“Every body doing his best is not the answer. It is first necessary that people know what to do.”
"Out of the Crisis," W. Edwards Deming
To promote and ensure a culture of continuous improvement, hospital staff at all levels of the organization actively participate in year-round quality committees that address patient care and operations activities.
This culture of continuous improvement includes adopting a quality policy that is far reaching and aspirational, yet able to be actively incorporated into daily activities. It involves all employees in all facets of the organization, including our hospital, school, residential, and community-based services. To that end, we set measurable objectives to guide our work. And we use systematic tools of performance review to help ensure that our patients and clients are receiving the highest levels of quality care every day. We understand that quality cannot be taken for granted – it is never achieved. Rather, it is something that we must always strive to improve. And as we continue to improve, we will better ensure that Crotched Mountain will remain a beacon of hope for the patients, clients and families that depend on us.
Our Quality Policy
Adopted by Board of Directors on Dec. 3, 2010
Through the dedicated efforts of our professional and direct support staff and in partnership with clients, families and communities, Crotched Mountain will be the region’s most effective, accomplished and safe provider of health, therapy, education, assistive technology and residential support services to people with disabilities and other needs. To achieve this goal we are committed to quality improvement through an organization-wide culture that includes all programs, departments, disciplines and services, with the active involvement of all staff, and with the oversight of our governing Board of Directors.
ISO 9001 is recognized by businesses around the world as the benchmark for continual quality improvement. ISO focuses on efficiency of both clinical and non-clinical processes, meaning if we improve efficiency in nonclinical areas as well as patient, student and client care areas, our delivery systems will provide services better and at less cost. Innovative organizations, including hospitals and schools, have started embracing ISO as a way to identify and focus on the most successful approaches to service, care, billing and other critical aspects of running a modern non-profit business.
Crotched Mountain organizes its quality improvement and assurance program through committees with functional responsibilities for specific areas of focus. These committees report to a Quality Council which itself reports to a Quality Improvement Committee of the Board of Directors. This system ensures that all levels of the organization – from every employee to the governing body – are involved in the quality improvement. The committees are:
- Patient Safety
- Physical Environment of Care
- Infection Control
- Utilization Review and Discharge Planning
- Nursing Leadership
- Physician Leadership
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Client Rights and Ethics
- Corporate Compliance
For more information about our quality initiatives contact:
Lori Keehl-Markowitz, quality improvement specialist
603.547.3311, ext. 1408