HICKORY, NC – June 14, 2013 –
Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) has been nationally recognized for reducing harm, mortality, readmissions
and costs, while improving the patient experience and delivering evidence-based care.
CVMC is one of five hospitals to receive the
QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare from Premier, a hospital-owned performance improvement alliance of 2,800
hospitals and nearly 100,000 other care sites.
CVMC was honored during Premier’s annual
Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio for achieving top performance in all six of the areas measured
in Premier’s national QUEST collaborative.
Specifically, CVMC is being recognized 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;
- Improving the hospital experience so that patients favorably rate their
stay and would recommend the facility to others at least 73 percent of the time;
- Reducing preventable harm events; and
- Reducing readmissions by at least 12 percent.
“CVMC strives to improve patient care and outcomes every single day,”
said Tony Rose, CVMC President and CEO. “This recognition, and the
continued participation in this collaborative, reinforces our commitment
to bettering the health status of the Catawba Valley. We’re honored
to receive the QUEST Award.”
“Meeting the imperatives of better care at a lower cost isn’t
easy for health systems to achieve on their own,” said Susan DeVore,
Premier president and CEO. “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 Catawba Valley Medical Center for their outstanding performance.”
333 QUEST members participating from Oct. 1, 2011 through September 2012
were eligible for the award. QUEST hospitals agree to:
- Transparently share progress on a set of uniform measures on a regular basis;
- Share best practices and successful innovations with all members of the
- Take part in structured collaborative execution activities (such as 90-day
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 the median of the total inpatient cost per case mix adjusted
discharge. Top performance methodology for each dimension varied depending
on the unique measure calculation and methodology.
The Premier healthcare alliance and our nation’s leading hospitals
created the QUEST collaborative. QUEST hospitals monitor and measure performance
to ensure delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care. In their first
four years, they’ve saved nearly 92,000 lives and $9 billion.
QUEST hospitals across 40 states continue to increase adherence to evidence-based
care delivery, improve the patient experience and avoid harm while reducing
mortality, cost of care and readmissions.
About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality
Premier is the nation’s largest performance improvement alliance
of more than 2,800 U.S. hospitals and nearly 100,000 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 more than $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.
https://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
About Catawba Valley Medical Center
Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., is the region’s
largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system and serves the community
without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical,
mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the public in addition to
serving as a center for health education, wellness services, preventive
medicine and acute care. CVMC has received three Magnet designations from
the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has been recognized with
three Women’s Choice Awards, being named one of America’s
Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience in 2012, a 2013 Best Hospital
for Patient Experience in Obstetrics and one of America’s Best Hospitals
in Orthopedics in 2013 by WomenCertified®.