LEWISTON – St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is one of four hospitals selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to participate in an effort to improve the quality of care in hospitals.

The program will help nurses and other frontline staff identify, test and implement changes that will improve the quality and safety of patient care in their medical and surgical units.

The program is part of RWJF’s Aligning Forces for Quality initiative, a cornerstone of the foundation’s $300 million commitment to improving quality in specific regions across the United States. Quality Counts coordinates local efforts for the program. Maine was selected last year as one of 14 AF4Q communities nationwide.

Hospitals that have participated in the program report a cultural shift on their medical-surgical units that has produced better clinical outcomes, more time spent with patients by staff, and lower turnover of nursing jobs.

Nurses from Eastern Maine Medical Center, Redington-Fairview General Hospital, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Southern Maine Medical Center will develop innovations to improve quality of care

Eastern Maine Medical Center, Redington-Fairview General Hospital Southern Maine Medical Center are the other facilities involved in the effort.

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