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Fresh Take on Hospital Discharges Cuts Readmissions
Health Leaders Media

The caregivers at Detroit Medical Center’s hospitals no longer use the word discharge to describe the process of getting their patients out safely.

“Now the word we use is transition, a much more refined process, to get our patients back into their community,” says Suzanne White, MD, the eight-hospital system’s executive vice president and chief medical officer.

In fact, White and her colleagues have detailed descriptions of more than 30 steps or checks, with potential interventions, that now take place at specified points within the acute care stay.