Beloit Health System has been selected to participate in Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB). Bringing together 16 hospital teams from across the state to lead improvements in the quality and safety of patient care, it is a part of an innovative nationwide program led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
TCAB is a new nurse-led hospital program that engaged frontline staff to work together to identify, pilot, test and adopt new practices over an 18-month period. Participating nurses will then share their successes and lessons learned with other hospitals across the country.
"As Wisconsin and the nation look at improving care, it is important that we provide local models of reforms that are good for everyone," says Doris Mulder, Vice President of Beloit Health System. "Our participation in this program shows that we are leading the efforts to improve patient care and increase efficiency."
It’s all part of Aligning Forces for Quality, the Foundation’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, as well as reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform. The TCAB program in Wisconsin is being led by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA).
"The beauty of TCAB is that quality becomes practical in the hands of bedside nurses who are given the tools to conduct small tests of change, then adapt, adopt, or abandon those tests until an innovation becomes a new way of doing things," according to Judy Warmuth, RN, WHA vice president, workforce.
"This project will help Wisconsin, which is already known as a national leader in both patient safety and quality, attain an even higher standard of care," adds Warmuth.
In Wisconsin, Aligning Forces for Quality is a joint project by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, Wisconsin Hospital Association, and other organizations. Funded by RWJF, all of the regional TCAB efforts are coordinated by The Center for Health Care Quality at The George Washington University Medical Center School of Public Health and Health Services, which serves as the national program office for the Aligning Forces for Quality initiative. Local hospitals were recently asked to apply to participate in this hospital-based quality improvement component of the initiative.