NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 30, 2011

Unique Initiative Focuses on Quality and Patient Safety

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The University of New Mexico has announced its participation in Best Practices for Better Care (BPBC), a new, multi-year initiative of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals that focuses the unique missions of academic medicine – medical education, patient care, and research – on the challenge of improving the quality and safety of health care.

As a participant in BPBC, UNM has committed to implement the campaign’s five initial components, including:

· Teaching the next generation of doctors about the importance of quality and patient safety;

· Ensuring safer surgery through use of surgical checklists;

· Reducing infections from central lines using proven protocols;

· Reducing hospital readmissions for high-risk patients; and

· Researching, evaluating, and disseminating new and improved practices.

BPBC is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the not-for-profit association that represents the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. For more information on Best Practices for Better Care, visitwww.aamc.org/bestpractices. For more information on UNM Hospital, visithttp://hospitals.unm.edu/.


Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322