Celebrating the Ultimate Gift of Life -- Through Organ Donation
In celebration of national Donate Life Month, Allegheny General Hospital's Transplant Program brought families of organ donors, living donors and transplant recipients together for a beautiful ceremony recognizing all of those who have bestowed the gift of life to another human being through organ donation. KDKA's David Crawley was there and put together a wonderful tribute these heroic individuals. Watch it here! Learn more about our services at: http://www.wpahs.org/specialties/tran...
Allegheny General Hospital Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters
Thursday, April 19th, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) has been named for the second time by Thomson Reuters as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals®. AGH is the only major teaching hospital in the Pittsburgh area named to this select list.
Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare, uses objective research and independent public data to recognize the best U.S. hospitals. Hospitals do not apply and winners do not pay to market this honor.
The Thompson Reuters study is unique in that it evaluates hospitals on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability. It compares hospitals only against similar facilities in terms of size and teaching status.
The 100 Top Hospitals honor is the latest recognition from Thomson Reuters for AGH and the entire West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS.) In 2011, AGH was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, a distinction AGH has earned three times. Also in 2011, for the third year in a row, WPAHS was named to Thomson Reuters’ exclusive list of the country’s top-performing health systems based on patient care quality and efficiency.
The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.
“We are very gratified to be recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the nation’s top hospitals, particularly in light of the fact that Thomson Reuters uses real data on patient outcomes as the basis of its ratings,” said Tony Farah, Chief Medical Officer and President of the West Penn Allegheny Health System Physician Organization as well as a practicing cardiologist at AGH. “This recognition reflects on the dedication and professionalism of all AGH physicians, nurses, caregivers and employees, and I commend them on their hard work and compassionate care for patients.”
Allegheny General Hospital is a 661-bed academic medical center serving Pittsburgh and the surrounding five-state area.
Founded in 1885 on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the hospital has earned an international reputation for excellence and innovation in the care of patients, medical education and research. AGH annually admits more than 29,000 patients and logs over 68,000 emergency visits and more than 21,000 surgical procedures. Nearly 800 physicians and approximately 5,000 employees share the hospital’s commitment to excellence in patient care, medical education and research.
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.
The winning hospitals were announced in the April 16 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.