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Published on June 17, 2010

Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals Recognized by the Premier Healthcare Alliance

Winner of Premier Quality Award for quality patient care, operational efficiency

Darby, PA - Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals, together as Mercy Catholic Medical Center, today announced they have been recognized by the Premier healthcare alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality (AFQ). Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals are jointly one of 21 hospital winners and three healthcare systems nationwide.

There were 3,788 hospitals and 346 healthcare systems that were eligible to receive the AFQ. The award recognizes leading healthcare organizations that efficiently provide outstanding patient care and consistently set the standard in clinical excellence.

The AFQ’s performance-based criteria including clinical quality outcomes, resource utilization, and clinical process indicators measures top performers at the overall hospital level.

“Our commitment at Mercy is to deliver high-quality and evidenced-based care across the continuum of care,” said Sharon Carney, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. “This award recognizes our efforts to improve the health and wellness of the people in our communities.”

“It is an honor to be recognized for our dedication to providing quality patient care that consistently meets and exceeds the standard in clinical excellence,” stated Mathew Mathew, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. “At Mercy we pride ourselves on the quality of care we deliver to our patients every day.”

Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals accepted the award at the 2010 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference & Exhibition, which was held June 8-11 in Washington.

“The AFQ honors the efforts of industry leaders to provide high-quality care,” said Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO. “As we celebrate the achievements of these facilities, the alliance is helping to further improve the health of communities across the nation.”

All acute care inpatient facilities in the United States that submitted data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CMS Hospital Compare project were considered for the AFQ. Using MedPar 2008 data, Quality and Efficiency Indexes were calculated for 60 disease groups and at the overall hospital level. Quality was measured by the incidence of three adverse outcomes: mortality, morbidity and complications, which are combined into a single Quality Index using the preference weightings from the Corporate Hospital Rating Project (CHRP). The efficiency index was generated using length of stay to proxy for resource utilization.

Acute care facilities attaining the top 1 percent designation are identified as having scores in the top two quintiles for process of care, and in 10 out of 60 disease groups and at the overall hospital level for quality and efficiency. Hospitals had measures for quality and efficiency that were equal to or exceeded expected outcomes. In addition, new for 2010, Premier measured aggregation to the system level, with the same methodology, for healthcare system awards.

Additional information about the AFQ and related methodology.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient:

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,300 U.S. hospitals and 67,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to achieve high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier maintains the nations most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdoms National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has offices in San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington.

Mercy Catholic Medical Center comprises the two-campus community teaching hospitals of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, located in the Philadelphia suburb of Darby, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, serving West and Southwest Philadelphia. The hospitals offer a full array of acute care services and health programs to promote the physical and spiritual well being of its patients. With 218 beds and 75 years of service, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital is home to comprehensive cardiovascular services, including diagnostics, fully digital catheterization, cardiac surgery and rehabilitation. With 214 beds and 90 years of service, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is recognized by the American Stroke Association as a silver award winner and home to a state-of-the-art Vascular Center. Both hospitals offer emergency care, a Mercy Cancer Care program affiliated with the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network, orthopedics, advanced diagnostic radiology, physical rehabilitation, and fitness and wellness programs. Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital are members of Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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