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HealthTrust Awards Innovation Grant to LifePoint Health for Antimicrobial Stewardship


$50,000 grant awarded during HealthTrust University Conference

LifePoint Health®, a leading healthcare company based in Brentwood,
Tennessee with a mission of Making Communities Healthier®, today was
awarded the HealthTrust Innovation Grant for its antimicrobial
stewardship program and demonstrating the organization's commitment to
appropriate antimicrobial usage. LifePoint will apply the grant, valued
at $50,000, to advance its capabilities in Days of Therapy reporting,
and Antimicrobial Use and Resistance reporting across facilities in 22

The Innovation Grant will underpin LifePoint's
stewardship program by helping educate staff, practitioners, patients
and their families about the risks of antimicrobial misuse. Data from
the initiative will help improve proper antimicrobial use and patient
outcomes. Coupled with HealthTrust
inSight Advisory
resources, the award will offset costs of
implementing an internal solution (versus outsourcing) that meets
CMS/National Healthcare Safety Network reporting standards, and provides
LifePoint with actionable metrics relating to:

  • Days of Therapy (DOT) and Antimicrobial Use (AU) by targeted
    medication class, medication and disease state (i.e., MRSA, C. diff)
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AR)
  • Benchmark and trending reports for operational, clinical and financial

"Up to one-third of all antibiotics prescribed in hospitals are
unnecessary or inappropriate, and misuse contributes to the growing
problem of antibiotic resistance," said John J. Young, M.D., chief
medical officer of HealthTrust. "Improving the use of antibiotics is a
national priority. By tracking, reporting and taking actions based on
these data, LifePoint will help curb hospital-acquired infections and
the costs associated with treating them."

"Our goal is to provide real, actionable data to our clinicians to
support their efforts in regards to optimal antimicrobial use," said Ken
Gagnon, vice president of pharmacy services for LifePoint Health. "To
build and operationalize this solution internally requires collaboration
among a number of our service lines and integrating multiple EHR
platforms. This grant, along with service line support from HealthTrust,
will help us advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier® by
improving appropriate and cost-effective antimicrobial use and enhancing
clinical outcomes."

HealthTrust established the Innovation Grant in 2014 to sponsor and
reward new, scalable ideas for advancing healthcare by improving care
delivery, health outcomes, cost savings, operational efficiency or
population health. The $50,000 award provides a $25,000 grant and
$25,000 in HealthTrust service line expertise to support the replication
of best practices across the membership.

LifePoint's initiative will be reported in HealthTrust's magazine, The
, and distributed among HealthTrust's membership. The
project team from LifePoint includes Ken Gagnon, PharmD, vice president,
pharmacy services; John Theobald, PharmD, group director, pharmacy
services; Chris Frost, M.D., national medical director, quality
resources; Sandi Hyde, director, quality resources; Allen Armstrong,
director, business intelligence; and Alex Ladd, manager, medication
management informatics. The executive sponsor for the program is Greg
Hostettler, senior vice president of supply chain operations.

About HealthTrust

HealthTrust (Healthtrust Purchasing Group, L.P.) is committed to
strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an
aligned membership model and the delivery of total spend management
advisory solutions that leverage its operator experience, scale and
innovation. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthTrust (
serves over 1,500 hospitals and health systems, and more than 31,000
other member locations including ambulatory surgery centers, physician
practices, long-term care and alternate care sites. On Twitter

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