HHS Director Visits Pitt County Memorial Hospital

U.S. Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sebelius will visit Pitt County Memorial Hospital to discuss a new program focusing on the high rate of complications from hospital stays.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield and officials of University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina will join Sebelius for a round-table discussion Monday.

Sebelius will talk about the Partnership for Patients initiative that started in April. That was also when Health Affairs magazine published a report showing one in three hospital patients suffers some form of medical error, hospital-induced infection or other potentially avoidable problem.

Health and Human Services officials say Partnership for Patients is expected to save 60,000 lives over the next three years and save $35 million in health care costs through reduction of complications in patient care.

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