Tuesday, March 10, 2015
An Injection of Cash
FHA plunks $5M into the system hoping to reduce hallway health care
Released by Fraser Health Authority
raser Health is announcing a $5million investment in health care, including hiring more health care professionals to improve the quality of care and experience for its patients and their families.
This plan will help shift reliance on hospital care by preventing avoidable admissions to hospital, support more efficient processes so patients go home from hospital sooner, and increase health care supports in the community.
"It's encouraging to see the improvements that Fraser Health is making by focusing to remove barriers that can impact the flow of patients and ensuring transition to community care is a priority," says Health Minister Terry Lake. "This aligns with the Ministry of Health's strategic focus for health care in which we are looking at ways to reduce reliance on our hospitals."
the use of hallway beds is a priority for Fraser Health, and these
investments will help to achieve this.
The health authority has introduced new
processes and additional supports to help ensure people aren’t staying
in hospital longer than is necessary, so an appropriate bed is available
for those in need. As a result, Fraser Health has already seen success
in some of its hospitals by reducing length of stay, increasing the
number of patients that go home in the morning, and decreasing the time
until a bed is made available for a new patient.
Some of the investments Fraser Health is implementing support our Home is Best philosophy, and include:
“We say we want to protect our valuable and expensive hospital resources and provide more care in our communities and so with this initial investment, we can make some system changes that will help do just that,” says Marchbank. “We stand to improve a number of elements with this plan, not the least of which is the patient experience.”
Fraser Health has made significant progress on improving its quality and patient safety performance and is focused on improvements in other areas including more efficient hospital operations. The health authority is committed to transparency in its reporting, and publishes monthly Health Care Report Cards, that measure key performance areas.