patients is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) program that works to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of healthcare for all Americans by working with a Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), which includes 4,000 hospitals across the county.

This prestigious award is given to hospitals that have made significant strides in meeting program goals. Eleven harm topics were reviewed and finalists represent the top 10 percent of the HIIN hospitals for a total score (= 90th percentile). Facilities must also be making improvements in 30-day readmissions. HIINs work to sustain and accelerate national progress and momentum towards continued harm reduction, help identify solutions already working, and then disseminate them to other hospitals and providers. The eleven harm topics are:

  • Adverse drug events (ADE)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  • Clostridium difficile (CDI) and antibiotic stewardship
  • Injuries from falls and immobility
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Preventable readmissions
  • Sepsis and septic shock
  • Surgical site infections (SSI)
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Ventilator-associated events (VAE)

“Participation in this initiative reinforces our commitment to reliably deliver the best care experience to our community,” said Rob Heifner, Sugar Land Hospital president. “We're proud to receive the Premier Partnership for Patients HEN 2.0 Award as we continue down our path of reducing HACs and readmissions.”

Ambitious goals are set for HIINs. Through 2019, the goal is to achieve a 20 percent decrease in overall patient harm and a 12 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions.

“Sugar Land Hospital is a prime example of performance improvement in healthcare,” said Roshni Ghosh MD, vice president of government services, chief medical information officer, Premier. “Through commitment, transparency, trust and engagement they are collaborating with peers to create a culture of safe, reliable and coordinated care. We are constantly amazed by these accomplishments. Premier congratulates everyone at St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital for their hard work and tremendous achievements.”


About St. Luke&'s Health

St. Luke's Health, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets? St. Luke's Health is home of the Texas Heart Institute (THI), eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife® Center, and several Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; St. Luke&'s Health Memorial (three hospitals and a long-term acute care facility in East Texas); and St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, St. Luke's is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine®, which encompasses Baylor St. Luke`s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center. Together, St. Luke's Health, THI, and Baylor College of Medicine® are transforming health care delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of health care to create healthier communities. For more information, visit

St. Luke's Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation's largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 105 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Learn more at

About Premier Inc.

Premier Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,750 U.S. hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organizations. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes.

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