Interim SageWest Infection Prevention Director Leslie Teachout, center, accepted the awards at an Infection Prevention Conference held in Casper in April. (Sage West photo)

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – SageWest Health Care facilities, formally operating as Lander Regional Hospital and Riverton Memorial Hospital, were recognized by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health–Wyoming and Wyoming Department of Health for achieving excellence in infection prevention at the annual Infection Prevention Conference held in Casper last month.

The Lander hospital achieved zero central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI), zero catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), and zeroClostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections in 2013. The Riverton hospital achieved zero CLABSIs and zero C. difficile infections for the same time period.

All 27 Wyoming Prospective Payment System (PPS) and Critical Access (CAH) hospitals are committed to reporting at least one unit to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) national healthcare acquired infection database and to implement research-based best practices. Wyoming is the only state that has all CAH and PPS hospitals voluntarily reporting these numbers, which reflects their dedication to providing the best patient care possible.

“We’re extremely proud of our continuous record in both hospitals,” Steve Erixon, CEO at SageWest, said. “This is a testament to the dedication of all our team members to provide quality care to our communities.”

The NHSN, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting and data program, statistically calculates risk adjusted predictions of how many CLABSI, CAUTI and C.difficile infections would occur in each hospital. Wyoming hospitals consistently have fewer infections than predicted and continue work to decrease the infections that occur. SageWest Health Care demonstrate their dedication to reducing healthcare associated infections by exceeding national goals and acheving zero infections.

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