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Silver Cross Hospital Begins New Program to Help Will County Patients Leave Hospital Safely

Developed by the Society of Hospital Medicine, Project BOOST Brings National Expertise to Will County to Reduce 30-Day Readmissions and Improve Patient Care

Joliet, IL (September 9, 2011) — Silver Cross Hospital has been selected to participate in the Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM) year-long Project BOOST Mentoring Program. SHM’s Project BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older adults through Safe Transitions) is a national quality improvement program which aims to improve the care of patients as they transition from hospital to home or other care facilities.

According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, one in five patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge, costing Medicare over $17.4 billion dollars annually.

Silver Cross Hospital is among more than 60 hospitals nationwide participating in Project BOOST. Many have already helped reduce their unplanned readmissions rates.

“Silver Cross is honored to be participating in such an innovative project as the Project BOOST Mentoring Program. By continuing to improve our processes, we will ultimately enhance the care we provide to our patients and improve their quality of life,” says David Schlappy, Vice President Quality and Medical Staff Services for Silver Cross Hospital.

Project BOOST assesses each patient’s individual risk for re-hospitalization and customizes the discharge process by working with the patient and their family to ensure they understand their diagnosis, prescribed medications, and confirmed follow-up care after hospitalization.

Silver Cross Hospital will receive individualized training from a BOOST mentor and work through a team based approach to optimize patient care.

“Project BOOST is a targeted program to reduce readmissions. It provides an extensive toolkit which quality improvement leaders can use to enhance the quality of the hospital discharge while reducing health care costs. SHM is excited to be working with the nation’s healthcare leaders to transform healthcare and revolutionize patient care,” said Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, FHM, Principal Investigator for Project BOOST.

Project BOOST, originally developed through funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, has been created and refined by hospitalist quality improvement experts and SHM staff in conjunction with a national advisory board of recognized leaders in hospital medicine, care transitions, payers and regulatory agencies. For more information on Project BOOST or SHM please visit www.hospitalmedicine.org/BOOST.

About SHM
Representing the fastest growing specialty in modern healthcare, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is the leading medical society for more than 31,000 hospitalists and their patients. SHM is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for all hospitalized patients and overall excellence in the practice of hospital medicine through quality improvement, education, advocacy and research. Over the past decade, studies have shown that hospitalists decrease patient lengths of stay, reduce hospital costs and readmission rates and increasing patient satisfaction. For more information about SHM and hospital medicine, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in Feb. 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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