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West Penn Allegheny Health System Named One of Nation's Leaders in Patient Care Quality and Efficiency
Date:6/25/2010

Thomson Reuters Analysis Places Pittsburgh Physician-Led Health System Among Country’s Top 51 Performers, Exclusive Honor in Region

Pittsburgh, PA (Vocus) June 25, 2010 -- West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) has been named to an exclusive list of the country’s top performing health care systems based on patient care quality and efficiency. The analysis, conducted by Thomson Reuters and published in this week’s Modern Healthcare Magazine, places WPAHS among the 51 best U.S. healthcare systems. West Penn Allegheny is the only healthcare provider in Western Pennsylvania and one of just three in Pennsylvania to earn the distinction.

The second annual 100 Top Hospitals: Health System Benchmarks study by Thompson Reuters evaluated all 255 healthcare systems across the country, comprising 1,903 hospitals and representing 6.7 million Medicare discharges.

To be included in the study, systems had to have at least two acute care hospitals with a minimum of 25 beds each. The study incorporated clinical outcomes information obtained from the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review 2007 and 2008 data sets as well as from the CMS Hospital Compare data set published in the third quarter of 2009.

Health systems were ranked by Thomson Reuters on eight measures of clinical quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. Those earning a position in the top quintile of the analysis demonstrated superior outcomes in all measures with scores reflecting aggregated data across the entire healthcare system.

Among the study’s conclusions, top performing health systems had 16% lower patient mortality, 18% fewer complications and 16% fewer patient safety incidents than systems in the bottom quintile of the study. Additionally, top quinti
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