Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, and 22 trauma centers throughout the state, in partnership with the American College of Surgeons, are launching an initiative aimed at improving quality and safety of care provided in Michigans trauma centers.
This initiative, called the Michigan Trauma Quality Improvement Program, will create a statewide infrastructure for trauma hospitals to measure and improve patient outcomes, identify best practices for quality and safety of care, and share data to make trauma care more effective. Each participating hospital will enroll in the national American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program.
According to the National Trauma Institute, traumatic injury is a major public health problem in the U.S. Each year, trauma accounts for 37 million ED visits and 2.6 million hospital admissions.
The initiatives first phase launched in January 2011 with the following hospitals:
Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo
Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo
Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit
Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit
Hurley Medical Center, Flint
Marquette General Health System, Marquette
Munson Community Health Center, Traverse City
Regional Medical Center, Pontiac
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit
Sparrow Hospital, Lansing
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor
University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor
William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
By January 2012, eight more trauma centers will join the initiative, bringing the Michigan total to all of the states 22 verified Level 1 and 2 trauma centers.