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Format: 04/18/2014
Format: 04/18/2014


Yahoo! News: Premier Healthcare Alliance Recognizes Nation's Top Hospitals for Commitment to High-Quality Patient Care

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Premier Healthcare Alliance has recognized the nations top hospitals for their commitment to outstanding patient care and operational efficiency with the 2009 Premier Award for Quality (AFQ). Premier announced the 23 winners of the award, out of more than 3,796 eligible hospitals nationwide, at Premiers annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim, Calif.

The AFQ recognizes leading healthcare organizations that efficiently provide outstanding patient care and consistently set the standard in clinical excellence nationwide. Distinguished by its consideration of performance-based criteria, including clinical quality outcomes, resource utilization, and clinical process indicators, the AFQ measures top performers at the overall hospital level.

The Award for Quality honors the efforts of our nations leading hospitals to provide superior quality and operational efficiency, said Susan DeVore, Premier incoming president and CEO. Were thrilled to celebrate the efforts of these facilities as they improve the health of the communities they serve.

All acute care inpatient facilities in the United States that submitted data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CMS Hospital Compare project were considered for the AFQ. Using MedPar 2007 data, Quality and Efficiency Indexes were calculated for 62 disease groups and at the overall hospital level. Quality was measured by the incidence of three adverse outcomes mortality, morbidity and complications, which are combined into a single Quality Index using the preference weightings from the Corporate Hospital Rating Project. The efficiency index was generated using length of stay to proxy for resource utilization.

Acute care facilities attaining the top 1 percent designation are identified as having scores in the top two quintiles for process of care and in 10 out of 62 disease groups and at the overall hospital level for quality and efficiency. Additionally, hospitals had measures for quality and efficiency that were equal to or exceeded expected outcomes. 2009 Award for Quality winners are

SSM DePaul Health Center Bridgeton, Mo. St. Elizabeth Health Center Youngstown, Ohio Hoag Memorial Hospital Newport Beach, Calif. Memorial Regional Hospital Hollywood, Fla. Winchester Hospital Winchester, Mass. Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack, N.J. Good Samaritan Hospital Cincinnati Saint Vincent Health Center Erie, Pa. Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia Allegiance Health Jackson, Mich. Mercy General Hospital Sacramento, Calif. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester New Rochelle, N.Y. Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Saint Marys, Ohio St. Vincent Charity Hospital Cleveland Lakewood Hospital Lakewood, Ohio The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Pittsburgh Memorial Hospital Colorado Springs, Colo. Penrose/St. Francis Healthcare Colorado Springs, Colo. Rush University Medical Center Chicago Paoli Memorial Hospital Paoli, Pa. Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, S.C. Maury Regional Hospital Columbia, Tenn. Additional information about the AFQ and related methodology can be found at http //www.premierinc.com/about/news/awards/index.jsp

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient The is more than 2,100 U.S. hospitals and 58,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Premier has offices in San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington.


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