ORLANDO, Fla. — Bridgton Hospital clinical staff members Bobbi Cribby, RN, MS, director of clinical practice, and Denyell Gerchman, R Pharm, pharmacist, were presenters at the Dec. 2009 Institute for Healthcare Improvement Conference (IHI). The conference was host to more than 5,000 health care professionals.

The IHI is an independent nonprofit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world. Founded in 1991 and based in Cambridge, Mass., the organization works to accelerate improvement by building the will for change, cultivating promising concepts for improving patient care and helping health care systems put those ideas into action.

Cribby and Gerchman’s presentation was part of the Maine Critical Access Hospital 2009 Medication Safety Initiative Collaborative Projects currently underway at the 14 Maine critical access hospitals: Bridgton, Blue Hill, Redington-Fairview, Penobscot Valley, Charles A. Dean, Millinocket Regional, Houlton Regional, Mayo Regional, Sebasticook Valley, Mt. Desert, Calais Regional, Rumford, St.
Andrews and Downeast Community.

Judy Tupper, MS, CHES, managing director, Population Health and Health Policy for the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the USM Muskie School of Public Service, submitted the abstract to the IHI for the conference.

Bridgton Hospital staff focused on their Blue Folder Medication Safety Project, a patient-centered medication safety initiative including improved medication history, enhanced use of electronic medical records, a blue folder provided to patients for personal medication history and record keeping, daily pharmacist in-patient rounds and discharge communication and linkage with area and regional pharmacists.

Currently Bridgton Hospital inpatients are provided the blue folder upon discharge. Starting in 2010, Bridgton Hospital primary care practice patients will be provided them as well.
The folder is a portion of a major medication safety initiative launched at Bridgton Hospital in 2009, funded through a Maine Health Access Foundation Grant.

For further details, contact Cribby at 647-6113.

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