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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

le systems demonstrated better core measure patient compliance, had fewer mortalities and readmissions after 30 days, 15% shorter hospital stays and boasted a 6% higher hospital rating.

“There is no more important measure of a health system’s strength and value to the community than the quality of its programs and the healthcare professionals who direct them. We are extremely gratified to be recognized by Thomson Reuters as the patient care quality leader among Western Pennsylvania healthcare systems. It is a benchmark that is consistent with West Penn Allegheny’s history and central to its future as we continue our progress in realigning the System to better fulfill its mission and ensure its long-term viability,” said Christopher T. Olivia, MD, WPAHS President and Chief Executive Officer.

According to Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President for Performance Improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters, top performing healthcare systems tend to have centralized oversight of performance improvement.

Commenting in Modern Healthcare, Chenoweth said; “Where the health system boards have taken responsibility for quality and are actively insisting on standards and goals across the system and monitoring progress, you will see much greater alignment and much faster improvement across the hospitals in the System.”

West Penn Allegheny’s Board of Directors, which includes six physician leaders from the organization, has assumed just such a role in helping advance the System’s quality initiatives and chart its performance, said Sanford Kurtz, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and President of the WPAHS Physician Organization.

“I have been most impressed by our board’s accountability and attention to the critical issue of patient care quality and its unwavering support of our endeavors to not only maintain the highest standards of care but s
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