Promise Healthcare Joins STRIVE Initiative As Long-Term Acute Care Lead to Help Hospitals Improve Infection Prevention and Control

BOCA RATON, Fla. (July 13, 2017) – Promise Healthcare, Boca Raton-headquartered post-acute care hospital system, announced today it will partner with the States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement (STRIVE) initiative led by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of this work is to reduce healthcare-associated infections across multiple health care facilities.

The STRIVE initiative brings together state-level organizations, acute care and long-term acute care hospitals across the country to improve infection prevention and control. Partners will focus on implementing evidence-based prevention protocols for healthcare-associated infections such as Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremias.

With 17 long-term acute care hospitals, Promise Healthcare is the only long-term acute care provider participating in STRIVE as an organizational lead. In this role, Promise Healthcare will be responsible for monitoring hospital engagement, progress, and coordinating the program at the corporate level, bringing a unique perspective to the initiative.

“Promise Healthcare is proud to share our best practices and collaborate with other organizations to improve general infection prevention and control methods,” said Charles Posternack, Corporate Chief Medical Officer for Promise Healthcare. “Our facilities are known for exceptional clinical quality scores that consistently outperform national benchmarks and we are always seeking ways to reinforce our commitment to quality for the health and safety of our patients.”

Hospitals that register for the initiative participate in a 12-month cycle in which they receive education, technical assistance and support in tracking improvement using data submitted to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

“There are many benefits to participating hospitals including free, on-demand education on infection prevention, networking and learning with peer hospitals, support in using CDC’s Infection Control Assessment Tools and more,” said Shelby Lassiter BSN, RN, CPHQ, Clinical Content Development Lead at HRET.

The program, which began in June, will monitor overall improvements in infection prevention and control practices, CDI, MRSA bacteremia, CLABSI and CAUTI rates and indwelling urinary catheter and central venous catheter utilization.

Hospitals will also complete an assessment of current infection prevention and control practices at the start and end of their participation in this program.

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About Promise Healthcare

Promise Healthcare is a specialty hospital post-acute care health system. With 17 hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities and approximately 5,000 staff members, Promise Healthcare facilities utilize an interdisciplinary approach in providing treatment for critically ill and medically complex patients. Promise’s specialized areas of focus include: long-term acute care, pulmonary critical care, advanced wound care, skilled nursing care, surgical procedures, behavioral health, rehabilitation therapy, geriatric care and outpatient services, including wound care clinics. For more information on Promise Healthcare, visit