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Thomson Reuters Study Touts West Penn Allegheny Health System As One of Nation’s Leaders in Patient Care Quality for Third Consecutive Year

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

For the third straight year, West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) has been named to an exclusive list of the country’s top performing health care providers based on patient care quality and efficiency. The analysis, conducted by Thomson Reuters and published in the latest issue of Modern Healthcare Magazine, places WPAHS among the 63 best performing U.S. health care systems.

West Penn Allegheny also is once again the only healthcare provider in western Pennsylvania and one of just five in the state to earn the Thomson Reuters distinction.

Thomson Reuter’s 2012 100 Top Hospitals: 15 Top Health Systems study evaluated 321 US healthcare systems, representing 2,194 member hospitals with approximately eight million annual patient discharges. Healthcare systems with at least two general, acute care hospitals were included in the analysis.

West Penn Allegheny is comprised of five acute care hospitals in the greater Pittsburgh region, including Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, PA, Canonsburg Hospital in Canonsburg, PA and Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, PA.

To conduct its analysis of health system quality, Thomson Reuters reviewed clinical outcomes information gleaned from the 2009 and 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) report and the 2011 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare report.

Health systems were appraised by Thomson Reuters on eight key measures of clinical quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. In addition to naming the 15 top health systems in the country, the study also identifies a larger group of high performing health systems.

Those earning a position in the top quintile of the Thomson Reuters study, like West Penn Allegheny, demonstrated superior outcomes in all measures with scores reflecting aggregated data across an entire healthcare system.

Among the study’s conclusions, top performing healthcare systems had a 15% lower patient mortality, 16% fewer complications and 22% fewer patient safety incidents than systems in the bottom quintile of the study.

Additionally, top performing systems demonstrated better core measure patient compliance, had fewer complications and readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharge, posted shorter patient length of stays and a higher overall patient satisfaction rating.

“We extremely proud to again be recognized by one of the country’s most respected healthcare industry analysts, Thomson Reuters, as western Pennsylvania’s leader in patient care quality and patient satisfaction. This award reflects a consistency of patient care excellence that defines our organization and the outstanding people who work here,” said Keith T. Ghezzi, MD, WPAHS Interim President and CEO.

Thomson Reuters complete analysis can be found online at http://100tophospitals.com/top-health-systems/ .

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