Avera Holy Family Hospital, Estherville, Iowa

December 2016
Avera Holy Family Hospital (AHFH)

In 2015, Avera Holy Family Hospital (AHFH), located in Estherville, Iowa, partnered with four Emmet County emergency medical services (EMS) programs, the Estherville Police Department and Emmet County Public Health in a three-year continuous quality improvement (CQI) project. This project engaged EMS and hospital systems of care with collaborative prevention initiatives, data collection and evaluation, ongoing protocol development and training.

Positive Outcomes:

  • Developed a partnership and identified key leaders
  • Develop a plan to implement and track improvements made in the CQI process review and share system protocols, policies and procedures related to the treatment of trauma patients and the CQI system
  • Planned several community education projects through additional efforts with community partners

Top Accomplishments:

During the first year of the program, AHFH conducted four collaborative CQI system meetings to accomplish several partnership development and strategic plan implementation goals. This project was successful in large part due to the leadership and support provided by the dedicated staff of AHFH.

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,560,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.