Tappahannock VA – Riverside Tappahannock Hospital has been named a Top Performer in the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration Project (HQID) for delivering high quality care in five of the five clinical areas. Memorial Regional Medical Center in Richmond was the other hospital.

Based on year six results, Riverside Tappahannock Hospital received recognition in the following five clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, hip and knee replacement and care of surgical patients.

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital achieved these goals through efforts to include making sure 100% of patients receive the appropriate antibiotic before surgery to avoid infections and medicating patients after surgery to avoid life threatening blood clots. Patients with Chest Pain receive aspirin on arrival. And patients with chronic conditions like Congestive Heart Failure receive all of the education they need to take better care of themselves in order to avoid readmissions to the hospital.

The combination of clinical teamwork at the bedside, electronic health records and critical process checks all working together ensure that the care provided at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is meeting national benchmarks for excellent care delivery. Additionally, through the implementation of initiatives like computerized physician order entry, national best practices are accessible to physicians at a keystroke.

“Providing outstanding patient care has always been our primary mission,” said Liz Martin Administrator Riverside Tappahannock Hospital “Our successes in this project are a testament to ongoing efforts to improve care delivery.”

The Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration Project (HQID) was launched in October 2003 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Premier Healthcare Alliance. Participation in HQID was voluntary, with hospitals receiving payments based on the quality and performance demonstrated. 272 total hospitals across 36 states participated.

HQID, the first national project of its kind, was designed to determine if economic incentives to hospitals are effective at improving the quality of inpatient care. Hospitals in the project include small/large, urban/rural, teaching/non-teaching facilities.

According to the HQID program, 8500 patient’s lives were saved during a heart attack by meeting these measures. Dr. James Dudley, Emergency Room physician at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital said “that many of those lives saved are those of our friends and neighbors right here in the Tappahannock/Northern Neck region that chose Riverside Tappahannock Hospital for their emergency care.”


Published: November 10, 2011