Osceola Medical Center’s “Zero” Infections Takes a Team

October 08, 2019

Osceola Medical Center was recently recognized for its success in achieving zero surgical site infections in hip and knee surgeries – a highly-touted industry standard for quality of care.

Osceola Medical Center is one of more than 80 Wisconsin hospitals participating in the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network. Since 2016, these hospitals have been working together to reduce patient harm events, like surgical site infections, and improve the culture of safety for staff and patients. The project promotes learning best practices in quality from across the country, and the opportunity to collaborate with other improvement teams to share how they have made strides toward achieving zero harm.

The award was presented by Beth Dibbert, WHA’s chief quality officer.

“Preventing infections requires a multidisciplinary approach, and multiple best-practice strategies,” Dibbert said. “WHA is proud to support and recognize hospitals like Osceola Medical Center. Wisconsin’s culture of collaboration allows hospitals of any size to succeed in patient safety and quality.”

This story originally appeared in the October 08, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter