Affinity hospitals recognized for quality patient care
Mercy Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Hospital rank in Top 1 percent nationally
10 / 19 / 2007
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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“This honor reflects the quality care that our employees, physicians and volunteers provide daily to our patients,” said Daniel E. Neufelder, president and chief executive officer of Affinity Health System and the interim president of
The Affinity Health System hospitals are two of 49 nationally, the top 1 percent of acute inpatient facilities, to be recognized with the Select Practice Award. Among the more than 4,700 acute care inpatient facilities in the United States eligible to receive the award, Mercy and St. Elizabeth exhibited the highest level performance in both quality and efficiency of patient care.
“Our recognition as a Select Practice national quality leader is a direct reflection of the contributions of everyone who works and volunteers at Mercy Medical Center,” said William Calhoun, president of Mercy Medical Center. “This is terrific news.”
“We are pleased to recognize this elite group of hospitals from across the nation that offer the highest quality and most efficient patient care,” said Dr. Richard A. Bankowitz, FACP, vice president and medical director for Premier Healthcare Informatics. “These hospitals represent the country’s elite healthcare facilities for patient care based on performance using objective measures of clinical outcomes and efficiencies.”
As recipients of the 2007 Select Practice National Quality Award, Mercy and St. Elizabeth achieved superior performance in care of patients, as identified by the Premier | CareScience Select methodology. Select Practice data includes 16 different clinically relevant indicators of risk, more than any other national quality award or designation. The quality index is calculated by combining the outcome deviations for mortality, morbidity and complications into a single quality measure for each facility. The combined quality and efficiency ratings are used to determine award recipients.
Mercy and St. Elizabeth did not apply for this award, but instead were identified as top performers in quality and efficiency among all acute care facilities in the MEDPAR 2005 data, regardless of bed size or teaching status.
Additional information about the Premier | CareScience Practice National Quality Award and related methodology can be found at http://www.premierinc.com/about/news/awards/index.jsp.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.