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Alle-Kiski Medical Center Receives Gold Star Quality Award

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Natrona Heights, Pa., - Alle-Kiski Medical Center’s (AKMC) low rate of hospital-acquired infections has captured the Unison Health Plan of Pennsylvania’s Gold Star II award, a pay for performance quality program that was developed to recognize and reward health care providers administering the highest level of quality care to its members. 

“Unison Health Plan takes an active role in the quality achievements of our member hospitals and physicians,” said Jennifer Kessler, president of Americhoice/Unison Health Plan of Pennsylvania. “When we identify hospitals such as Alle-Kiski Medical Center who exceed quality indicators in specific clinical areas, we think it’s very important to recognize them for their efforts in setting their facilities apart from others,” Kessler concluded.

According to Michael A. Harlovic, Senior Vice President and COO at AKMC, the award is a reflection of the medical staff and hospital employees following quality best practices. “The Unison Gold Star II Award further demonstrates AKMC’s emphasis on the quality care our patients receive. Our continuous clinical performance efforts enable patients to achieve their optimal health outcomes during their hospital stay.”

Unison recognizes effective hospital infection prevention management as measured by the percentage decrease in the number of hospital-acquired infections documented annually by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). Hospital providers reporting rates lower than the state average have improved the quality of patient care by continuing to reduce the health system’s overall hospital-acquired infection rate. Specific areas of improvement noted by Unison are the prevention of bloodstream, urinary tract, surgical site, pneumonia, and multiple infections.

Unison Health Plan operates public-sector health care plans in Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. As of September 2008, Unison serves more than 440,000 members and about 32,000 providers, such as practitioners and pharmacies.

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