Sierra Vista Participates in Partnership for Patients 
Ron Yukelson 
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center has pledged to participate in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative, a new public-private collaboration between the government, hospitals and other health care providers to help improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans. Sierra Vista made this commitment along with the other Tenet owned hospitals throughout the nation.

“We view this partnership as an opportunity to advance our commitment to reducing patient harm and to improving care,” said Candace L. Markwith, Sierra Vista’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Partnership for Patients will build on the numerous steps Sierra Vista and other hospitals have already taken to develop a culture of safety,” Markwith said. “This is an important initiative for Sierra Vista as we continue our commitment to provide the right care in the right setting in the most compassionate and clinically appropriate manner.”

By signing this pledge, Sierra Vista has agreed to:

·        Make reducing readmission rates a priority of our Governing Board, senior leaders, physicians, clinicians and staff;

·        Support physicians, clinicians and staff working for and with Sierra Vista and engage patients and families in order to make care safer, improve communication and increase coordination by implementing proven systems and processes; and

·        Learn from and share with others our experiences with making care safer and more coordinated.