The Tennessee Hospital Association’s Tennessee Center for Patient Safety (TCPS) was launched in 2007 with funding from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation. The purpose of TCPS is to advance the adoption of proven evidence-based strategies that improve the reliability, safety, and quality of care received in Tennessee hospitals. The Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) Board of Directors is committed to a board aim of zero preventable harm and the Partnership for Patients goals of reducing hospital-acquired conditions by 40% and preventable readmissions by 20% by the end of 2013. One hundred and twenty-six Tennessee hospitals are participating in programs instituted by the TCPS, and those hospitals serve more than ninety percent of all patients admitted to hospitals in the state.

Key Initiatives:
The AHRQ HSOPS helps hospitals and healthcare systems assess their organizations’ culture of patient safety. From July 2008 through December 2012, eighty-one (81) Tennessee hospitals completed the survey, representing over 50,000 employee responses.
TSQC, a 22-hospital surgical quality collaborative, was formed with the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons to share surgical process and outcomes data to improve surgical care for patients utilizing the American College of Surgeons’ national surgical quality improvement program (NSQIP). TSQC was the first NSQIP state initiative coordinated by a state hospital association and has proven very successful in aligning surgeons and hospitals to work collaboratively to improve surgical care. Successes include: statistically significant decline in 30-day post-operative mortality of 47 percent since 2008; 36% decline in total post-operative complications, resulting in prevention of over 4400 complications since the program began; estimated 516 lives saved and over $5 million in costs avoided.
TCPS is a federally designated PSO, a legally-protected organization that encourages voluntary reporting of patient safety events to improve the safety and quality of health care by collecting, aggregating, and analyzing serious adverse events and near misses in a standardized format for comparison, feedback, and shared learning on an individual, state, and nationwide basis to reduce or eliminate patient harm. To date, 59 healthcare facilities are enrolled in the TCPS PSO. Click here to read the news release. 

TCPS is guided by an advisory council comprised of hospital and health system CEOs, other leaders representing healthcare disciplines including, medicine, quality, nursing, infection control, and risk management. The advisory council includes 13 partner organizations representing professional associations, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), the state Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), business community, Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC), and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST). This diversely representative advisory council has been critical to the center’s success and sustainability, yielding engaged and active partnerships among professional associations and helping to align priorities among stakeholders in designing statewide initiatives.

General THA Contact

Chris Clarke
Senior Vice President

Patrice Mayo
Vice President of Operations

Quality Improvement Resources

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Data Collection Information

THA HEN Toolkit

TCPS Schematic

AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety (HSOPS)