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Aurora Health Care Top Performing Health System in National Quality Initiative
Date:8/17/2009

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Aurora Health Care is again the top performing health system in the country in a national Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Premier healthcare alliance quality initiative. This is the second consecutive year that Aurora has been the top performing health system in the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project that involves 250 hospitals from across the country.

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Two Aurora hospitals stand out as national leaders for individual performance in the initiative. Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay was the top performing hospital in the country. Aurora BayCare is the only hospital to receive five Top Performer awards and one of four hospitals to receive the maximum 10 awards. Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center is one of nine hospitals to receive four Top Performer awards. The Sheboygan hospital also is one of eight hospitals nationally to receive eight of a possible eight awards.

The quality initiative rewards hospitals for delivering higher quality care in five major clinical areas by providing incentive payments for top performance. The Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration focuses on improving the quality of patient care in congestive heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, heart bypass surgery, and hip and knee replacement.

In the Year 4 results that were just released, Aurora hospitals have excelled in several of the quality areas.

  • Aurora's hospitals are top performers in 23 of the 47 quality areas that are measured. This is the most of any system.
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