GVMH – helping patients across the state


Meet Fred and Fran Foley.  The pair helped to eliminate Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections at GVMH and now they are helping patients across the state.

Each month the Missouri Hospital Association produces a newsletter for all Missouri Hospitals titled “Trajectories”.  The purpose of the newsletter is to help hospitals improve care and GVMH was recently recognized as a model organization in the fight to reduce Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s).  Here’s an excerpt and then I will provide more info after.

“This issue of Trajectories discusses the importance of preventing health care-associated infections. In 2011, a prevalence study completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that on any given day about 1 in 25 hospital patients suffer from at least one health care-associated infection. Based on the 1,009,317 admissions in Missouri hospitals in 2014, an estimated 40,373 HAIs occurred during that timeframe. That’s nearly equivalent to Jefferson City’s population. Nationally, about 10 percent of HAIs lead to death.

In keeping with the national trend, 4,037 people died in Missouri hospitals because of an HAI in 2014.  Hospitals currently use many types of invasive procedures and devices to treat patients. Infections can be associated with these devices, such as catheters or ventilators. Fifteen years ago, doctors saw central-line infections as a horrible but unavoidable side effect of modern medicine. Inserting a foreign object into a patient’s body came with the risk of pathogens entering, also, or so it was thought.

Today, in an effort to improve the safety and quality of care provided under the pay-for-performance model, hospitals that perform in the lowest quartile with respect to rates of hospital-acquired conditions (including avoidable infections) will lose a portion of their base Medicare payment. This is based on the HAC Reduction Program, which aligns with the idea that a hospital-acquired condition is a never-event.”

If you want to read the full issue just click.

GVMH was one of two organizations identified as a role model for other hospitals.  GVMH has been CAUTI free since 2011 and that hasn’t been by luck.  A multidisciplinary team developed processes and policies to prevent CAUTI’s.  The process is monitored daily and results of staff efforts are transparent and posted for patients and staff to see.

At the close of a meeting of our Leadership Team a couple of weeks ago I left the group with this question “Someone’s got to be the best, why not us”?  When it comes to reducing HAI’s GVMH is proving to be the best especially where CAUTI’s are concerned.


About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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