For immediate release: March 22, 2013
NORTHAMPTON – Last year, Javier Aponte walked out of Cooley Dickinson Hospital cured of a serious bloodstream infection. Aponte and others like him have come to expect safe care thanks to the Cooley Dickinson doctors and nurses who collaborate to improve patients' outcomes.
These collaborative efforts have -- for the second time -- earned Cooley Dickinson a spot on the list of QUEST High Performing Hospitals that are recognized for excellence in providing safe, reliable, and efficient care. Tuesday, March 19, Cooley Dickinson Hospital was named a top performer in the Premier healthcare alliance's QUEST: High Performing Hospitals® collaborative for:
- Reducing mortality by at least 31 percent;
- Reducing the average cost of care to less than $5,690 per discharge;
- Reliably delivering all evidence-based care measures to patients in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care at least 95 percent of the time; and
- Reducing preventable harm events.
Cooley Dickinson is the only hospital of eight QUEST participants in Massachusetts to be named a top performer. In 2011, CDH was one of two Massachusetts hospitals to earn this designation.
“Being a QUEST member means redesigning the way we provide care so that patients receive reliable, safe and efficient health care every time they visit Cooley Dickinson,” said Mark Novotny, MD, CDH’s chief medical officer.
Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO said, “Meeting the imperatives of better care at a lower cost isn’t easy for health systems to achieve on their own. It’s this type of collaboration and innovation that’s needed system-wide to build a sustainable future for healthcare and most importantly communities nationwide. Premier congratulates Cooley Dickinson Hospital for its outstanding performance.”
QUEST supports hospitals in delivering the best care possible, as well as sharing collaborative solutions to improve healthcare nationwide and influence public policies. Together, the nearly 350 QUEST hospital members, which span more than 40 states, share ideas, strategies and proven practices to reduce variation, an approach that has been shown to improve care quality, safety and cost. The collaborative includes a broad range of hospitals of various sizes, geographies and teaching status, including a large number of disproportionate share and safety net facilities.
In four and a half years, these hospitals have collaborated to deliver every recommended patient care measure to more than 80,000 additional patients. This helped save nearly 92,000 lives and $9.1 billion in unnecessary costs. In addition:
- Members’ observed mortality is 10 percent lower than national averages, when compared to what is expected.
- Nationally, costs of inpatient care have increased by about 28 percent, versus 11 percent for QUEST hospitals.
QUEST aligns closely with federal policies such as value-based purchasing and the Partnership for Patients effort, but was started well before these policies became reality. It’s a test bed for many pending reform efforts, showing what potentially could be achieved in these policy areas over time.
An advisory panel of experts from the country’s top health organizations, such as the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, guide QUEST members to achieve success.
About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipientPremier is the nation’s largest performance improvement alliance of more than 2,800 U.S. hospitals and 90,000 other sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by healthcare providers, Premier operates a leading purchasing network with nearly $5 billion in annual savings. Premier also maintains clinical, financial and outcomes databases based on 1 in every 4 patient discharges. A world leader in measurably improving patient care, Premier has the largest performance improvement collaboratives in America, including one in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Cooley Dickinson, a full-service community hospital, is ranked in the top 5 percent of all U.S. hospitals in patient safety by Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. It is the only hospital in the Springfield area to achieve the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for four consecutive years (2009–2012).Cooley Dickinson's staff of 1,650 professionals and 300 affiliated physicians comprise a network of emergency, surgical, clinical, rehabilitative, and hospice and home care expertise that admits 6,000 patients, treats 40,000 emergency patients per year, delivers 800 babies, and collaborates with Massachusetts General Hospital to deliver comprehensive cancer care. Cooley Dickinson's vision is to make the mid-Pioneer Valley the nation's model healthy community. Learn more at www.cooley-dickinson.org.