Mercy Health System Receives Five Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Innovations Awards
Nazareth Hospital, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, Mercy Health System, Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE Win Five of 10 Categories
From left: Dr. Donna Raziano, Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE, with the silver in the Physician MBA category; Carol Quinn, Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE, received top honors for the Patient Safety Award; Kathryn Connelly-Conallen, Chief Executive Officer, Acute Care Operations, Mercy Health System; Nancy Cherone, Executive Director/Administrator and Dan Bair, Cardiovascular Service Line Consultant receive the bronze for the Health Improvement Award; Eric Green, M.D., Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center, was awarded silver honors for Medical Education Innovator of the Year and Gerald Moyer, Facilities Director at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital accepted top honors for the Sustainability Award.
Conshohocken, PA (November 9, 2012) – Mercy Health System swept yesterday’s 2012 Healthcare Innovation Awards. Nazareth Hospital, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, Mercy Health System, Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE were recognized in five of the 10 award categories: sustainability, medical education, patient safety, health improvement, and physician MBA. The awards program, sponsored by the Philadelphia Business Journal, recognizes outstanding achievements by individuals and institutions in the Delaware Valley contributing to a strong health-care sector.
“We are very pleased and honored to receive these awards for our efforts to provide exceptional health care to people of the Philadelphia community, including the poor and disadvantaged. These impressive results show that our organizational commitment to performance excellence is paying off,” says David Clark, President and CEO of Mercy Health System. “Mercy Health System is committed to quality and compassionate care for every patient and it is rewarding for our efforts to be recognized.”
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital was awarded the top prize for Sustainability for its steps to minimize its carbon footprint on the environment and improve energy efficiency in its 613,550-square-foot building, especially as energy costs rise and fossil fuel reserves dwindle. The hospital’s efforts to maintain best “green” practices have resulted in two consecutive Energy Star® designations from the Environmental Protection Agency and a reduction in its energy use by 35 percent and more than 700 kilowatts in addition to generating 35 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions. Mercy Philadelphia Hospital has also experienced success in participating in a demand response program that enables it to curtail its energy use during times of peak demand, such as on hot summer days, during storms or during power plant repairs and maintenance.
Eric Green, M.D., Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center, was awarded silver honors for Medical Education Innovator of the Year for the study he conducted on improving the communication skills and cultural awareness of international medical graduates. Funded by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care, the study utilized patient actors, feedback by a psychologist, and multimedia education.
Dr. Green presented the results at the national meeting of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Mercy Home Health was the top winner in the Patient Safety category for its Telehealth program, an electronic monitoring service that helps chronically ill patients manage such conditions as congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As part of Mercy’s Telehealth program, patients are kept safe by having clinical experts digitally monitor their health status daily and quickly address any change in the patient’s vitals. Substituting reactive care with preventive care is how Mercy Home Health decreases hospital readmissions while keeping patients safe and in the comfort of home. Telehealth patients also receive regular home safety assessments, including fall risk, environmental safety (i.e. fire hazards) and oxygen safety (if the patient is using an oxygen tank).
Nazareth Hospital tied for the bronze in the Health Improvement category for bringing emergency angioplasty for heart attack patients to the people of Northeast Philadelphia. Nazareth is able to offer this life-saving service through its participation in the Atlantic C-PORT Study and Registry. Participation in C-PORT allows community hospitals following specific evidence-based protocols to provide emergency and elective angioplasty and stenting without having cardiac surgery onsite.
Donna Raziano, M.D., MBA, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE, was honored with the silver in the Physician MBA category, which recognizes a medical doctor with a business degree who has a clear record of success in managing a practice or another health care entity. Dr. Raziano has dedicated her medical and financial skills to provide quality healthcare to Philadelphia-area seniors as chief medical officer at Mercy Living Independently For Elders (LIFE). Mercy LIFE and other PACE programs across the country provide medical care and social services allowing frail seniors to remain independent at home and in the community rather than traditional nursing home placement.