Foundation receives recognition award for HEN work

Patti Taylor

The DFW Hospital Council Foundation received a recognition award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for its work on Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) projects during the CMS Quality Conference, December 13 in Baltimore.

Patti Taylor, the Foundation’s director of quality and patient safety services, was present to receive the plaque in recognition for “diligent work, authentic collaboration with patients, clinicians and partners and unprecedented national impact on patient safety in all U.S. hospitals.”

In 2012, 26 Hospital Engagement Networks were formed by the CMS as part of the Partnership for Patients campaign to reduce harm and improve the quality and safety of healthcare. The DFWHC Foundation was a participant in one of those networks. It is estimated the U.S. HENs saved 87,000 lives, decreased patient injuries by more than two million and saved $19.8 billion in hospital savings.

The award was presented by CMS executives Dr. Paul McGann, Jean Moody-Williams and Dennis Wagner.