HQI Cares & BETA HEART
HQI is pleased to announce a partnership with BETA Healthcare Group. Through HQI Cares, members now have the opportunity to participate in the BETA HEART® program.
Implementing BETA HEART to Build a Culture of Safety
HQI Cares is proud to offer BETA HEART — the premiere program for inspiring change and helping health care organizations establish cultures that advance patient safety.
BETA HEART Overview
BETA HEART (healing, empathy, accountability, resolution and trust) is a coordinated program that helps organizations create a reliable, sustainable and transparent culture of safety.
Creating such a culture is a multi-year process and often requires changes throughout the organization. As the industry leader in promoting organization-wide culture transformation, BETA HEART will assist your hospital to:
- Develop accountable and reliable systems that support provision of safe care;
- Support and value all members of the health care delivery team;
- Develop empathic and clinically appropriate processes that support healing of both the patient and clinician after an adverse event;
- Develop mechanisms for early, ethical resolution of harm caused by medical error or inappropriate care; and
- Instill trust between clinicians and patients.
Program at a Glance
BETA HEART is an interactive and collaborative program comprised of five individual and closely integrated domains — essential components of the culture of safety and transparency.
|Culture of Safety||Administering a scientifically validated, psychometrically sound culture-of-safety survey to measure staff perceptions of safety and engagement, as well as sharing and debriefing results.|
|Rapid Event Response
|A formalized process for early identification of adverse events and rapid response. Includes cognitive interviewing tactics to collect information. Event analysis integrates human factors science, systems analysis and the principles of Just Culture.|
|A commitment to honest and transparent communication with patients and family members after an adverse event; communication that begins early and continues through resolution.|
|Care for the Caregiver||An organizational program that ensures emotional support for members of the health care team involved in, and/or impacted by, an adverse event.|
|Early Resolution||A process for early resolution when harm is deemed a result of inappropriate care or medical error.|
Program Workshops: Domains are introduced through distinct workshops attended by key individuals from participating hospitals. After each workshop, our program team will work with your organization to develop a plan and provide you with customized support as you progress through domain implementation.
Participation Timeline – Key Dates:
June 2021 – October 2021: Hospital Enrollment
June 2021 – January 2022: Preliminary hospital assessments
February 2022: Programming begins. (Estimated 2-5 years to complete.)
CEOs Weigh in on BETA HEART
The value of BETA HEART is explained by three CEOs who have experienced the program first-hand:
John Fankhauser, MD
President/CEO, Ventura County Medical Center
Donna J. Hefner, RN, BSN, MSHS, CPHRM
President/CEO, Sierra View Medical Center
Lawrence E. Lewis
President/CEO, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District
|Fankhauser: “BETA HEART has instilled in our organizational culture the value of communicating early and openly with patients and families after difficult events. This has been transformative. I know of patients who after experiencing adverse events told us they decided to continue their care with us because of how honestly we communicated.”|
|Hefner: “While the program may change the medical malpractice cost curve, the benefits of BETA HEART go much further. A far bigger value is that the program has taught us how to properly and respectfully address the needs and concerns of both our patients and staff after difficult events. BETA HEART helped us understand the importance of caring for the caregiver and gave us the tools to support our workforce.”|
|Lewis: “As an organization we are looking for excellence in every aspect of patient care. BETA HEART is a comprehensive program that has cemented our commitment to building a culture of safety. With their help we’ve attained a higher level of staff engagement related to safety and quality and that is allowing us to take definitive steps toward improving employee satisfaction and addressing burnout.”|
Want to learn more about the advantages of implementing the BETA HEART program? We’re here for you. Contact:
Boris Kalanj, MSW
Director of Programs
Hospital Quality Institute