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Premier Healthcare Alliance Names Three Hospitals in University Hospitals System among 2011 Top Performing Hospitals

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center, and University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center recognized for delivery of care

CLEVELAND – Three hospitals in the University Hospitals (UH) system, Cleveland, OH, are among the 2011 Top Performing Hospitals in the Premier healthcare alliance’s national QUEST® collaborative. They are UH Geauga Medical Center, UH Geneva Medical Center, and UH Richmond Medical Center.

Based on year three of the QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative, these hospitals have:

  • Increased delivery of recommended evidence-based care to every patient, every time. For example, providing flu vaccinations to all pneumonia patients, or prescribing a high blood pressure or chest pain medication to all heart attack patients prior to discharge.
  • Saved lives by reducing avoidable hospital mortalities.
  • Safely reduced the cost of care for each patient's hospitalization.

“Being a QUEST member means redesigning the way we operate so that patients receive reliable, safe and efficient healthcare every time they come in,” said Eric Bieber, MD, UH Chief Medical Officer. “By collaborating to share our patient outcomes data and provider best practices with other members, we are leading the industry in driving the best results, which creates a competitive advantage.”

Dr. Bieber added that the recognition as a Top Performer comes on the heels of UH Case Medical Center’s acknowledgment as a national leader in patient care quality and safety by a coalition of health coverage purchasers known as The Leapfrog Group. “UH Case Medical Center is the only hospital in Northeast Ohio and is one of only 65 in the United States named to this year’s Leapfrog Group class of top hospitals, which is based on a voluntary survey completed by 1,200 hospitals,” he said.

QUEST hospitals are increasing adherence to evidence-based care delivery in six critical areas to improve the patient experience and avoid harm while reducing mortality, cost of care and readmissions.

Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO said, “These hospitals challenge themselves to overcome process failures and excessive costs by measuring themselves against each other to drive success. The achievements made by QUEST members are remarkable as they continue to reveal what is possible in healthcare. University Hospitals is a true standard setter for top quality care in America, as they support the health of people in their community.”

QUEST supports hospitals in delivering the best care possible, as well as sharing collaborative solutions to improve healthcare nationwide and influence public policies. Together, the current 278 QUEST members share ideas, strategies and proven practices to reduce variation, an approach that has shown to improve care quality, safety and cost. /p>

In just 30 months, QUEST members saved 25,235 lives and reduced healthcare spending by $2.85 billion through the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based care to 63,094 patients. In addition:

  • Members’ observed mortality is 5 percent lower than non-participants when compared to what is expected.
  • Costs for inpatient care have increased only 4 percent among QUEST hospitals, compared to a national cost increase of 21 percent.
  • Premier will announce complete year three collaborative results in January.

An advisory panel of experts from the country’s top health organizations, such as the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission and Institute for Healthcare Improvement, guide collaborative members to achieve success.

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