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Expansion of I-PASS KHATCH Program Continues with New Addition of Harrison Memorial Hospital

Expansion of I-PASS KHATCH Program Continues with New Addition of Harrison Memorial Hospital

Kentucky-based hospital becomes the latest in a wave of participants joining the movement to standardize patient handoffs across the state

BOSTON, Mass. –June 4, 2024 – I-PASS, the gold standard for reducing preventable medical errors through improved clinical communications during care transitions, today announced Harrison Memorial Hospital has joined the I-PASS Kentucky Hospital Association Transitions and Communication in Hospitals (KHATCH) Program.

Launched in November of 2023, the I-PASS KHATCH Program is an eight-year initiative enabling the Kentucky Hospital Association’s (KHA) member network to adopt the I-PASS bundle, which includes coaching, consultation, and a collection of digital solutions to increase the quality and reliability of verbal and written patient handoffs. Joining leading Kentucky healthcare institutions such as Baptist Health and Appalachian Regional Healthcare in this initiative, Harrison Memorial will implement I-PASS across its 61-bed hospital to advance the safety and quality of care for their patients.

“Whether you’re a large multi-center health system or a small freestanding hospital, the I-PASS KHATCH program is a highly effective solution designed to help institutions adopt standardized, reliable handoffs that are proven to reduce patient harm,” said Deborah Campbell, Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Transformation at Kentucky Hospital Association. “With a shared commitment to advancing patient safety and experiences, this partnership with Harrison Memorial Hospital is another major step forward on our path to adopt a universal language for care transitions across the commonwealth of Kentucky." 

Since 1906, Harrison Memorial has been providing high-quality care to patients in Cynthiana, Kentucky and surrounding counties. With more than 600 employees, a 14-member active physician staff, and upwards of 175 consulting staff, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, Harrison Memorial delivers cutting-edge care provided by an industry-leading clinical team.

“We are proud to be joining the statewide effort to reduce preventable medical errors and improve caregiver communication and teamwork,” said Kathy Tussey, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Executive Officer at Harrison Memorial. “As we advance our organization-wide Just Culture initiative, we’re excited to be partnering with I-PASS and the Kentucky Hospital Association to transform the safety culture at Harrison Memorial and deliver high-quality health care services to our community.”

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About Harrison Memorial Hospital

Harrison Memorial Hospital, located in Cynthiana, Kentucky, is a community-owned, not-for-profit, independent, 61-bed hospital that was established in 1906. It offers a full range of services and an exceptional staff. HMH has more than 400 outstanding employees, in addition to an 18-member active physician staff and more than 100 physicians on consulting staff. Harrison Memorial is considered by its peers a progressive entity in its regional area.

About I-PASS

The I-PASS Patient Safety Institute enables structured communications during clinical care transitions, and as a result, improves both patient safety and clinical outcomes. Founded by clinicians in 2016, the I-PASS Institute leverages expert mentorship paired with technology and digital tools to scale the I-PASS methodology. I-PASS is currently implemented in more than 100 healthcare institutions across the continuum of care. Learn more at

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