Newport News VA – Riverside Health System has been recognized for its performance in delivering quality patient care in six clinical areas in a nationwide hospital quality improvement project.

The Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID), the first national project of its kind, was designed by the Center of Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to determine if collaborative sharing of best practices and economic incentives to hospitals are effective at improving the quality of inpatient care. Participation in HQID was voluntary, with a total of 272 hospitals across 36 states participating. 

"Riverside agreed to participate in the national quality initiative because we understand the importance of sharing best practices to make sure our patients receive standards of care that have been clinically proven to result in the best outcome for our patients", said Barry Gross MD, Chief Medical Officer, Riverside Health System.

Riverside was recognized by implementation of initiatives like computerized physician order entry and national best practices accessible to physicians at a keystroke.  Surgical patients receive antibiotics to prevent surgical infections and are receiving medication after surgery to prevent life threatening blood clots.  Riverside also assures that patients with chronic conditions like congestive heart failure receive all the education they need to take better care of themselves at home and avoid readmissions to the hospital. 

The 272 hospitals, including Riverside, participating in the HQID project have, over its six years saved the lives of an estimated 8,500 heart attack patients. Provided approximately 939,612 additional treatments that met the highest quality patient care standards and treated nearly 3 million patients across the six clinical areas.


Published: November 10, 2011