"Our first priority at RMH is the safety of our patients," said Dr. Dale Carroll, chief medical officer and senior vice president, clinical effectiveness.
noted that preventing hospital-acquired infections is a top priority for RMH.
"We focus globally on hygiene, including hand-washing, as well as infection prevention protocols," he
"We also have teams who actively address each type of hospital-acquired infection.
We continuously review our infection-prevention processes and identify opportunities to improve."
applauded the teamwork between the hospital-based radiologists and community physicians for the lower rate of unneeded scanning.
"Our radiologists are diligent and work with other physicians to discuss what scans are ordered and how to keep patients safe from unnecessary exposure to radiation," he
RMH also received recognition from Consumer Reports
for a low mortality rate, meaning fewer patients admitted for any reason die while in the hospital than the national average.
added that as a member of the Sentara Health System
, RMH benefits from the sharing of best practices in quality, patient safety and process improvement with the nine other not-for-profit hospitals in the system.
"Learning from each other what has worked well and how to do better benefits not only RMH patients, but the many thousands of patients served by all Sentara hospitals in their respective communities," he
"Sentara's commitment to patient safety resulted in the development of an independent company, Healthcare Performance Improvement
, whom RMH engaged several years ago to help us on our patient safety journey.
"Reports such as this underscore our commitment to patient safety and highlight the progress we've made," he