Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART)
Keeping Patients at Home
“I’m so scared that one day I just won’t wake up,” admitted the 40 year-old heart failure patient. He kept going back to the hospital because that was the only place he really felt safe.
Care providers at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg stepped in and found a home health agency that could monitor his blood pressure, weight and glucose levels remotely. They got him into a cardiac rehabilitation program. They helped him understand his medication instructions. They gave him peace of mind.
It was an aggressive but reachable goal: significantly reduce unnecessary re-hospitalizations so patients suffering from chronic conditions could stay home with their families and sleep in their own beds at night. How was this achieved? By bringing a large, fragmented community together to close communication gaps, form active partnerships and create new best practices.
Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART) was formed in 2012 to tackle readmission rates in South Carolina. More than 200 health care and community service organizations have participated in this collaborative program.
PART offers proven educational resources within an inclusive community where diverse providers from all corners of the state brainstorm solutions, trade stories, share successes and frustrations, and give each other advice and support. It’s about building a map to smoother transitions of care – together.
- Targeted readmissions reduced by 15%
- 1,400 hospital stays avoided
- South Carolina now ranks 9th in the country in the improvement of readmissions.
- 59 member hospitals
- BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
- Health Sciences South Carolina
- Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence
- Society of Hospital Medicine
- South Carolina Office on Aging
- skilled nursing facilities
- home health, hospice
This work is made possible by the generosity of The Duke Endowment. South Carolina’s hospitals are grateful for the vision of James B. Duke, who established The Duke Endowment in December of 1924. For more information on the legacy of Mr. Duke and the work of The Duke Endowment, visit www.dukeendowment.org.