Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital has won Vizient’s 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. The award recognizes Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital for demonstrating superior performance as measured by Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted annually since 2005. Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, presented the award on Sept. 29 during the 2016 Vizient Clinical Connections Summit in Dallas.
“Every day the employees and physicians of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital demonstrate excellence and achieve the characteristics recognized by this award,” says Trish Lollo, president, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. “Patient safety and quality are our top priority. We take great pride that we have been recognized nationally by our peers.”
This year, more than 100 academic medical centers and 124 community hospitals were included in the study, which reviewed performance data from a variety of sources, including Vizient’s Clinical Data Base, Vizient’s Core Measures Data Base, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network.
Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study helps academic medical centers and community hospitals identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity. The Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care—safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness—were used as a guide in structuring the criteria.
“Hospitals today are using data and analytics to help them more effectively manage cost and deliver superior clinical outcomes and patient experiences,” says Jody Hatcher, president, sourcing and collaboration services. “By winning this award, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital demonstrated a successful leadership style, a shared sense of purpose, a focus on results, and a culture of collaboration, accountability and adaptability necessary to succeed during this time of unrelenting change in our industry. We congratulate them on their achievement.”
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