Monday, June 6, 2011

Parkview Health named a best-performing health system

   Parkview Health has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as being one of the 57 best-performing health systems in the country.

   Thomson Reuters analyzed the performance of 285 health systems comprising 1,944 hospitals and identified the top health systems based on quality of care, efficiency and patient satisfaction. The annual study is featured in this week’s Modern Healthcare magazine.

Performance measures in the study include:

Mortality index
Complications index
Patient safety index
Core measures
30-day mortality rate
30-day readmission rate
Average length of stay

With an emphasis on innovation, Parkview has developed multiple programs aimed at enhancing quality of care, efficiency and patient satisfaction. Below are two examples of Parkview clinical programs that are improving patient care and outcomes:

Sepsis protocol
Sepsis is caused by a bacterial infection that can begin anywhere in the body and lead to serious health complications. Working together with physicians and nurses, Parkview has implemented a sepsis protocol that provides for early detection of sepsis and therapies through a standardized approach to reduce mortality and reduce the number of patients who develop a severe sepsis condition.

Congestive Heart Treatment Center collaborative care model
Parkview Heart Institute patients with congestive heart failure are experiencing a better overall quality of life, which is the result of a collaborative care model that was put into action nearly a year ago when the Congestive Heart Treatment Center was established. The collaborative care model is unique in that it takes a patient’s health and home environment into consideration. Education about congestive heart failure and accompanying diseases is provided to the patient and their family. Collaboration is the key between clinicians and between clinicians and patients and their family, and several departments are involved in the collaborative care model.

“We are pleased to be recognized as one of the top health systems in the country,” said Mike Packnett, president and CEO, Parkview Health. “Patients and families are receiving the best possible patient-centered care from our physicians, nurses and staff. This is a great achievement for Parkview and it sends a positive message to the communities we serve.”

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