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West Penn Hospital Named Winner of 2009 Premier Award for Quality
Date:6/23/2009

Premier healthcare alliance has once again recognized The Western Pennsylvania Hospital for its commitment to outstanding patient care and operational efficiency. West Penn is one of just 23 hospitals in the country and the only healthcare provider in the region to win Premier’s 2009 Award for Quality (AFQ).

(Vocus) June 23, 2009 -- According to Susan DeVore, Premier’s incoming president and chief executive officer, the AFQ identifies healthcare organizations that efficiently provide outstanding patient care and consistently set the standard in clinical excellence nationwide. West Penn is receiving the award for the second consecutive year.

“The Award for Quality honors the efforts of our nation’s leading hospitals to provide superior quality and operational efficiency,” said Ms. DeVore. “We are thrilled to celebrate the efforts of these facilities as they improve the health of the communities they serve.”

Premier considers performance-based criteria in selecting its AFQ winners, including clinical quality outcomes, resource utilization, and clinical process indicators to measure top performers at the overall hospital level.

Nearly 3,800 hospitals were evaluated by Premier for the 2009 AFQ. Other recipients this year include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia.

“This award is a tribute to the outstanding quality of the physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals who work at West Penn Hospital. Through their unwavering commitment to excellence, we are able to provide the community and our patients a level of care and service that distinguishes us among our peers,” said Dawn M. Gideon, Executive Vice President and Chief of Hospital Operations for the West Penn Allegheny Health System.

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