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National Study Names PeaceHealth as One of America’s Top 50 Health Systems

A Thomson Reuters study named PeaceHealth among the top 50 best-performing health care systems in the U.S. – one of only two ranked systems based in the Pacific Northwest. The Thomson Reuters study, commissioned and published by Modern Health magazine, is the first of its kind to analyze the relative quality and efficiency of the inpatient care of health systems as single entities.

PeaceHealth operates seven hospitals located in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Three of PeaceHealth’s hospitals – PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, St. John Medical Center and Sacred Heart Medical Center – were included in this study. They are representative of the PeaceHealth commitment to patient quality and safety using a system approach to collaborate and standardize best practices for ongoing improvements in patient care across operations.

The study showed that PeaceHealth hospitals have 25 percent lower mortality, 20 percent fewer medical complications, and 13 percent fewer patient safety incidents than 80 percent of the hospital systems in the U.S., with specific excellence in management of heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, and surgical infection prevention.

Over the past few years, clinical collaborative initiatives across all hospitals in the PeaceHealth system, have been underway in the areas of cardiovascular, surgery, intensive care, emergency care, obstetrics and women’s care, infection prevention, and medication and patient safety. PeaceHealth consistently monitors national quality and safety efforts and tracks most effective patient care within the system to incorporate best practices system-wide.

“This work is providing value to our patients,” noted Elaine Dunda, vice president, quality and patient safety. “For example, process improvements are making a difference in the care of surgery patients with improvement to prevent infection, and heart patients through efforts to speed the process of getting patients treated, reducing heart-related complications and mortality.”

The Modern Health report, titled The 100 Top Hospitals: Health System Quality/Efficiency Benchmarks Study, assessed all U.S. health systems operating two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals. Researchers evaluated 252 systems based upon five performance measures: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay and the use of evidence-based practices. The study used 2007 data from two public databases: Medicare Provider Analysis and Review, or MedPAR, and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ Hospital Compare.

“This study is reaffirming of PeaceHealth’s Vision, which is to serve patients with safe, evidence-based, compassionate care; every time, every touch,” said Alan Yordy, the organization’s president and chief mission officer. “While we’re pleased with the progress of our safety and quality work at PeaceHealth – and for data-driven recognition from trusted researchers – we know we must always improve the care we deliver to every patient we serve. We remain fully committed to quality and safety measures to help chart a course toward further protecting our patients from unnecessary infections and ensuring the best possible outcomes for patients and their families.”

 
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