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Local hospital receives patient care award

Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 10:03 am

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital–Audrain has been recognized with a Citation of Merit for the 2017 QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare from Premier Inc., as a leading healthcare improvement company, for providing outstanding patient care.
Only 63 hospitals received a Citation of Merit for achieving top performance in any four of the six areas measured in Premier’s QUEST collaborative. Those areas include cost and efficiency, evidence-based care, mortality, safety, patient and family engagement, and appropriate hospital use. SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain was honored during Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition June 27.
“We are proud of this recognition from QUEST, which reinforces our commitment to reliably deliver exceptional care to the communities we serve,” said Donna Jacobs, president of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital–Audrain.
All QUEST hospitals submitting data for October 2015–September 2016 were eligible for the QUEST Award.
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 on top tercile of performance.
Top performance methodology for each dimension varied depending on the unique measure calculation and methodology.
“QUEST hospitals have set high standards in clinical excellence nationwide,” Madeleine Biondolillo, MD, Vice President of Engagement and Delivery for Premier Inc.
“Together, they have worked to outperform in healthcare. Premier congratulates SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain 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 hospitals 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 198,000 deaths and reduced healthcare spending by more than $17 billion.
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Audrain is located in Mexico, Mo.