Improving transitions of care to reduce readmissions


Dianne Radigan

Vice President Community Relations Cardinal Health

Culpeper Regional Hospital (CRH) is a not-for-profit, general medical and surgical hospital in Culpeper, Va.

The 67-bed facility is part of the larger Culpeper Regional Health System (CRHS), which also includes a number of ambulatory care centers. Through its Bridges of Care Partnership, CRH and the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board/Area Agency on Aging (RRCSB/AAA) collaborated to provide patients with care during their transition from hospital to home.

Their overarching goal was to reduce thirty-day readmissions for Medicare patients who had been diagnosed with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure or acute myocardial infraction.  The results?  Culpeper Regional Hospital experienced a 23% decrease in readmissions for hospital-to-home patients, a 44% decrease in readmissions for nursing home patients, and more than $1 million in savings.

Check out this full case study to learn more about how Culpeper Regional Hospital leveraged an E3 Patient Safety Grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation to achieve these impressive results.