Indiana hospitals participating in the Health Research & Educational Trust’s Hospital Engagement Network improved care for patients while saving an estimated $22.3 million in health care costs over three years, the Indiana Hospital Association reported Friday. Among other improvements, the 116 hospitals decreased early elective deliveries by 76% and prevented 1,254 readmissions and 110 venous thromboembolisms. The three-year project was part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients campaign. “When it comes to patient safety, Indiana hospitals don’t compete with one another – they collaborate to share best practices, address regional needs and work together on quality improvements for the sake of their patients and the communities they serve,” said IHA President Doug Leonard.