Cody Regional Health Wins Award
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 18, 2018
Cody Regional Health is going above and beyond when it comes to the safety of its patients.
The hospital was recently awarded the Jeff Martin Gold Award for Excellence – the ninth year in a row that the organization has been recognized for their efforts to enhance patient safety and overall safety for families, staff and the communities served by Yellowstone member hospitals.
This year Cody Regional Health won the award for implementing a program to educate inpatients about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Congestive Heart Failure.
Cardiopulmonary and Home Oxygen Director Lori Arnold points out that these two diseases cost the country over 60 billion dollars in health care expenditures annually. She says this program was designed to educate patients on their disease process and what signs and symptoms to look for and when to contact their primary care doctor, which prevents potential re-admissions to a health care facility such as Cody Regional Health.
Because of their efforts, Arnold says Cody Regional Health has decreased the number of readmissions of this population by over 5%, bringing the hospital to well below the national average for readmissions of COPD and CHF patients.
Since the program’s inception in 2009, Cody Regional Health has been the only healthcare system to win the top-level Jeff Martin Award for Excellence every year for nine consecutive years.