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Wisconsin Hospitals, Physicians Vow to Eliminate Rare, Serious Errors
Resolution Aimed at Improving Patient Safety, Quality

MADISON (June 6, 2008)----Two of the state’s largest health care organizations jointly announced their support today for a resolution aimed at improving patient safety by working to eliminate nine of the most serous adverse events that can occur in hospitals..

The Wisconsin Hospital Association board of Directors approved and he Wisconsin Medical Society endorsed a resolution that recognizes that while patient safety is the highest priority in health care, serious errors do occur. The resolution includes a list of nine serious adverse events, for example, wrong site surgeries and leaving a foreign object in a patient following surgery, and requests that hospitals seek payment from patients or insurers for hospital care made necessary because of these events.

Wisconsin is among a small, but growing number of states to take this voluntary action.

“This resolution sends a strong message to our communities that we are serious about patient safety. All of our hospitals are actively engaged in improving both the safety and quality of care they provide with a goal of driving errors out of our health care system,” said WHA President Steve Brenton. “Wisconsin consistently ranks at the top of national quality ratings because our health care providers are dedicated to providing the very possible care.”

“Patient safety and access to high quality care are top priorities for physicians across Wisconsin, which is why we support this resolution and look forward to working with hospitals in this effort,” said Society CEO Susan Turney, MD. “We are extremely proud of the care we deliver, and his is one more way we can improve healthcare in Wisconsin.”

The new resolution builds on a series of initiatives launched in Wisconsin over the 9past four years aimed art increasing health are transparency. In 2004, Wisconsin became rthe first state to voluntarily report ten measures related to hospital quality, a list that now includes nearly 50 measures ( The following year, WHA launched the PricePoint program that displays charge information for every hospital in Wisconsin (

About WHA: The Wisconsin Hospital Association advocate on behalf of its member hospitals and health systems and supports their efforts to provide high quality, cost effective, and accessible care in the communities they serve. Learn more at


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