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The Fight MRSA Alliance was a first-of-its-kind collaborative of Southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals, city and county public health departments, nursing homes, and schools. It was created in 2007 to reduce the incidence of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylcoccus aureus) bacteria in both health care and community settings.

 
The leadership group for this alliance, the Fight MRSA Coordinating Committee, was comprised of key stakeholders (acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, and government organizations) who set the planning and direction for the collaborative. They also oversaw the activities of four workgroups:
  
The Acute Care MRSA Workgroup developed plans for regional interventions and created the following tools for use by health care facilities: 
 
 
The Community-Acquired MRSA Workgroup promoted the reduction of community-acquired MRSA:

 

 
The Long-Term Care MRSA Workgroup created a forum for collaboration between acute care and long-term care facilities on infection control and developed the following tools:
 
 
The Measurement and Outcomes Workgroup was created to identify measurement tools to monitor progress in eliminating MRSA. The workgroup designed and conducted a survey that compared MRSA practices among the region's hospitals. The survey was completed by 46 area hospitals, a 97% response rate. Click here to review the survey results.