Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care Recognizes White River Medical Center

AFMC program recognizes excellence in healthcare

Robin Anderson, RN, Jody Smotherman, PharmDWhite River Medical Center (WRMC) earned a Hospital CAUTI (catheter-associated urinary tract infection) Reduction Award from the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) at their annual Quality Awards program. Over the past year, WRMC has reduced the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 50 percent.

The Quality Awards are designed to recognize improvement in individual health care organizations’ performance in AFMC’s quality improvement projects. The Hospital CAUTI Reduction Award recognizes hospitals that have committed to focus efforts in the reduction of catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

Robin Anderson, WRMC Quality Management Supervisor and Infection Preventionist attended training sessions and worked with a team of nurses and nurse leaders from across the hospital to reduce catheter infections by implementing the Stop CAUTI project frameworks. On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI is a two year program aimed at reducing the rates of catheter associated urinary tract infections by working with state organizations and hospitals across the country to implement the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and CAUTI reduction practices. According to the website for On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI, catheter-associated urinary tract infections are the most common type of healthcare-associated infection in the nation.

“Urinary catheter infections plague healthcare facilities across the nation. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to prevent them,” said Anderson. “This is about more than being recognized for an award; it is about providing the best care for our patients.”

WRMC is a 235-bed regional referral center and the flagship facility of White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices.  White River Health System is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.