The Spotlight on Improvement series highlights real stories of health care quality improvement. These case studies can be used to improve health care programs and spark new collaborations.

Pacific Medical Center: Successful population management by putting patients and quality first

August 2014: Pacific Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.

How do you successfully manage the health of a population? Pacific Medical Center did so by creating a strong patient and service-focused team environment. They built a robust quality infrastructure that uses patient registries and reporting to facilitate proactive care, developed improvement initiatives through patient care committees and focused on continuous improvement through internal and external benchmarking. Their hard work and focus on continuous quality improvement is clearly seen in their above average quality scores in the Community Checkup.

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Improving Patient Experience: How UW Neighborhood Clinics Improved Their Patients’ Experience of Care

Learn how UW Neighborhood Clinics dramatically improved the experience of their patients through a thoughtful, comprehensive strategy that puts patients first. In the Alliance’s 2012 Your Voice Matters report, UWNC had mixed results; compared to the newly released 2014 report, UWNC is one of only five medical groups who received all-above-regional scores.

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Group Health improved patient care and reduced costs by lowering unnecessary pap-screening tests

March 2014: Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, Wash.

Group Health used the Choosing Wisely campaign as a way to encourage provider and patient conversations on the necessity and safety of tests, treatments and procedures and to avoid unnecessary or potentially harmful care. They paired this with an electronic medical record trigger tool to help reduce unnecessary testing and reduce wasteful spending.

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PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center: Improving Care through Glycemic Management

November 2013: PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

In 2006, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center initiated an internal glycemic control task force to review protocol and found that blood glucose targets were not regularly met in cardiac patients. The group also found that the special needs of patients with diabetes were not commonly met before discharge and there was little continuity of care once patients transitioned from the hospital back into the community.

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