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WV Local Success Stories
Quality improvement endeavors can often feel overwhelming, but chances are, you can learn from the experiences that another physician, hospital or nursing home has had in a similar situation. Coupled with support from Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, learning what has worked for others — and what didn't — is a valuable strategic planning component. 

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Quality Insights Partners with the West Virginia Hospital Association

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network partnered with the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) for the “Readmission Reduction: A Collaborative Effort” conference on October 9 at Stonewall Jackson Resort. 
Care providers from multiple disciplines attended the conference, with more than 45 attendees representing hospitals, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities and dialysis centers.  

Conference speakers included Valerie Jividen of the WVHA, Biddy Smith of Quality Insights, Pam George of Genesis Healthcare, Carol Matheny of the Palliative Care Center and Laurel Kirksey of the Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter.

Speakers discussed care transition efforts and barriers of their own organizations and associations, federal government initiatives, the role of palliative care in disease management, the relationship of cognitive impairment to hospital readmission and more.

A panel discussion on the topic of care transition community experiences wrapped up the afternoon and included Diana Stanton of Jackson General Hospital, Karen Haloszka of Ohio Valley Medical Center and Loretta Simon of Williamson Memorial Hospital.

Participant impressions of the conference were positive.

“Many attendees said the conference helped them realize that others shared their same challenges,” Biddy Smith, Project Coordinator for the Care Transitions program at Quality Insights, said. “They gained insight from new initiatives to take back to their respective facilities. Several commented that both the Alzheimer’s and Palliative Care presentations made them think about how much more could/should be done in the community to help increase awareness on both topics. It was a very successful day of not only learning, but networking for the whole group, that will help to improve care transitions across the state.”

Learn more about care transition efforts through Quality Insights.