Joint Commission launches center to address patient safety failures

The Joint Commission has partnered with top hospitals and health systems across the country to launch the Center for Transforming Healthcare, seeking to identify new strategies for determining the causes of and stopping “dangerous and potentially deadly breakdowns in patient care.” 

According to the Press Release, the Center’s first initiative is tackling hand washing failures that contribute to health care-associated infections that kill nearly 100,000 Americans each year and cost U.S. hospitals $4 billion to $29 billion annually to combat.

Eight leading hospitals and health systems volunteered to address hand washing failures as a critical patient safety problem–one that requires fixes far more complex than just putting up signs urging caregivers to wash their hands. Participants in the Center’s first project to make care safer by being more reliable are:

  • Cedars-Sinai Health System, Los Angeles, California
  • Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
  • Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Memorial Hermann Health Care System, Houston, Texas
  • Trinity Health, Novi, Michigan
  • Virtua, Marlton, New Jersey
  • Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, September 11, 2009)