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Saturday 6:23 CST, December 16, 2017

Johns Hopkins - CEO Statement

Ronald R. PetersonPeterson
President
The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System
Baltimore, Maryland

The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System is pleased that the mission of The Joint Commission’s newly formed Center for Transforming Healthcare aligns with our mission "to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in patient care."

We at The Johns Hopkins Hospital are honored to be among the first participants in this program and are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded organizations that have also embraced robust process improvement™ tools such as Lean Six Sigma. We believe our great success with the program is a harbinger of what we can all expect in the future from the Center, which will act as a powerful catalyst for sharing tools and approaches to solving common problems among participating hospitals.

The Center’s focus on hand hygiene as its initial project fits well with our own ongoing efforts to prevent transmission of health-care-acquired infections, and it’s especially timely given the looming threat of H1N1. We know that the best way to minimize and even eliminate most hospital-acquired infections is through good hand-washing techniques. Our involvement with the project has led to a better understanding of the factors leading to lapses in hand hygiene, and in turn, to interventions that have brought lasting improvements across all eight participating hospitals. The identification of common causal factors among the participants is an encouraging sign that the interventions have the potential to improve hand hygiene at hospitals everywhere.

Our engagement in this initiative has also promoted networking beyond the hand hygiene project and is a promising conduit for continued learning and sharing of best practices that will ultimately transform the delivery of health care.