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CGH Receives Amerinet Achievement Award

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Amerinet, a leading healthcare group purchasing organization, today announced Canonsburg Hospital as a recipient of the Amerinet Healthcare Achievement Award in the category, Financial and Operational Improvement. Amerinet grants these honors yearly in recognition of member excellence for commitment to the reduction of healthcare costs and improvements in the quality of patient care delivery. Sixteen outstanding members were selected for creating and implementing cutting-edge advances in operational efficiencies during 2010.

Canonsburg Hospital focused on reducing the average length of stay (ALOS) for a patient in the hospital to improve financial responsibility. A clinical resource management team (CRM) was created to take an assertive approach to reduce the length of stay, and achieved this by placing emphasis on actual anecdotal patient/physician experiences from the case managers. “Our chief medical officer, Thomas Corkery, DO became directly involved by speaking to physicians and posting the average length of stay reports by physician name,” Kim Malinky, President and CEO of Canonsburg Hospital said. “Having everyone work collaboratively, doctors, nurses, and case managers, helped us achieve operational and financial improvement.” 

Procedures for tests and consults were also changed to expedite processes and after three months with the new focus and objectives the hospital ALOS began to decline, dropping to 4.35 days for an eight month period (April 2010 – November 2010). This was a decrease of 0.45 days or 9.4 percent, putting the hospital below the geometric mean length of stay for five continuous months. The decrease is estimated to show an annual expense reduction of approximately $400,000.

The Healthcare Achievement Awards offer an opportunity for Amerinet to underscore acute and non-acute care member facilities that met the highest standard of excellence addressing a value-of-care mission. “These awards recognize and celebrate members who are innovators, collaborators and leaders,” said Todd Ebert, Amerinet president and CEO. “These nominees truly excelled at meeting the challenges of the healthcare industry delivering high-quality, cost-effective patient care.”

Amerinet recognized superior member performance in four categories: community impact and innovation, financial and operational improvement, quality/patient care and patient satisfaction, and supply chain/data management/supply cost efficiencies. Facility categories included acute care facilities offering either greater or less than 300 beds, integrated delivery networks and critical access hospitals. In the non-acute care sector, surgery centers, long-term care facilities, physician offices and clinics were reviewed.

All entries received were carefully evaluated by a panel of expert judges and Amerinet was extremely impressed with the quality of all the projects our members thoughtfully shared. Two representatives from each of the chosen member facilities will receive a complimentary trip to the Amerinet Member Conference – the premier national alliance event in the healthcare group purchasing organization industry – occurring May 9 – 12 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla. The conference will also feature a professional poster session highlighting all award-winning projects, as well as the many other success stories submitted by participating Amerinet members.

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