SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital receives 2016 QUEST® Award for
Centralia, IL (June 29, 2016) — SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia has been recognized with the 2016 QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare from Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, for providing outstanding patient care.
Only 38 hospitals received a Citation of Merit for achieving top performance in any four of the six areas measured in Premier's QUEST collaborative, including cost and efficiency, inpatient and outpatient evidence-based care, mortality, safety, patient experience and appropriate hospital use.
Honored during Premier's annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition June 21, 2016, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia was one of the two hospitals in Illinois to receive the award and the only hospital in southern Illinois.
"St. Mary's Hospital's achievements in QUEST reinforces our commitment to reliably deliver the best care experience to the communities we serve," said John Sigsbury, President of SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital. "We're proud to be the only hospital in southern Illinois to receive the QUEST Award as we continue our commitment to improve patient outcomes and community health."
Specifically, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia is being recognized for:
- Reducing the average cost of care to at least less than $6,870 per discharge (depending on size of the facility);
- Reliably delivering inpatient and outpatient evidence-based care measures in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care at least 96 percent of the time;
- Improving the hospital experience so that patients and families favorably rate their stay and would recommend the facility to others at least 76 percent of the time; and
- Reducing preventable harm events
All QUEST hospitals participating in QUEST from October 2014-Septemeber 2015 were eligible for the QUEST Award. Data from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 was used to calculate this performance.
"QUEST hospitals have set high standards in clinical excellence nationwide," said Susan DeVore, president and CEO, Premier. "Together, they have worked to outperform in healthcare. Premier congratulates SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital for their fantastic achievements."
A recipient of The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum's 2015 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, QUEST was launched in 2008 to help health systems reliably deliver the most efficient, effective and caring experience for every patient, every single time. Approximately 350 health systems volunteered to transparently share data and define a common framework with consistent measures that would continually set a top performance goal for both participants and the nation. QUEST participants have prevented more than 176,000 deaths, reduced healthcare spending by more than $15 billion and improved readmission rates by 32 percent.
Top performance thresholds were established at the top quartile of performance from a baseline period in all measures except cost of care, which was based top tercile of performance. Top performance methodology for each dimension varied depending on the unique measure calculation and methodology.
About SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia, operating in partnership with the Felician Sisters, is a 113-bed hospital acute care hospital. For six consecutive years, Healthgrades has presented SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia with the Outstanding Patient Experience Award and with the Critical Care Excellence Award. In 2014, Quest by Premier Inc. recognized SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia with the Citation of Merit Award for High-Value Healthcare.
About SSM Health
SSM Health (www.ssmhc.com) is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation.
With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, SSM includes 19 hospitals, more than 60 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company, and two Accountable Care Organizations. With more than 1,300 employed physicians and nearly 30,000 employees in four states, SSM is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the electronic health record (EHR), SSM is a national leader for the depth of its EHR integration. For more information, find us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Premier Inc.
Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,600 U.S. hospitals and 120,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier's news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Foursquare and Premier's blog for more information about the company.
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